Abogánster = abogado (lawyer) + gangster. Here‘s some good stuff by Carlos Monsiváis about legal culture in a country where justice is generally viewed as the belonging to the rich. He says that abogánster is a 1940s term whose archetype was Bernabé Jurado, legendary for eating evidence, buying witnesses, overseeing torture leading to false confessions, beating his girlfriends and 14 wives, and seeing in his law degree only a means to undermine the rule of law. Jurado got William Burroughs off after the latter shot his wife Joan Vollmer in 1951, walking with Burroughs into bar La Ã“pera 13 days after the killing in a demonstration of his contempt for the courts. Juan Villoro’s piece–which is a good read, particularly if you’re interested in a Mexican perspective on Burroughs–says that Jurado spent only a year in prison, at the end of his life, after shooting dead his last wife in a fit of jealousy. Probably still just preferable to being a trombonist.
- Another distinguished amateur trombonist
I’ve been on planet Mars, writing some arrangements and checking out the deeper side of big band theory, so I’ve only
- The Calathumpian Band and its horse-fiddle, great trombone and gyastacutas
Slightly off-topic, but irresistible, from Henry Hiram Riley‘s pseudo-ethnography, Puddleford and its people (New York, 1854): Another amusement, frequent in the country,
- Clowning trombonists
The Italians sem to take a more practical attitude to the trombone than do the Spanish: “Rossini’s father played trombone in
- Why you should give your infant a trombone
Kate Alcock (via Lingformant): children who were poor at moving their mouths were particularly weak at language skills, while those who
- In the highest heavens trombones sound
On earth things are not quite so fine.