Check out this piece by Nicholas Mead on the thorough screwing the impoverished Carmel district of Barcelona is receiving from the socialist council in alliance with developers. It’s ironic that many of the same socialists jumped up and down with glee when local lad Juan Marsé won some writing prize or other. One can safely assume that they don’t read very much: his work is virtually all situated in the same zone of Barcelona as the Carmelo, and his theme is the abandonment of people by their government.
(As far as I can recall, myself and VV agreed in a bar at 4am roughly a week before the announcement that Marsé was going to win. Unfortunately literary betting doesn’t yet seem to have become established in Spain. Subsidies for Barcelona writers don’t count as wagers: the outcome is too gloomily predictable.)
- garzón vs ashcroft
A couple of things I can’t work out this morning: Why Spanish people make such a big deal out of John Ashcroft
- Why Eduardo Chillida and Barcelona council should be exchanging lawsuits
Brief for Barcelona council Eduardo Chillida sold us a “sculpture” called In praise of water/Elogi de l’aigua/Elogio del agua. In fact it
- Link sink for 30/05/2009
Mid-20th century Ibero-American hits, state-controlled media, the personal and the public.
- Jaroslav HaÅ¡ek in Barcelona, almost
Just before he died, says Cecil Parrott in The bad Bohemian, the author of The good soldier Å vejk (that’s Shvake: “No
- Which side are they on?
Two of today’s stories: Lleida council refuses to name a street after local Guardia Civil, Jesús María Freixes Montes, murdered by ETA