Book review: A Supposedly Fun Thing…

My ebook version of “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again” by David Foster Wallace came with three essays: one on David Lynch, one on professional tennis, with the titular one last. I gave up halfway through the tennis essay: Lynch gives me the creeps and I’ve never had an interest in tennis, so…

Quiet today

Is everyone recovering from the governor’s wedding to a TV-product Jordan lookalike?

Dislikes

State and mafia violence, farcical politics and bad street signage.

Baseline

Chayote, odious white goods, comments on class and variable geography.

Fooling around on ancient monuments pt 2

These guys had complex societies, writing, astrology and built giant stone monuments when my people were still wandering around the steppes going ‘damn it’s cold!’ You have to admire the achievements – although I suspect that they didn’t do so well on my criteria for a good society: redistribution, sustainability, security and quality of life…

Weaving reflections

I’ve made friends with a couple of upscale women in textile handicrafts – they work on private sector ‘inclusive value chains’ i.e. getting better prices to artisans by encouraging them to make more market-friendly designs of their traditional weaving etc, and marketing that to rich folks. This is a fascinating area. I did an online…

Ayotzinapa ‘disappearances’ protests

The extrajudicial kidnapping and killing of the 43 student teachers from the radical teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa has had the country in disgusted upheaval for months now because of the way it revealed the cosy cooperation between Iguala municipality’s mayor, drug gangs, the police and the national army. For those of us coming from the…

Peñatas

Many Mexicans are unhappy with the current president’s failure to lead for the people. This has led some citizens to combine tradition with frustration and instead of the piñata, have a Peñata at their parties:  

Yasmin vs Nigel

I love the fact that Frank and Sheila’s twins in ‘Shameless’ are named Nigel and Delia. In the next season Frank refers to them as ‘poor little Gordon and Delia’ and has to be corrected about the names of his children. Hahahaa Anyway, I’m having a slight cookbook debacle myself. Soon after arriving here and…

Inflamed beyond the limits of self-control

Today Z and I were invited to a meal with ladies who work, but also lunch. We’d been told that it’s informal – so we came wearing comfortable clothes, on the racy side for Bangladesh but relatively cool (e.g. just-below-calf length silk skirt, grey t-shirt, contemporary red perspex earrings and red wrap for me). Of…