Archive for August, 2018

Quote of the day: JOKES

August 20, 2018


Let’s say that we’re sending another Voyager out into space, and you get to choose the one joke we include on the golden record to represent comedy to the aliens. What joke would you pick? I would put in Rodney Dangerfield’s joke: “I was making love with my wife, and she had a faraway look in her eyes, and I said, ‘Darling, is there someone else?’ and she said, ‘There must be.’ ” That’s as perfect a joke as I can imagine.

–Jerry Seinfeld, interviewed by Dan Amira in the New York Times Magazine

Photo Diary: Mexico City miscellania

August 17, 2018

The subway system in Mexico City runs very well — the trains are fast and quiet, they’ll take you almost anywhere in the city, though the whole system shuts down at midnight. On the platform are screens almost always showing rock videos from the VH-1 era and earlier, for some reason. And as in Rio de Janeiro, there are train cars and waiting areas set aside specifically for women and children. Yes, the trains get quite crowded, and apparently some guys can’t be trusted to keep their hands to themselves….

What is this object, you might ask? It’s a stand to hang your purse or shopping bag or backpack on that magically appears next to your table if needed. David told me there’s a superstition that leaving your bag on the ground will make your money disappear.

In Mexico as in Italy, many bars offer a full array of free snacks at happy hour. The translation sometimes leaves something to be desired. Chiltepin pig? Ostion cream?

Beautiful parks all over the city. I was most taken with Parque Mexico, in the Condesa neighborhood, in the midst of which stands this monument to Albert Einstein.

Photo Diary: Mexico City part 2

August 17, 2018

Mexico City is full of public art, from grand monuments in plazas to colorful murals to fancy graffiti to psychedelic T-shirts for sale in the centro historico to garage doors that just demand some kind of expression. The Diego Rivera mural (Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central) was originally commissioned for a hotel that was badly damaged in the 1985 earthquake; now it’s housed in its own museum just off the Alameda, the beautiful park in the center of town.


Quote of the day: ALIENATION

August 17, 2018


The reason we feel alienated is because the society is infantile, trivial, and stupid. So the cost of sanity in this society is a certain level of alienation. I grapple with this because I’m a parent. And I think anybody who has children, you come to this realization, you know – what’ll it be? Alienated, cynical intellectual? Or slack-jawed, half-wit consumer of the horseshit being handed down from on high? There is not much choice in there, you see. And we all want our children to be well-adjusted; unfortunately, there’s nothing to be well-adjusted to.

–Terence McKenna, “The World and Its Double”

portrait by Jon Hanna

Photo Diary: Mexico City part 1

August 17, 2018

In late July I attended a conference in Mexico City, which enabled me to fulfil a long-standing invitation to stay with my friend David Lida (below left), who took me to one of his favorite cantinas in the historic center called El Hórreo, where we met his friend Michael Parker.

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