Garcia Marquez warmed our bellies with his humor

Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We looked for awhile on the Internet but could not find anything written by Milan Kundera (1) about Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of the fabulous One Hundred Years of Solitude and many other wonderful novels  who died last week. However, I did find an interview with Eduardo Galeano (2)   about him.

Pepe Escobar has a great quote in Globalistan from Garcia Marquez's Nobel speech I hadn't seen elsewhere: "Do you recognize our right to create literature?  Then recognize our right to create our History."

And his friend Fidel Castro's comments were great, too: "the goodness of a child and a cosmic talent..."He is a man of tomorrow whom we thank for having lived this life to tell it."

 

 I returned to Kundera because of a comment he made about two great practitioners of the comic novel, Diderot and Sterne: "They discovered the humor of the novelistic form." The same is absolutely true of Garcia Marquez. He gives you the same warmth in the belly you get from Cervantes and Faulkner. In fact there is a transmission at play there: Garcia Marquez regarded Faulkner as his master and Faulkner claimed he reread Don Quixote every year.

--blj

 

(1)

3-11-14

www.kundera.de

"Most Original Book of the Season: Philip Roth Interviews Milan Kundera"

(re Book of Laughter and Forgetting)

http://www.kundera.de/english/InfoPoint/Interview_Roth/interview_roth.html

 

 

MK: I am enormously fond of French culture and I am greatly indebted to it. Especially to the older literature. Rebelais is dearest to me of all writers. And Diderot. I love his "Jacques le fataliste" as much as I do Laurence Sterne. Those were the greatest experimenters of all time in the form of the novel. And their experiments were, so to say, amusing, full of happiness and joy, which have by now vanished from French literature and without which everything in art loses its significance. Sterne and Diderot understand the novel as a great game . They discovered the humor of the novelistic form. When I hear learned arguments that the novel has exhausted its possibilities, I have precisely the opposite feeling: In the course of its history the novel missed many of its possibilities. For example, impulses for the development of the novel hidden in Sterne and Diderot have not been picked up by any successors.

 (2)

4-22-`14

La Red21

Eduardo Galeano dijo tras la muerte de García Márquez que “hay dolores que se dicen callando”

http://www.lr21.com.uy/mundo/1169710-eduardo-galeano-dijo-tras-la-muerte-de-garcia-marquez-que-hay-dolores-que-se-dicen-callando

“Hay dolores que se dicen callando. Se dicen callando, pero duelen igual. Como nos duele la muerte del Gabo García Márquez”, expresó a la prensa el escritor uruguayo Eduardo Galeano.

Tras la muerte del Nobel de Literatura colombiano Gabriel García Márquez a los 87 años en Ciudad de México, Galeano fue consultado por la prensa argentina sobre la pérdida del memorable escritor y periodista.

El escritor uruguayo se encontraba en Brasil cuando se enteró de la noticia: “Lo que más duele está en las bellas palabras que la muerte nos ganó de mano y nos robó”.

“Yo creo que ellas, las palabras robadas, se escapan a la menor distracción, huyen de las páginas de los libros de Gabo y se nos sientan al lado en algún café de Cartagena o Buenos Aires o Montevideo. O aquí, en Río de Janeiro”, dijo el escritor uruguayo a Canal Trece, según así lo consignó el diario Clarín de Buenos Aires.

“Vivo seguirá mientras sus palabras vivan y rían y digan”

“Juntos bebamos más de una copa a la salud del saludable Gabo para reírnos juntos, porque vivo seguirá mientras sus palabras vivan y rían y digan”, expresó Galeano.

Recordó que “es una vieja amistad y no tiene mucho sentido que agregue nada”.

“Lo que tenía para decir es lo que dije a propósito de la capacidad que algunas palabras tienen para escaparse de las páginas de los libros y entonces, uno en el lugar menos previsto y en el momento menos esperado, se encuentra con esas palabras fugitivas que se nos sientan al lado para reír juntos y para mentir juntos y para alzar las copas para que esas palabras, las palabras fugadas que Gabo nos dejó, sigan viviendo, riendo y diciendo”, manifestó Galeano.

“Más que eso no te puedo decir, porque yo estoy en contra de la inflación palabraria: a mí me gusta decir con poco. Lo que yo tengo que decir sobre él y la amistad que nos unió está dicho en estas pocas palabras que te conté”.

Galeano pidió: “Sigamos como él quería. Vamos a seguir riendo juntos. Y cuando haya que resistir y pelear y aguantarse cosas que a veces son difíciles de hacer o de decir, adelante con los faroles. Que vengan como vengan; que vengan como quieran”.

“Nosotros somos amigos de nuestros amigos y enemigos de nuestros enemigos. Como decía el gran escritor norteamericano Ambrose Bierce, quien no tiene enemigos no merece tener amigos”, citó el escritor uruguayo.

“Mil años de soledad y tristeza por la muerte del más grande colombiano de todos los tiempos!, escribió por su parte, el presidente colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, en su cuenta de Twitter. “Los gigantes nunca mueren”, subrayó.

 

 

 

 

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Insights on water: Merced County Board of Supervisors, April 22, 2014

Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 
Insight was provided at this morning's Merced County Board of Supervisors' meeting on current local, state and federal efforts to cope with the drought. Summarizing the discussion, we  concluded that the supervisors believe a "no-brainer, diverse collaboration" is what is needed to deal with our water issues. Or was that the description of the actual state of our water-coping mechanisms?
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NPR toes the Sean Hannity line on Valley water

Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 "For the first time in the history — I've been a farmworker the majority of my life, and I've never seen the coalitions that have been formed — farmers and the farmworkers have united," Lopez says. "This is an issue that's going to affect the world."

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An unbalanced era

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 President Barack Obama recently visited our Central Valley and blamed our meteorological drought on global warming. Has radical environmentalism gone wild, or is this a leftist political agenda being pursued under the frauds of drought, global warming and Delta smelt? – John Michelena, Modesto Bee, April 15, 2014

Although far be it from the Badlands Journal editorial board to judge intemperate utterances of any kind, we’re not sure if Michelena is playing with a full deck, as sincere no doubt as his outrage is over the drought.

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The Great Khaganess is screwing around with our poultry and grain prices

Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The neocon Khaganess of the State Department, Victoria "F**k th EC" Nuland Kagan, remains at her post. Why?

Evidently she is in charge of a neocon cabal in the State Department, the Khaganate of Nulands, intent on realizing a bizarre Khazarian Ravanche campaign to reconquer Ukraine, in part to sell the former Breadbasket of Eurasia to Cargill for the production of Monsanto's genetically modified wheat (which has never been approved in the US), and perhaps alos to make the whole country safe for the construction of Fiddler-On-The-Roof Shtetl Casinos and Retirement Communities (TM) and Last Adventure Tour-Chernobyl geriatric cancer clinics. 

Our point, lest we belabor it with satire, is that the US does not belong there regardless of the agenda of neocons in the federal government. 

Meanwhile, back in that poor, battered and despised world known as Historical Reality, for a number of reasons caused by the Great Khaganess, US grain and poultry producers are beginning to suspect that they've been had again and in a new, different way by the neocon corporatist gummint. Also, Russia is signing gas deals with China instead of the West. -- blj


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History in Agrobizistan

Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
 
The fundamental raison d'etre of public relations, without which corporations could not survive a public with normal memory capacity,  is that "perception is reality." The reality is that Hilmar Cheese has destroyed the groundwater in Hilmar, was finally, after 15 years bribery and political intimidation failed, exposed by the state water quality board and fined, and "fixed" the problem by drilling deep injection wells for its enormous quantities of daily waste, and are now regulated only by the federal EPA. Presumably, the company's influence is still working in Washington DC. 
 
Last week, Hilmar Cheese received awards from various national "green building" groups for its new headquarters and "innovation center" in Hilmar. At the center of this little soap opera of success and righteousness, was a quote by the Chairman: 
 
Richard Clauss, chairman of the Hilmar Cheese Company board of directors, opened the dedication explaining, “LEED demonstrates our continuing commitment to stewardship and sustainability. Our owners and employees live here and we strive to do what is right – for our employees, the dairy farmers that supply us milk, the community and our natural resources.”
 
As the Swiss say: a large manure pile means the owner is wealthy.
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The form of government you're left with at the End of History

Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 We fought a revolution to establish in a government of laws, not tyrannical monarchs who abused laws. We fought a Civil War and two world wars with the Great Depression between them to uphold this great principle. In the depths of WWII, in 1941,  President Franklin Roosevelt announced the Four Freedoms for which we were fighting against fascism and nazism: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom from fear. 

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"Improved hydrology"

Submitted: Apr 08, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board

"Alicia Forsythe, restoration program manager for the Bureau of Reclamation, said: 'We have a long way to go in terms of improved hydrology to start releasing water for the program again.'" -- Mark Grossi, Fresno Bee, April 5, 2014

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Climate change hand-in-hand with colossal corruption

Submitted: Apr 05, 2014
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Badlands Journal editorial board
Although the primary environmental focus of Badlands Journal was momentarily diverted by the West installing a neo-Nazi government in Ukraine and the US Supreme Court shredding the last best defense the mortally wounded US democracy had against the plutocratic oligarchy created by monopoly special interests, we noticed the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published an extremely grim report on climate change a week ago.
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