Just Like

The creepiest coverage of the disturbed Christian missionary who was killed by the Sentinelese tribe was by a Russian blogger who concluded this story with, “This is exactly like Putin who wants to isolate himself from the world and shoot anybody who approaches and tries to civilize him.”

Languages

We were having dinner, when Klara turned to me and said, “¿Cómo estás?” At first, I had no idea what she was saying because I’m not trying to teach her Spanish. I knew it sounded familiar but I didn’t expect it to come out of her.

I have no idea where she picked it up.

Immigration Policy

This immigration policy proposal is definitely better than the insanity that currently exists and that seems designed with the sole goal of humiliating migrants and helping out organized crime, traffickers, and gangs.

Any immigration reform should start with establishing the goal of immigration. Without that, there will be a series of haphazard measures that undermine each other and create needless suffering.

Won’t Be Reading

I was going to read Anna Burns’s Milkman but after seeing this review I lost all interest:

Middle sister has already begun to stick out from her older siblings by showing no interest in marriage and by this habit of reading Victorian novels as she walks down perfectly respectable streets. There is nothing between her and the Milkman but the gossips see logical connections. Of course the unmarried reading-while-walking weirdo will hook up with the paedo Milkman.

Maybe it’s unfair and the review is bad and doesn’t reflect what the novel is about but if there’s the tiniest chance it does, I want to avoid it. You can’t seriously write, in the 21st century, about sticking out by way of not wanting to get married. You can’t even pull it off and not sound intensely boring in Riyadh, let alone in Ireland.

Unmarried and reading 18-year-olds stopped counting as stigmatized weirdos about a hundred years ago. It’s time for the writers to wake up and notice the very different problems that today’s very different women actually have. Marriage is dead in developed countries because consumerism ate it. That would be something interesting to read about.

I haven’t read the book, though. I’m commenting solely on the idiotic review.