Dead Last

CNN came in dead last for ratings during their almost five-hour “Equality Town Hall” event with the Democratic presidential candidates on Thursday. Fox News came in first and MSNBC was in second during the same time period. Fox News was in first place for the entirety of CNN’s nearly five-hour long town hall from 7:30 p.m.-12 a.m. by averaging 3.7 million viewers and 662,000 in the 25-54 demo. CNN was in last place by having an average of 1.1 million total viewers and 320,000 in the 25-54 demo, meaning Fox News had a triple-digit advantage over CNN.

What Fox showed all evening was Trump’s Minneapolis rally. It was a really fun rally. I watched a small segment of the rally and then some highlights from the townhall on YouTube, and Trump sounded a lot saner than “my-pronouns-are-xyz-Kamala” and “you have erased black trans women for the last tiiiiiiime!”

I wonder if the pronoun crowd knows how completely insane it sounds to pretty much everybody on the planet.

St Louis Finds

You folks will never guess what I saw in St Louis.

Andrew Yang signs!!

I was driving through a very expensive part of town, with mansions, private schools, that sort of stuff. And I saw Andrew Yang yard signs.

It’s obvious that you’ve got to be rich to like Yang but I had no idea anybody in St Louis was as rich as all that.

St Louis Encounters

I just talked to a passionate Trump supporter. She’s a scholar, immigrant, feminist, and was completely pro-Obama both times.

But she’s against open borders because the effect of globalization on her very poor country has been really bad. So she likes Trump.

Of course, she only shared her opinions with me because she saw I wasn’t rabid.

A Tiny Departure

The moment a Dem candidate steps a tiny way away from the deranged wokesterism that has engulfed the party, the ideological purity hounds begin the hunt. From the NYTimes today:

As she injects chaos into the 2020 Democratic primary by accusing her own party of “rigging” the election, an array of alt-right internet stars, white nationalists and Russians have praised her.

My favorite part isn’t even the supremely idiotic expression “white nationalists,” but the obligatory addition of “and Russians” to any list of evildoers.

Gabbard is maybe half a percentage point less wokie-doodle than the rest of the candidates but even that tiny departure from the cult of wokesterism can’t be tolerated.

Single-author Courses

The only courses dedicated to a single author that I’ve had were in Cervantes, Galdós, and Calderón. So it’s usually somebody Spanish and deservedly hallowed. I’m sure there have been Lorca courses.

In English lit I’ve had single-author courses on Samuel Johnson, Virginia Woolf, and Mark Twain. Obviously, courses on Shakespeare and Milton also exist. Maybe Chaucer, too.

Has anybody taken, taught, or heard of a single-author course dedicated to a Latin American writer?

Book Notes: Carmen Mola’s Gypsy Bride

Gypsy Bride is a bestselling police procedural by a mysterious Spanish author who writes under a pseudonym.

To those who love the genre (which is about zero people on this blog, it seems) I can explain exactly what Carmen Mola is like. She’s a Spanish Tess Gerritsen.

Gerritsen is the author of extremely gruesome novels about serial killers and eccentric, damaged women detectives who hunt them down. Gerritsen’s blood-curdling novels were turned into a comedic TV series Rizzoli and Isles but that’s not the author’s fault. She’s still the most lurid mystery writer I know.

Mola is clearly a great fan and is imitating Gerritsen for the Spanish public. It isn’t plagiarism. Mola is inventing her own gore. But she’s following Gerritsen’s model pretty faithfully. Gerritsen’s been neutered by the constraints of writing for the stupid show, so now the lovers of extreme ickiness in police procedurals can go to Mola instead.

By the way, Gypsy Bride is the only mystery/police procedural in Spanish that I read of my own free will and actually finished. I detest Hispanic mystery as much as I love the English-language version of the genre. But again, I only read it because it’s like reading Gerritsen in translation.