Mormon Murder Development

Seven people have been arrested for the recent murder of six small children and their moms in Mexico. One of the arrested is, obviously, a local police chief.

This isn’t good news because the kids and the moms are dead, so there can’t be anything good in this situation. And there’s plenty identical criminals to take the place of those who have been arrested. Besides, with all the pressure to do something about a widely publicized case, anybody could have been arrested for appearances’ sake.

Book Notes: Juan Eslava Galán’s History of Spain for Sceptics

The best way to start a new year is with a new book. Eslava Galán is a bestselling author of history books for wide audiences. His books are gossipy and humorous but the research is actually pretty good. I teach Spain’s history in college, and I didn’t find anything unreliable or wrong in the book.

All history books are ideological but Eslava Galán is at least very open about his ideology and never tries to mask bias and present it as objective. He loves Spain and wants to write it up as positively as possible while recognizing everything that’s messed up about it.

There are three things this author hates in a somewhat obsessive way: the Catholic Church, the Habsburg dynasty of Spanish kings, and the mass migration of Muslims. He’s really obsessed with the Muslims, which, however, doesn’t prevent him from writing a really great, well-balanced and historically correct account of the Reconquista and the Muslim presence on the Iberian Peninsula. So Eslava Galán doesn’t fudge facts to make a point. There’s hardly a chapter that goes by, though, without his reminding the readers that he’s opposed to mass migration of Muslims to Europe. It does get funny after a point.

I know Spain’s history so well that there was little new for me in this book but it was a pleasant, fun read. I highly recommend it to those who are new to the subject and don’t want to get into anything heavy.

Things Are Looking Up

I even got enough sleep today because Klara has a new hobby which consists of her cutting up picture books with nail scissors and making arrangements she calls “calendars” out of them. I taught her to spare library books, and now she entertains herself with these projects for hours.

Happy New Year, everybody! I’m sure it will be a great one.