Out of the Cycle

My completely apolitical husband somehow came across Tucker Carlson’s interview of Viktor Orban before I even knew it existed. It must truly be everywhere.

I’m a little out of the news cycle, and it looks like everybody is far ahead of me. My goal currently is to make sure that my article on the Spanish writer Ana Iris Simón is the first scholarly piece on her. She’s already being accused of being a fascist because she’s not a standard, boring leftie. Somebody needs to write something intelligent about her, and that somebody has to be me. Then, anybody who writes about Simón after me will have to respond to my argument and not to fantasies about fascism ringing in their ears.

Also, I’m reading a hilarious new Spanish novel where a wokester moves to the countryside and tries to convince farmers that milking cows is a form of sexual abuse. He holds workshops on how to abandon heteronormativity, and the villagers treat him like a slightly daft but mostly endearing eccentric.

Only to think how much this woke rot has infected places all the way around the world, and people now have to dig their way from under this insanity.

8 thoughts on “Out of the Cycle

  1. “convince farmers that milking cows is a form of sexual abuse”

    Vegans see sexual abuse all through every aspect of animal husbandry… and try to treat farm animals as personal pets… excuse me, companion animals.

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      1. “they are so preoccupied with this…”

        Well they talk about artificially inseminating cows in terms of ‘rape’… though there are videos of dairy farmers on youtube…. the cow is usually eating and barely notices…

        Most people are very alienated from the lives/realities of animals. On youtube people were having hysterics about a coach ‘punching’ a horse at the olympics and then you see it…. it’s on a part of the horse (hindquarters) built to withstand kicks from other horses (which are about a hundred times harder than any human can hit)…

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        1. This reminds me of an old Soviet joke where a guy came to a collective farm to inseminate the cows. After he was done and climbed into his truck to leave, a cow put her face through the open window and said, “how about a kiss, at least?”

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          1. There is an old farm joke here: Farmer Jones is out in his field delivering a breech calf. City gal driving by sees him, screeches to a halt and runs out to him: “What can I do to help?!?” Farmer Jones says “Grab a leg and pull!” So they tug and they pull and they pull and they tug, and that calf is born alive and healthy and staggers around on its wobbly feet. Farmer Jones offers to pay the gal for her assistance, but she refuses: “I don’t want a cent! I just want to know one thing: how fast was the little one going, when it hit the big one?”

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  2. “He holds workshops on how to abandon heteronormativity”

    This reminds me of a Polish comedy from 1988… a wealthy (for the place and time) older lady from Warsaw finds herself in a village and giving a speech to a local women’s circle. Her topic of choice is nutrition for dogs (and how to cook for them). She advises primarily fresh beef and veal…. while holding her pampered white poodle….

    This was communist Poland so there’s no question of humoring her… they laugh her off the stage….

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