On Being (or About me)

“But the picking out, the choosing. Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it. I saw you and made up my mind. My mind.”
Toni Morrison, Jazz
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In no particular order: Barcelona, international development work, Gaudi, The New Yorker magazine, politics, Proust, Hesse, Thomas Mann, Amedeo Modigliani, Ernesto Sábato, Paris, Rilke, Silvio Rodríguez, Dostoyevsky, Cavafis, Joaquín Sabina, Aranjuez concerto, Bach, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, running (until they invent a pill that would give me the same results), public health work, creme bruleé (hence the running), theater, Kindle, Flamenco, Anaïs Nin, Fellini, Almodóvar, Berlanga, Radio Labs, Ravel, Ellis Regina, Serrat, Communications work for non-profits, salsa dancing, o fado, Brazil, languages, Journalism and media research, Anthropology, race studies, feminism, travel, El Bosco, environmentalism. So, good films, good music, good literature, good conversation, and the sea, the sea, the sea.
People who are daring and open-minded… and would try (almost) anything once.

In a world of fugitives the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.
T. S. Eliot

Lies, patriarchy, dictators and their apologists, discrimination in all its forms, and right now in particular discrimination (the slightest joke is included here) against LGBT people, guns, global warming deniers, polluters.

People who think “women/men do/are X.”  I don’t care for generalizations and stereotypes… with one exception, I believe all idiots allow stereotypes to guide them.
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La lealtad a la filosofía significa no permitir que el miedo disminuya nuestra capacidad de pensar.
Max Horkheimer.

Pido prestada a Borges la definición: soy una mujer desgarrada hasta el escándalo por sucesivas y contrarias lealtades, que en algún momento aprendió que la angustia es el precio de ser uno mismo.

Nunca se sabe, hasta el final, si lo que un día cualquiera nos sucede es historia o simple contingencia, si es todo (por trivial que parezca) o es nada (por doloroso que sea).
Ernesto Sábato, Sobre héroes y tumbas

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