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Blindspotting (2018)

Había leído en una revista [tipo Esquire o GQ] acerca de Blindspotting (2018). La tenía en mi queue.

Es inteligente como la premisa de la cinta ocurre en el cuadro (imagen) que acompaña a esta entrada.

Un hombre (Collin Hoskins interpretado por Daveed Diggs) que está a tres días de cumplir un año de libertad condicional, es testigo de cómo un policía abate a un ciudadano afroamericano en Oakland. La amistad del protagonista con Miles (interpretado por Rafael Casal) va teniendo una evolución a lo largo de la producción.

Es una película efectiva, haciendo valer su duración de una hora y 36 minutos.

Obama la tuvo entre sus favoritas en 2018. Pero eso no influyó en mí para verla.

Como subtrama está la gentrificación de Oakland. En cierta manera, esa es la subtrama de todas las grandes ciudades.



Harold Bloom

In 1973, Bloom finally, painfully, finished the book that had begun with his nightmare. The book, "The Anxiety of Influence," was dense and complicated; it employed so many obscure terms that it seemed to have been written by a kabbalistic Lewis Carroll. Bloom is indeed alienated from his entire profession. He has given up teaching graduate students because, he says, he fears that they will be tarred by his brush.

Link: The Prophet of Decline (Fragmento de artículo)

Elijah Cummings, RIP

Elijah Cummings' faith in the Constitution was whole, it was complete, and he didn't plan to sit there and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of it. He was, as Thomas Paine wrote, a winter soldier of the first rank.

Link: Elijah Cummings Was a Winter Soldier of the First Rank

Escribir es difícil

En su tiempo, muchos años atrás, me encontré con esta situación. Situación que era consustancial con la escritura. Su dificultad.

Es tan difícil escribir. Literariamente.
Writing is a lot of frustrating, hard work completed over time. Whether you’re good at it or talented winds up mattering less, in the end, than the ability to keep doing it, even in the face of your own pain and the world’s potential apathy. La redacción periodística es más benevolente. Hay machotes. Hubo una o dos ocasiones en que sentía la ansiedad de la página en blanco al empezar un “breaking news”. Pero pones en orden las ideas y redactas de inmediato.


Link: Demystifying the Writer’s Fear of Failure.








La literatura como escapismo

La literatura es escapismo. Se pretende escapar del mundo. Aunque por las lecturas se termina en el mundo. Es un escapismo donde pretendemos escapar de nosotros mismos, y terminamos en nosotros mismos.

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La parte más difícil no es escapar o decidir quedarse. La parte más difícil es saber quién soy y dónde estoy.

Humans Have Salamander-Like Ability to Regrow Cartilage in Joints

Kraus and colleagues, including lead author Ming-Feng Hsueh, Ph.D., devised a way to determine the age of proteins using internal molecular clocks integral to amino acids, which convert one form to another with predictable regularity.



Newly created proteins in tissue have few or no amino acid conversions; older proteins have many. Understanding this process enabled the researchers to use sensitive mass spectrometry to identify when key proteins in human cartilage, including collagens, were young, middle-aged or old.



They found that the age of cartilage largely depended on where it resided in the body. Cartilage in ankles is young, it’s middle-aged in the knee and old in the hips. This correlation between the age of human cartilage and its location in the body aligns with how limb repair occurs in certain animals, which more readily regenerate at the furthest tips, including the ends of legs or tails.



Link: Humans Have Salamander-Like Ability to Regrow Cartilage in Joints | Duke Health