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Buenos Aires Bookmobile

Came across this parked around the corner from my apartment this morning. I wanted to check out a book, but couldn’t find the librarian.

Bookmobile -- with canon

Tank of the education army

You got to love a place like this, in spite of its crumbling infrastructure and haughty attitude about itself.

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  1. Danko!

    Great pic! However, rather than a simple lending library in the estilo porteño, you have stumbled upon a concretization of Manuel Gálvez’ El mal metafísico subtitled: “Metafísica y angustia en la Pampa” (to date unpublished). In this case, it represents Holly’s inner librarian yearning to parallel park on the Avenida Nueve de Julio (la metafisica) and to discover that the only available spot is on the opposite side of the avenue (la angustia).

    Gálvez was inspired by the work, also unpublished, of Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz, El pollo que está solo y espera which posits and answers the age-old conundrum in a uniquely porteño manner:

    ¿Por qué el pollo cruzó la Avenida Nueve de Julio? El pollo no consiguió al otro lado.

    AR

      • Ranko Danko!

        Apologies for the delay in reply — have been in Shanghai. Apparently and much to my chagrin, your site doesn’t make it across the Great Firewall of China. Ergo the delay.

        The issue with the chicken is not really the chicken, but rather the road; not just any road, mind you, but the Avenida Nueve de Julio — the austral Champs-Élysées.

        While pondering anew the poultry pregunta, let me pose this:

        Concerning Possessed by Shadows and The Common Bond — both Meisterstüke of the Oeuvre Merritt, which, incidentally, lack the leitmotif of pessimism inherent in the works of Schopenhauer (in the right circumstance this can be a double-plus good) — are you able to offer an explanation for page 225 of the former and pages 313-314 of the latter?

        AR