Category Archives: Bookworm Bob

A taste of Italy in the jungle

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Sunday, September 23 I love it when a plan comes together. I went A Team last night here in the jungle, pulling together a Tico-infused version of one … Continue reading

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Trueno y relámpago

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Saturday, September 22 Since I injured my ankle, I’ve let my Spanish studies slip. I get the occasional painful nag from Duolingo reminding me my progress is nonexistent. … Continue reading

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We make house calls

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Thursday, September 20 After nine days, my ankle still was swollen, sore, and in some respects, more painful. I started to worry that maybe this was worse than … Continue reading

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Stoic mill Hunkies, Medieval monsters and the Grapes of Wrath

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Tuesday, September 4 I awoke at 2 a.m. to kettledrumming thunder and rain pinging the metal roof. That might explain the odd dreams I had. Nothing frightening. Just … Continue reading

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A haunting, hilarious talk on the beach with George Saunders

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Tuesday, August 28 I’ve been thinking a lot about ghosts. We passed a Tico cemetery at some point while Jeff was driving me from the airport in San … Continue reading

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What the thunder said …

(To read El Gringo Feo’s Costa Rica Diary from the beginning, start here.) Monday, August 27 Drenching, thunderous rain gave me a welcome excuse to read and write yesterday. I couldn’t help but allude to Eliot’s “The Waste Land” in the … Continue reading

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John Waters has a book he’d like Trump to read

This By the Book interview with John Waters in Sunday’s New York Times was all kinds of awesome, from his citing Ignatius J. Reilly as his favorite fictional hero to his cranky anticipation of the English translation of the next … Continue reading

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Maybe an exorcism is in order

“Like the ghosts we know from stories, they are tied to their former existences, trapped by an idea of themselves, and can’t leave until they are ready; perhaps you recognize their dilemma from your own life, when you have been … Continue reading

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‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the … Continue reading

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My favorite books and music from 2016

Some of these works were new last year. Some were just new to me. Considering I spent almost half the year plodding through Gravity’s Rainbow, my reading list wasn’t too bad. Hoping to ramp that up this year. Most of … Continue reading

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