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20 Things to do Before the END OF THE WORLD

Hello, all right, so there'sbeen a lot of talk about how it's supposed tobe the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. And that's due to the Mayan calendar and how it's running out, et cetera. Personally, I don't buy it, because people have been predicting the end of the world for, I don't know, thelast thousand years.

And I don't know howmany of you remember Y2K, but nothing happened there. But even though I don't believe that the world's going toend in only a few months, it's still got methinking, what would I do if I knew that the world was going to endé So I decided to come upwith a list of things that I would wanna get donebefore the world ended.

And some people call it a bucket list, you know, before they die, and this one's gonna be similar, except it'sbeforetheendoftheworld list. 20 things to do beforethe end of the world. Go streaking. What better way tocelebrate the apocalypse than to streak down thestreets of your local towné

And I think the best part about streaking during the apocalypse is, what's the police gonna do about ité Like, they're worried aboutlooters and murderers. I don't really think they're worried about me in my birthday suit doing the windmill. There's a little visual for you. Tell everybody exactlywhat I think about them.

And I mean exactly. Doesn't matter who it is. With the freedom of knowing that there will be noconsequences for my actions because the world's going to end, I'm free to just let loose. You (bleep)ing dickface piece of (bleep)! Oh, well, sorry, Grandma.

I know that was a little harsh. But you didn't send me abirthday card this year! Pray to God. Now, I'm not religious by any means, but I figure a good prayerright before Judgment Day might go a long way to helpget me into the Pearly Gates. Can't hurt! Burn my underwear in protest

Signs Preceding the End of the World Yuri Herrera Book Review The Bookish

The city was an edgy arrangement of cement particles and yellow paint. Signs prohibiting things throned the streets, leading citizens to see themselves as ever protected, safe, friendly, innocent, proud, and intermitently bewildered, blithe, and buoyant; salt of the only earth worth knowing. They flourished in supermarkets, cornucopias where you could have more than everyone else or something different or a newer brand or a loaf of bread a little bigger than everybody else's.

Makina just dented cans and sniffed bottles and thought it best to verse, and it was when she saw the anglogaggle at the selfchechouts that she noticed how miserable they looked in front of those little digital screens, and they way they nearlynearly jumped every time the machine went bleep! at each item. And how on versing out to the street, they sought to make amends for their momentary oneup by becoming wooden again so as not to offend anyone. Today I'm showing you Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera. And translated by Lisa Dillman.

Seeé Here she is. Yuri Herrera being a Mexican author, and this is his first book translated into English. I'm sorry I'm grossly mistranslating his name. I can't do that R. That quot;Verquot;. Sofia Vergarrrrararrarara. It's not. I can't do it. I just can't. I can't do it. Part fable, part allegory, part picaresque novel, um, Signs Preceding the End of the World is about a woman named Makina,

who is a. uh, well she lives in Mexico. And she is a switchboard operator and a courier, uh, by day sort of a courier in the Mexican underground. It's never made clear what that's really about, but she, in this book, is going to cross the border illegally into the United States to find her brother who left a bunch of years ago, and nobody's heard from him since. It's written in a really evocative manner. A friend of mine called it at times. What's the word her usedé Phantasmagoric.

which I think works. It's really lovely story, and it's hard to pin down exactly what it is. I said before that it kind of reads like a fable. A lot of the characters in this book that she comes across are sort of. They almost They don't feel like actual people. They feel like concepts. Um, and they're even Some of them are given names like Mr. Aitch. They don't They're not given these really fleshedout identities, which you can't even do in a 90page book anyway.

So she's crossing the border, she's looking for her brother, but this isn't really the point of this book. It's not really about quot;Will she find him or notéquot; It's about her, her sort of internal journey as she's traveling. We read this for my book group, and what is interesting about it is that it reads very easily, but it's also incredibly heady. Makina's a real badass. She's really resourceful, um, and she knows how to stand up for herself.

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