Reading the Hugos (2019) The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington

Commenting on my last post, where I gave a harsh beating to the previous Hugo short story finalist, Alexandru Constantin mentioned that he “can’t get past the stupid titles.” Yes, I have thought about that too, and it’s a common issue with these award-worthy stories or those that give off some kind of literary aspiration: they usually have humongous titles. It’s like they are trying to compensate for something, or perhaps it’s a way to mark the story as one of their own. It reminds me of that amusing observation about the length of a country’s official names correlating with how undemocratic it is (e.g., People’s Democratic Republic of Something or Other.)

I’m pleased to announce that that does not apply to today’s story, and even if the title is ridiculously long and descriptive, in this case, it seems more a matter of extreme literalism and lack of imagination to come up with titles than anything else.

This one is good.

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DISUM 19-04-2018

 

  1. You definitely have a problem, Houston.

Ex-Houston 911 operator guilty of hanging up thousands of callers – CBS News 19.04.2018

A former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for emergency services. Jurors on Wednesday found 44-year-old Crenshanda Williams guilty of interference with emergency telephone calls, a misdemeanor.

She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

Prosecutors from the Harris County district attorney’s office say she worked as a 911 operator for a year and a half, ending in 2016. Records showed that thousands of calls lasting less than 20 seconds were attributed to her hanging up. She was fired after a supervisor noticed the unusual number of “short calls,”

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DISUM 22-03-2018: Robot fish, dictators, and referendums.

1.The elimination of the dreaded female gender goes apace, evil patriarchs all around the world rejoice.

All-women’s college asks profs not to call students ‘women’ – Campus Reform 19.03.2018

Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s school, is asking professors to avoid calling students “women” or otherwise referring to “the two genders.”

The Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students guide was created by officials at the college, which touts its legacy as an all-women’s college, in an effort to promote a “gender neutral” classroom environment.

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La CUP y el “Negro Mágico”

La CUP de Barcelona propone que los manteros cambien el top manta por la barca aprovechando que muchos de ellos son pescadores de profesión. […] En esta línea la CUP también proponen crear una cooperativa con los sastres o un recorrido por las escuelas contando cuentos orales de África.

Fuente: e-noticies.es

Al principio me ha entrado la risa, pero pensándolo mejor, si se les encuentra trabajos para lo suyo, pues mejor que mejor. Ahora bien, con lo que aún me estoy riendo es con lo de los cuentos orales de África.

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