Sunday, January 08, 2006

Poets and Brahma

07Jan 06 Rio de Janeiro

"Erections, Ejacualtions, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness" is an American classic. Garrison Keillor and my long time philosophy buddy David Brock seem to feel that, except for being a sex-crazed, alcoholic lunatic with a foul mouth and bad skin, Bukowski is a lot like ee cummings. As such, they argue, he should probably be required reading in publc high schools across the country. Sort of an "I'll see your intelligent design and raise you a Bukowski" deal.

Anyhow, the title of that book pretty much summarizes the situation here in pre-carnaval Rio. One of the really cool things about this country is that it takes about a month to prepare for and a month to recover from big holidays like Cristmas, New Year's and CARNAVAL. This of course means that nothing of any substance gets done between about December 1st and sometime in mid-March. It's summer, the time of year when every Brazilian with any sense of taste and decency has submitted to fatalism and has placed everything in the hands of Brahma..... the beer, not the God.

Of course the big beer God here in Rio continues to be Skol. I'm happy to report that the "beeronomy index" is still within acceptable parameters. You can still get yourself an ice cold delicious 600 mililiters of brewsky for about a buck. Life is good. Life is very good.

Going to lunch at a fishing village outside of town. Luckily I got up just in time for lunch. j