Tomeu en Madrid

Tomeu estaba un poco cansado de aquella ciudad tan grande que tenía delante de él. Esto es Madrid, pues vaya mierda pensaba. Tan grande, tanto tráfico, tanto estrés... si nada se compara con Mallorca, ¡coño!

Tomeu tenía hambre así que se fue al primer bar que encontró por la Gran Via.
Se sienta y de inmediato lo viene a atender el camarero,

–¿Qué va a tomar el señor?

Tomeu, por supuesto, no lo dudó ni un momento,

– De primer, unes sopes, i de segon, un frit!

El camarero, descojonado le pregunta: – Perdón, ¿el señor... es forastero?

Tomeu frunció su entrecejo, lanzado una mirada fulminante exclamó;

– Forastero ¿YO?¡YO SOY BIEN MALLORQUÍN!

Y apuntándole con el dedo señaló:

–¡Tú eres el forastero!

Historia del amor en diez minutos camino a mi casa

Son casi las doce de la noche cuando salgo del bar. No, no es que suela ir a los bares los jueves por la noche, pero esta era noche de dardos en Sinaí, el bar de Jeanette. Jugamos cinco partidas, Jeanette, Basti, Deivs y yo. Las dos primeras quedé último, las otras dos tercero y en la última por fin gané, así que antes de que volvieran a comenzar otra partida pagué mi ronda y volví a casa con esa exuberante sensación de campeón ( a pesar de que había hecho cuatro partidas horribles).

Ahí estoy caminando solo por las calles de Cala Ratjada, pensando en que con este calor debí haber salido sin jersey, y luego dándome cuenta de que he salido con un jersey y una camisa que no pegan. Sin embargo, lo que más ocupa mi cabeza en esos diez minutos desde el bar de Jeanette hasta mi casa es el pensar acerca del amor. Imagino que estoy pensando en eso ya que esta semana me ha tocado estar con muchos individuos que lo están pasando mal debido a problemas del corazón. ¿Por qué será que esa es la causa que más malestar nos trae a los seres humanos? Eso y los problemas económicos (y la salud tal vez). En definitiva, estaba pensando en qué es lo realmente nos hace pasarla tan mal cuando se trata de amores no correspondidos/olvidados/perdidos.

Mi primera respuesta es que no tengo idea. Si solo me es difícil entenderme a mí mismo, mucho menos puedo sentirme capacitado para reprensentar la complejidad de cada corazón humano. Casualmente esta semana leí el ensayo de Julian Barnes en el que hacía una de-construcción del amor. Es un ensayo bastante complicado, pero en general estoy de acuerdo con él: el amor no es necesario, nos puede dar felicidad aunque no es algo seguro, y deberíamos aprender a decir “te amo” a alguien que realmente lo valga.

Sin embargo, me gustaría añadir algo más: ya que el amor es una paradoja en sí mismo, puesto que pienso firmemente que sí nos hará muy felices, mas solamente una vez que hayamos realmente aprendido a ser felices sin amor. No es el amor el que nos destruye, sino el miedo a perder a la media naranja, o sencillamente el miedo a quedarnos solos.

Tal vez digo estas cosas, porque llevo un par de cervezas y un mojito, pero lo cierto es… lo cierto es… la verdad es que ya no sé lo que es cierto, aparte de que ya es hora de irse a dormir.

(Ah sí, lo cierto es que en esta vida todo es una paradoja)

Sobre la RAE y su gramática

Estos días he sufrido unos cuantos dolores de cabeza intentado descifrar los contenidos de la Nueva Gramática de la Lengua Española de la RAE para un trabajo. No es una obra que recomiende a los que no se dedican a estudiar el lenguaje, a menos que se tenga un improbable deseo de leer 50 páginas acerca de los valores de los valores del “se” o de las oraciones pseudocopulativas. Sin embargo, no puedo dejar de aplaudir la magnánima labor que se ha hecho por parte de las academias para abarcar los españoles de tantos sitios.

Aunque la RAE suele ser normativa y prescriptiva en cuanto a la escritura que hasta cierto punto lo encuentro es necesario (la lengua escrita es sólo un invento artificial, que se debe aprender así como se aprende matemáticas o ciencias), es mucho más flexible y descriptiva en cuanto al lenguaje hablado (que se aprende de una forma mucho más natural, como a caminar o a comer).

Sé que para algunos sonaría extraño que un grupo de gramáticos iluminados intentará imponernos unas reglas a la hora de pronunciar las palabras: ¿Cómo reaccionaríamos si la RAE dijese que a partir de ahora no debemos pronunciar la LL como la Y? Técnicamente, la LL debería pronunciarse como una lateral, pero el 98% de los hablantes del español tanto en América como en España no la pronuncian así, y la RAE no lo considera un error.

Parecería una idea descabellada para algunos, y aunque es poco probable que sucediese es español, lo cierto que es una práctica muy común en otras lenguas hermanas. No hace poco escuché como una hablante nativa de catalán es forzada a pronunciar ciertas palabras con una variedad a la que nunca ha tenido contacto directo. Es como si a un mexicano le forzasen en la escuela a pronunciar las zetas como interdentales y no como eses como lo ha hecho toda su vida.

El hecho que cierta forma de hablar tenga más prestigio que otra, son solo razones sociopolíticas, pero desde el punto de vista lingüístico, ningún dialecto es intrínsecamente superior a otro.

Gatsby, love, success and disillusion

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. It could be said that this is a story about love, success and the pursuit of happiness, but I would also suggest that it is a novel about disillusion. Set in the “Roaring Twenties”, the novel portrays a time in which American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity which lead to the biggest economic crises the world ever witnessed, the Crash of 1929. Therefore, after a first reading of the novel, it is quite likely that the reader would certainly notice the obvious, yet scary, similarities with the current situation of today’s economy. Our great-grandfathers were also a generation of consumers, sucking more resources than the ones that they created. Why does it seem as though we have not learnt from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece? The aim of this review is to tackle such questions focusing on my impressions during my reading of the novel and the evolution of the main character: Jay Gatsby.

Jay Gatsby is a mysterious millionaire with suspicious business and an obsessive love for Daisy Buchanan, whom he met when he was a poor young officer in World War I. Therefore, it seems as if he fought really hard to achieve his aspirations; and his aspirations are in fact what The American Dream is all about: the mansion, the power, the influence, and especially, the girl. In other words this is a story about love and money. There is a point in the story in which Gatsby seems to have actually accomplished the American Dream, but all of the sudden he loses absolutely everything, including his own life. What did it happen?

Gatsby’s desires faded away, and at the end we discover that story is about disillusion as it was mentioned before. This might be difficult to figure out before a whole reading of the novel, for it has a fragmented and complex structure. The reader has to collect Gatsby’s background piece by piece and only at the end of the novel it is unveiled who Jay Gatsby really is. Nevertheless, it is quite likely that almost from the beginning of the story, the reader would feel that there is something suspicious about this Gatsby: for instance, the awkward meetings with Meyer Wolfsheim and all the rumors and secrecy that surround him. Nevertheless, the part that would certainly struck the reader the most is when Jordan Baker reveals to Nick Caraway that Gatsby had fallen in love with Daisy in 1917 while he was near Daisy's hometown. The facts are these: Gatsby fell in love with Daisy in 1917, at that time, he was just a poor soldier who couldn’t even dream to get Daisy; however, by 1922, he lives in a mansion in West Egg, throws incredible parties hosting hundreds of people while he is about to regain Daisy’s love. Therefore, it is indeed hard to believe that in only five years, Jay Gatsby managed to achieve all he had ever dreamed. At this point this I realized the message that author was trying to put across: immediate success is just an phony and futile illusion: there was something wrong about the way in which Gatsby managed to be a new rich in such a short time - this is what the reader is likely to think half way through the novel. Perhaps, we might think, he got lucky and he ventured some risky business and gained a quick profit, but there was still something dishonest in the way he got all his wealth so quickly. Eventually, Gatsby is revealed to be a bootlegger which corroborates the previous assumptions.


This is why I would highly recommend a reading of The Great Gatsby. This story surely will shake the readers’ core beliefs. It is also quite likely that the contemporary reader would relate with the characters of the story; most of us also lived that kind of dream in a way or another; a dream about money, fame and love, instant success with a minimum amount of effort. There are big lessons in Gatsby which might be difficult to grasp; yet as it can be seen in the novel, we should never forget that the path of instant and immediate contentment often leads to destruction, decadence, disappointment and unhappiness.


Gatsby, love, success and disillusion

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. It could be said that this is a story about love, success and the pursuit of happiness, but I would also suggest that it is a novel about disillusion. Set in the “Roaring Twenties”, the novel portrays a time in which American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity which lead to the biggest economic crises the world ever witnessed, the Crash of 1929. Therefore, after a first reading of the novel, it is quite likely that the reader would certainly notice the obvious, yet scary, similarities with the current situation of today’s economy. Our great-grandfathers were also a generation of consumers, sucking more resources than the ones that they created. Why does it seem as though we have not learnt from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece? The aim of this review is to tackle such questions focusing on my impressions during my reading of the novel and the evolution of the main character: Jay Gatsby.

Jay Gatsby is a mysterious millionaire with suspicious business and an obsessive love for Daisy Buchanan, whom he met when he was a poor young officer in World War I. Therefore, it seems as if he fought really hard to achieve his aspirations; and his aspirations are in fact what The American Dream is all about: the mansion, the power, the influence, and especially, the girl. In other words this is a story about love and money. There is a point in the story in which Gatsby seems to have actually accomplished the American Dream, but all of the sudden he loses absolutely everything, including his own life. What did it happen?

Gatsby’s desires faded away, and at the end we discover that story is about disillusion as it was mentioned before. This might be difficult to figure out before a whole reading of the novel, for it has a fragmented and complex structure. The reader has to collect Gatsby’s background piece by piece and only at the end of the novel it is unveiled who Jay Gatsby really is. Nevertheless, it is quite likely that almost from the beginning of the story, the reader would feel that there is something suspicious about this Gatsby: for instance, the awkward meetings with Meyer Wolfsheim and all the rumors and secrecy that surround him. Nevertheless, the part that would certainly struck the reader the most is when Jordan Baker reveals to Nick Caraway that Gatsby had fallen in love with Daisy in 1917 while he was near Daisy's hometown. The facts are these: Gatsby fell in love with Daisy in 1917, at that time, he was just a poor soldier who couldn’t even dream to get Daisy; however, by 1922, he lives in a mansion in West Egg, throws incredible parties hosting hundreds of people while he is about to regain Daisy’s love. Therefore, it is indeed hard to believe that in only five years, Jay Gatsby managed to achieve all he had ever dreamed. At this point this I realized the message that author was trying to put across: immediate success is just an phony and futile illusion: there was something wrong about the way in which Gatsby managed to be a new rich in such a short time - this is what the reader is likely to think half way through the novel. Perhaps, we might think, he got lucky and he ventured some risky business and gained a quick profit, but there was still something dishonest in the way he got all his wealth so quickly. Eventually, Gatsby is revealed to be a bootlegger which corroborates the previous assumptions.


This is why I would highly recommend a reading of The Great Gatsby. This story surely will shake the readers’ core beliefs. It is also quite likely that the contemporary reader would relate with the characters of the story; most of us also lived that kind of dream in a way or another; a dream about money, fame and love, instant success with a minimum amount of effort. There are big lessons in Gatsby which might be difficult to grasp; yet as it can be seen in the novel, we should never forget that the path of instant and immediate contentment often leads to destruction, decadence, disappointment and unhappiness.