Lessing and Cannibals
A friend e-mailed a link to a recent news item that I found in my in-box this morning. “Thought of you, love Arlaina” the friend wrote.
The news item in question is about a horror writer from Mexico City (Jose Calva) who dismembered his girlfriend, a 30 year-old single mother. The title of Calva’s unpublished manuscript: Cannibalistic Instincts. He was caught when Mexico City police discovered the girlfriend’s torso in his closet, her leg in the refrigerator, and her bones in a cereal box.
I’m touched my friend thought of me.
But I’m also saddened. I’d like to take a moment here to correct a very hurtful stereotype. Guys like Dahmer and Calva make cannibals look bad. Cannibals aren’t supposed to eat their friends; they eat their enemies! It’s very bad manners. J J J
In other news of note, when Doris Lessing returned home from grocery shopping, reporters were waiting at her home in North London to tell her that she’d won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her response? "I can't say I'm overwhelmed with surprise," Lessing said. "I'm 88 years old and they can't give the Nobel to someone who's dead, so I think they were probably thinking they'd probably better give it to me now before I've popped off." Then she went on a rant about the destructiveness of war, and criticized Mugabe, the current leader of her native Zimbabwe, whom she called, “a disaster.”