Adela Zamudio - To Be Born a Man
She works so hardto make up for the slothof her husband, and in the house(Pardon my surprise.)
he’s so inept and pompous,that of course he’s the bossbecause he’s a man!
If some poems get written,a person must have written them,but she just transcribed them.(Pardon my surprise.)If we’re not sure who’s the poet,why assume it was him?Because he’s a man!
A smart, classy womancan’t vote in elections,but the poorest felon can.(Pardon my surprise.)If he can just sign his nameeven an idiot can votebecause he’s a man!
He sins and drinks and gamblesand in a backwards twist of luckshe suffers, fights, and prays.(Pardon my surprise.)That we call her the “frail sex”and him the “strong sex”because he’s a man!
She has to forgive himwhen he’s unfaithful;but he can avenge himself.(Pardon my surprise.)In a similar casehe’s allowed to kill herbecause he’s a man!

Oh, privileged mortalyou enjoy lifelonghonor and perfect ease!For this, to get all this,it’s enough for youto be born a man.
Adela Zamudio (1854 - 1928) Bolivia
Translated by Liz Henry
Want to know more? Check out Georgetown University’s biography on Adela Zamudio.

Adela Zamudio - To Be Born a Man

She works so hard
to make up for the sloth
of her husband, and in the house
(Pardon my surprise.)

he’s so inept and pompous,
that of course he’s the boss
because he’s a man!

If some poems get written,
a person must have written them,
but she just transcribed them.
(Pardon my surprise.)
If we’re not sure who’s the poet,
why assume it was him?
Because he’s a man!

A smart, classy woman
can’t vote in elections,
but the poorest felon can.
(Pardon my surprise.)
If he can just sign his name
even an idiot can vote
because he’s a man!

He sins and drinks and gambles
and in a backwards twist of luck
she suffers, fights, and prays.
(Pardon my surprise.)
That we call her the “frail sex”
and him the “strong sex”
because he’s a man!

She has to forgive him
when he’s unfaithful;
but he can avenge himself.
(Pardon my surprise.)
In a similar case
he’s allowed to kill her
because he’s a man!

Oh, privileged mortal
you enjoy lifelong
honor and perfect ease!
For this, to get all this,
it’s enough for you
to be born a man.

Adela Zamudio (1854 - 1928) Bolivia

Translated by Liz Henry

Want to know more? Check out Georgetown University’s biography on Adela Zamudio.

Pasatiempo - Mario Benedetti

Cuando éramos niños
los viejos tenían como treinta
un charco era un océano
la muerte lisa y llana
no existía

cuando muchachos
los viejos eran gente de cuarenta
un estanque era océano
la muerte solamente
una palabra

ya cuando nos casamos
los ancianos estaban en cincuenta
un lago era un océano
la muerte era la muerte
de los otros

ahora veteranos
ya le dimos alcance a la verdad
el océano es por fin el océano
pero la muerte empieza a ser
la nuestra

Fundacion Mario Benedetti / English Article about Mario Benedetti in the Brooklyn Rail

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. It is the world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community, and is commonly referred to as Bouchercon. [bough’·chur·con]
BEST MYSTERY FICTION OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES: 
BEST NOVEL
  Suspect - Robert Crais [Putnam] - Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Scott James is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Scott in an effort to track down his late partner’s killer.
  A Cold and Lonely Place - Sara J. Henry [Crown] - Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body. Troy’s assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue collar life in this Adirondack village. And the deeper Troy digs into his life and mysterious death, the murkier things become. After the victim’s sister comes to town and a string of disturbing incidents unfold, it’s clear someone doesn’t want the investigation to continue. Troy doesn’t know who to trust, and what she ultimately finds out threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns.
  Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger [Atria] - Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his 13th year, a man explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.
  The Wrong Girl - Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge] - Investigating allegations against an adoption agency that is suspected of reuniting adopted children with the wrong birth parents, Jane Ryland finds her efforts suspiciously tied to Jake Brogan’s case involving a young woman’s brutal murder and the disappearance of a baby.
  Through the Evil Days - Julia Spencer-Fleming [Minotaur] - When a raging fire quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping, expectant parents Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and the Reverend Clare Fergusson must deal with personal and professional issues they never before encountered.

The World Mystery Convention is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization which holds an annual convention in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. It is the world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community, and is commonly referred to as Bouchercon. [bough’·chur·con]

BEST MYSTERY FICTION OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST OF NOMINEES: 

BEST NOVEL

  Suspect - Robert Crais [Putnam] - Struggling to reclaim his career after the devastating murder of his partner eight months earlier, LAPD cop Scott James is teamed with a traumatized military canine named Maggie who assists Scott in an effort to track down his late partner’s killer.

  A Cold and Lonely Place - Sara J. Henry [Crown] - Freelance writer Troy Chance is snapping photos of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace when the ice-cutting machine falls silent. Encased in the ice is the shadowy outline of a body. Troy’s assigned to write an in-depth feature on the dead man, who was the privileged son of a wealthy Connecticut family who had been playing at a blue collar life in this Adirondack village. And the deeper Troy digs into his life and mysterious death, the murkier things become. After the victim’s sister comes to town and a string of disturbing incidents unfold, it’s clear someone doesn’t want the investigation to continue. Troy doesn’t know who to trust, and what she ultimately finds out threatens to shatter the serenity of these mountain towns.

  Ordinary Grace - William Kent Krueger [Atria] - Looking back at a tragic event that occurred during his 13th year, a man explores how a complicated web of secrets, adultery and betrayal shattered his Methodist family and their small 1961 Minnesota community.

  The Wrong Girl - Hank Phillippi Ryan [Forge] - Investigating allegations against an adoption agency that is suspected of reuniting adopted children with the wrong birth parents, Jane Ryland finds her efforts suspiciously tied to Jake Brogan’s case involving a young woman’s brutal murder and the disappearance of a baby.

  Through the Evil Days - Julia Spencer-Fleming [Minotaur] - When a raging fire quickly becomes a double homicide and kidnapping, expectant parents Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and the Reverend Clare Fergusson must deal with personal and professional issues they never before encountered.

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The Most Sought After Books in the County: #2

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We’re almost there! Today we reveal the runner up book title for the most requested books in the county. Suffolk County, Long Island keeps the suspense going with another nail biting thriller for the number two spot.

The second most requested book is actually one that is not going to released…

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