What the Manolo Is…

Manolo says, it is Tuesday, time to see what the Manolo is…

Watching…

Reading…

Listening to…

The Platform was the Manolo’s first reading of the Houellebecq, and he cannot say that he will return again.

On the one of the hands, Platform is the compelling book. On the other of the hands, in the words of one reviewer, “scabrous”.

Yes, it is funny in places, but taken as the whole, it is the grueling slog through much that does not appeal to the Manolo.

2 Responses to “What the Manolo Is…”

  1. raincoaster April 19, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    “Scabrous?” sounds like my dream man.

  2. Sarah S April 20, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Oh…Turandot.

    I’m sure the Manolo knows the wonderful story attached to its first performance, but I’m cutting and pasting it here from Wikipedia, for anyone who might not.

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    “The premiere of Turandot was at La Scala, Milan, on Sunday April 25, 1926, one year and five months after Puccini’s death, with Rosa Raisa in the title role. It was conducted by Arturo Toscanini. In the middle of Act III, two measures after the words “Liù, poesia!”, the orchestra rested. Toscanini stopped and laid down his baton. He turned to the audience and announced: “Qui finisce l’opera, perché a questo punto il maestro è morto” (“Here the opera ends, because at this point the maestro died”). The curtain was lowered slowly.”

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    Perfection.