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From the New York Times review of American Dirt:

Lydia’s husband, Sebastián, slain on the patio, was a reporter who once fearlessly pursued stories about the cartel, which controlled Acapulco. Los Jardineros, as they call themselves, have a taste for baroque punishments and are helmed by a charismatic kingpin. Lydia, meanwhile, ran a bookshop. Her life was quiet, content and enlivened recently by a new friendship with a patron, an older man, devastatingly suave (or so we’re meant to believe), who shared her taste in books. Their bond was instant and deep.

This stranger turns out to be the kingpin. Of course he does; everything follows as predictably as possible. When Sebastián publishes an exposé, the kingpin rewards him by slaughtering his family.

Lydia makes frantic plans to escape. She decides to disguise herself and Luca as migrants and escape to America , until she realizes this is no disguise: “She and Luca are actual migrants. That is what they are. And that simple fact, among all the other severe new realities of her life, knocks the breath clean out of her lungs. All her life she’s pitied those poor people. She’s donated money. She’s wondered with the sort of detached fascination of the comfortable elite how dire the conditions of their lives must be wherever they come from, that this is the better option.”

Sleepless, grieving, paranoid, seeing the cartel’s henchmen everywhere, Lydia schemes their way to La Bestia, the treacherous freight trains migrants use to travel the length of Mexico, and finds a coyote to lead them north.

Where have we heard this story before about two people witnessing a gangland massacre and having to flee by disguising themselves on a train ride? And then one of them starts to get a little too much into his new identity?

Oh, yeah …

 
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  1. A book about how Mexico is sending us best?

  2. Anonymous[244] • Disclaimer says:

  3. @Anonymous

    I am itching to watch Slow Joe debate Trump. It will be better than when he brought Juanita Brodderick out at one of the Hillary debates.

    Debating the others would be fun, but Creepy Joe would be best. Bernie is a weak, corrupt old pornographer who withers in the face of actual male aggression. Pocahontas would snap like a twig. And the rest are forgettable, especially Tulsi “Voting Present is brave in the face of a mob I should stop” Gabbard.

    Please Joe take this nomination!

  4. Who can think of books about beaners at a time like this? “Current guidelines for sun exposure are unhealthy and unscientific, controversial new research suggests—and quite possibly even racist. How did we get it so wrong?”

    • Replies: @Alden
  5. Yeah, so that story is about actual refugees—or people who might be darn near close to it. They literally have a death warrant out for them by a drug cartel.

    Not about the millions down there sneaking over to either be in the underworld or take blue collar jobs.

  6. Where have we heard this story before

    So, does Bestia Lydia become a desperado drug runner like Stevia Lydia?

    (spoilers)

  7. Kronos says:

    Still one of my favorite commercials ever!

  8. @Anonymous

    Somebody needs to go to the grave of Beau Biden, dig up his bones, and throw them in the street. Then we’ll find a deceased Chinese economics professor and bury him there in Beau Biden’s place. Then we’ll say to Joe Biden: Go, and weep at the grave of your new dead son. He’s a much better son than the previous one, because he did much better in school.

    If that sounds gruesome and rude, it is no less gruesome and rude than what Biden and all Dems are telling the American people: they’re saying You have no right to this place, you have no history and no future, it really belongs to foreigners with higher GPAs who aren’t even here yet.

    Biden is an evil monster, and his nose should be rubbed in it.

  9. She’s donated money.

    It’s little details like that that let you know this is fiction.

  10. devastatingly suave (or so we’re meant to believe)

    • Replies: @Dr. Krieger
  11. Lydia, meanwhile, ran a bookshop.

    Not many books visible at Partenón in Acapulco.

    Educal has way more totems than books.

    In contrast, I recently saw the sign “BOOKS”, in English, in a photo of an industrial village of 4,000 in rural Hokkaido. Can’t find it now, but here’s a story from a nearby city of 17,000 which is hard to visualize in Acapulco, pop. 687,000:

    Small Hokkaido bookshop’s unique service is getting business from all over Japan

  12. Pericles says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Foreigners with any GPA, really.

    • Agree: Mr McKenna
    • Replies: @Lockean Proviso
  13. If the movie says at the beginning “based on actual events”, I’m gonna be genuinely worried about the Fred Reed family. He’s a reporter after all, right? Sorta? Can’t wait to see his next column, if there IS a next column.

    .

    .
    (No, I’m not gonna see the movie. Now that I’ve seen the funny clips a few times, I may get Some Like it Hot out of the library … if that helps.

  14. She decides to disguise herself and Luca as migrants and escape to America , until she realizes this is no disguise: “She and Luca are actual migrants. ….”

    Good to know DREAMERZ are so on-the-ball self-aware.

    BTW, who plays Sugar in this re-make?

  15. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    My wife immigrated to the US about 40 years ago. She got her citizenship over 30 years ago. She still doesn’t really consider herself to be American. Her mother doesn’t speak English well enough to carry on a conversation, and never will. She would laugh in your face if you claimed she was more American than I.

    On the other hand, my father’s family dates back to the Mayflower, and he was descended from about half that boat. My mother’s family goes back further. She has Mayflower ancestry, Jamestown ancestry and is descended from some Cherokee chiefs.

    Some of my ancestors are considered heroes of the American Revolution. My ancestors fought on both sides of the recent unpleasantness. My ancestors fought from the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Okinawa (sorry, haven’t found any ancestors who fought at Tripoli yet).

    I am an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. For anyone to claim that someone who is not a citizen, and not even in this country legally, is “more American” than I is quite offensive.

    How many DACA recipients are “more American” than the men on this list?

    https://history.army.mil/html/topics/natam/natam-moh.html

  16. mmack says:

    Steve,

    Don’t be so mean to Jeanine Cummins. Because well, nobody’s perfect. 😉

  17. El Dato says:
    @Anonymous

    Is he talking about the School of the Americas?

  18. Thirdtwin says:

    Art repeats itself, the first time as farce, the second time as tragedy.

  19. @Pericles

    Foreigners with any GPA, really.

    GPA: General Pulse Activity
    (note: not necessary for voter registration)

  20. Jimbo says:

    I remember in one of Robert Rodreguiez’s first movies, Desperado, the Salma Hayek character runs a bookshop in a Mexican town, and the joke was it was a great pace to hide since there was never anyone in it…

  21. I am itching to watch Slow Joe debate Trump. It will be better than when he brought Juanita Brodderick out at one of the Hillary debates.

    Debating the others would be fun, but Creepy Joe would be best. Bernie is a weak, corrupt old pornographer who withers in the face of actual male aggression. Pocahontas would snap like a twig. And the rest are forgettable, especially Tulsi “Voting Present is brave in the face of a mob I should stop” Gabbard.

    Please Joe take this nomination!

    Amen. Trump is going to beat the figurative living shit out of him in the debate. I can’t wait to see it.

  22. A123 says:

    A train movie about witnessing a crime? How about — Silver Streak:
    ..
    ⏫ TRUMP 2020 ⏫

    • Replies: @Dr. Krieger
    , @Known Fact
  23. Hail says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Joe Biden: DACA recipients are “more American than most Americans

    I’d like to apply Steve’s question to this OT:

    Where Have We Heard This Story Before?

    Where do we hear ” I mean “Foreigners are ‘more American’ than US-ancestral people who happen to live within the borders”?

    Answer: Everywhere in US culture. Open any opinion magazine, non-opinion newspaper, Hollywood product, or Twitter on any day and it’s wont be long to see the message. But seldom so explicitly.

    Attribute it to Biden’s clumsy way of speaking, not particular malice on the part of Biden.

  24. Lurker says:

    Answer: Everywhere in US culture. Open any opinion magazine, non-opinion newspaper, Hollywood product, or Twitter on any day and it’s wont be long to see the message. But seldom so explicitly.

    The Agenda™!

  25. So your point is, that even back in 1959 , Shmeel Vilder was Appropriating the stories of People of Color and corrupting them with the Stale, Pale ,White ,Male gaze. I think the time has come to dig his star out of the Hollywood Walk and replace it with Yxta’s.

  26. J.Ross says:

    Los Jardineros
    The Gardeners
    Okay, we were wrong, that mayonesa chickenhead was right, this be some rayciss garbage.

  27. Anonymous[116] • Disclaimer says:

    I remember in one of Robert Rodreguiez’s first movies, Desperado, the Salma Hayek character runs a bookshop

    I was never a fan of this wench but I really like her recent bodacious appearances in the award shows pics online… because she is making a political statement …she’s giving a giant middle finger to the hollywood gay mafia’s female body taste.

    Remember Salma Hayek had a normal rack when she was young probably b cup.

    But look at the recent golden globe awards pics at daily mail and she has morphed into a big boob cleavage queen. She is all hips and tits like Sophia Loren etc.

    I don’t really believe there are any 50 yr old pinup sex symbols but I admit she looks hawt. Think it’s being older with higher body fat % plus the miracle bra technique that makes her look like a d cup now. Creepy to think she is menopausal but maybe she is one of those gals who could have a baby at 60.

    But the point is she’s willing to do this when doing this at the awards shows has become rare. It’s flagrant heterosexuality and anti-leftist signalling.

    She is not genetically latina but levantine and I wonder if Mediterraneans in general are less likely to be commies…

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  28. Alden says:
    @Change that Matters

    Milk, cheese yogurt sour cream ice cream and even cows goats and sheep are racist too. B cause milk is White.

    So are sewers, clean water paved and maintained roads garbage disposal hot water heaters gas & electric furnaces electric light trucks cars railroads planes ships phones movies TV all electronic devices stairs more than one story buildings elevators clean food that doesn’t cause sickness and death modern medicine are all racist because they are the work of the blue eyed devils, is Whites.

  29. Muggles says:

    I think this book and its author are now being attacked because the author isn’t Hispanic nor a Mexican (or immigrant of any kind, just married to an Irishman!). By the usual Outraged Twitter Mob.

    Oprah’s book club endorsement isn’t enough to wash away the evil Whiteness…

  30. @The Germ Theory of Disease

    ‘… Biden is an evil monster…’

    Nah. He’s just an old machine pol who wasn’t too bright to begin with and is now slipping into his dotage.

    Kind of a low-rent version of Petain after 1940…

    Hey!

    Maybe Biden could do for us what Petain did for Vichy France!

  31. @Hippopotamusdrome

    Rico Suavé???
    Why Hippopotamusdrome, you Madcap!

  32. @A123

    Gene Wilder does a scene in blackface in that movie.
    MemoryHole in 3… 2… 1…

  33. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Christie Brinkley could easily have done posters and a layout at 50, even 55. I’m not sure now but she does look hot for her age, certainly.

    Barbara Eden, whose figure is pretty much exactly what I go for, looked way hot pretty late in life. She was definitely smoking when she did a TV series in her mid-40s and when she posed with former president Clinton wearing her original Jeannie uniform, which still fit her well, in her mid-70s she still had pretty good female shape and her face wasn’t a total wreck.

    One thing you have to admit about Debbie Harry, her boobs are bigger now, though what they look like in the shower is a matter of conjecture. The facial plastic surgery she admits to has been some of the best work I’ve seen yet-she looked very nice for a long time, though her age is catching up with her as it does with all of us, she’s still a lot better looking than a lot of women I know that are twenty years younger.

    Every time I’ve been within a few feet of her face, and I’ve met her many times over 25+ years, I also find it remarkable she has a lot of peachfuzz-the one thing she actually does have in common with Monroe. (I was in diapers when Monroe died, but you can see the peachfuzz in a few really high resolution picture of her.)

    Kim Novak is an example of someone who has aged better from the neck down, because she is a plastic surgery disaster. She did the Oscars (or was it the Globes? I forget) a few years ago and looked godawful. Novak retired quite young, had she avoided this disastrous face work she probably could be working the Betty White market pretty well if she wanted, now that Debbie Reynolds is gone.

  34. Anonymous[425] • Disclaimer says:

    The West went from paternalism to maternalism.

    In Old Imperialist Mode, it was like whites were the father-race whereas the non-whites were like the children-races. And so, white fathers had to rule over non-white children. Non-white children needed guidance of the great white father.

    But then, there came the age of National Liberation. Non-whites adopted variants of modern European nationalism and forged collective consciousness. Non-white elites emerged who were determined to lead non-white masses against the Great White Father. Many rejected the notion of father-child relationship, not least because some of these non-whites had civilizations as old or older than that of Europe. So, the new consciousness among non-whites was not so much that the White Man was the Great Father but an upstart child who’d conquered and exploited the more ancient and wiser non-white world. Western Imperialism was a kind of patricide where the prodigal white son brutalized the true father races of civilization and history. The idea was that, once whites gone from the non-white world, there would be a new dawn of growth, renewal, and healing among non-whites.

    But it didn’t pan out that way. White world, even without the old imperialist ‘exploitation’, did better in terms of standards of living and technological progress whereas much of the non-white world(and white-minority world in Latin America) fell further behind or sunk into worsening poverty/corruption. So, non-whites began to feel like children once again and looked to the white world for salvation(once the immigration floodgates were opened up). Non-whites were feeling lke children who need to be guided and taken care of by the white world. Whites were like foster parents preferable to the abusive and corrupt non-white parents whom non-white would-be immigrants wanted to flee.

    And whites began to see non-whites as children in constant need of attention and aid. But as Old Imperialism was seen as bad, the earlier stern paternalistic attitude was replaced by the permissive maternalistic attitude of the new West, not least because of the rise of feminism among white women and wussy-boy cuckery among the white men. What with all the birthright tourism, the US has become, in a way, a maternity ward for the world.

    So, we are back to the old condescending attitude but with a twist. Under old imperialist paternalism, whites were stern, demanding, exacting, and judgmental in dealing with the backward non-whites. But under the new globalist maternalism, whites are lax, permissive, forgiving, and indulgent toward non-whites whose childish tantrums grow worse and worse. Merkelnalism was a perfect illustration of this maternalism.

    Mothers are good are taking care of the children, but discipline and order are best maintained by the father figure, but where is the white father in a world where non-white children keep arriving in the West to be taken care of? There can be no fatherism without pride of manhood, and white man no longer has manhood.

  35. @A123

    That poster artist takes some liberties with Jill Clayburgh

  36. dvorak says:

    Cartel boss orders Salma’s bookstore closed..

  37. Thirdeye says:

    Pretty sure the music opening the Some Like It Hot scene is Hot Mallets by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, featuring Chu Berry on tenor saxophone.

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