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Monday, June 21, 2010


Eric was so nice as to let me blog again about another of my characters. This week is dedicated to Santutxo Etxeberria, the legendary Basque separatist. He’s featured in the excerpt from the novel which is in the current issue of BOMB.

So, you may recall from a prior post that I confessed to having recently stalked the philosopher Slavoj Žižek. I was trying to get him to disavow any connection to Santutxo. In the novel, there is some indication that Santutxo attended a dinner party with Žižek, Analia Hounie and Gayatri Spivak. Of course that didn’t really happen. Santutxo is a fictional character.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get Žižek to make a public statement on the subject.

Santutxo, however, was happy to post his own, here:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Movie Stars

For a legendary revolutionary figure, Santutxo displays a surprising curiosity about pop culture figures. He loves to read the gossip on the Yahoo! homepage. He follows all the items about Scarlett Johansson. He told me once he thought Cameron Diaz seemed like an interesting person.

In this respect, he bears an uncanny resemblance to his former student and close friend. Seriously. Maybe you didn't know this, but the brilliant spokesperson of the EZLN, the man who's been dubbed "a postmodern Che Guevara," El Sup - has a raging, slightly delusional crush on a movie star.

The revelation hit the blogosphere about two years ago: "El dirigente de los zapatistas mexicanos, el 'Subcomandante Marcos,' afirmó estar soltero desde su separación hace cinco años, pero confesó 'amar con locura' a la actriz estadounidense Angelina Jolie."

He sent her an invitation via intermediaries to a secret meeting of the EZLN, but she didn't show. In an interview, he said he was sure it was just a glitch in communications, and that if she'd gotten the message, she would have gone.

Really. He really said that.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Arrano Beltza by Negu Gorriak

I've become slightly obsessed with Basque punk rock.

Negu Gorriak recorded this song in 1993 - which of course preceded Santutxo's total excommunication from the ETA. You know, his nom de guerre was Arrano Beltza - the black eagle, symbol of the Basque struggle. Now they more typically call him Txotxolo - the dumb ass. This is actually the name he prefers.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kakapilo bat haiz, kabroi!

Santutxo still uses an answering machine. He enjoys listening to his messages, which he occasionally posts on his YouTube page. In case you don’t speak Basque, they’re on the order of: “Hey dumb ass - you better watch your back. We know where you live!” and “You’re a pile of shit, asshole!”

Excuse my French, as it were…

Friday, June 25, 2010
Moonlight in Donostia

(This is me reading this passage, which always makes me miss Santutxo.)