Happy Birthday, Cervantes

Cervantes sculpture, Toledo, Spain
Cervantes sculpture, Toledo, Spain

Miguel Cervantes would have been 476 today. Some are taken from us much too soon.

He is of course the author of Don Quixote, regarded by many as the one of the finest works of fiction ever written. I still haven’t read it. (If you haven’t either and are a Kindle user, here’s a free version you can download now.)

But I have seen and taken photos of two statues honoring the Spanish writer, above in Toledo, Spain and below, in Cartagena, Colombia.

Speaking of writers I’ve never read and otherwise entirely unrelated, here’s a bit I found, read and appreciated yesterday from an interview with writer Kevin Oderman on the Brevity Magazine blog, whose book ‘Cannot Stay: Essays on Travel‘ I just bought and can’t wait to dive into:

“I don’t travel to judge other cultures; I’m there to learn, always to learn. And, frankly, it’s hard for me to imagine feeling superior about being American. Our culture, our popular culture at least, seems to have just floated away from the actual experience of living. I often think of what James Agee called, in his “Knoxville, Summer of 1915,” “the mean goodness” of our living, as an expression of the very things we’re in danger of forgetting. It’s easier for me to recall such things traveling in cultures richer in “mean goodness” than our own.”

As soon as I’m done with ‘Cannot Stay’, Don Quixote will follow.

Cervantes statue in Cartagena Cervantes statue in Cartagena - close up

For the record, today’s Pics du Jour, the site’s 634th straight, were snapped in Toledo, Spain (at top) and Cartagena, Colombia (bottom) on 19 May 2015 and 12 June 2013, respectively.

And marginally related, here’s Brazilian tropicalia pioneers Os Mutantes performing their tune, Don Quixote. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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