Philippine Elections: Second-Hand Report

The Philippine people voted (for a new President) on Monday, May 10.

First reports this morning were that Erap was leading.


For those dear blog readers not from the Philippines, Erap was a former action star who has already been President, only he was deposed for corruption and sentenced to house arrest, etc.

Years ago, when self was working as hapless program administrator at Stanford, an office colleague came up to her and said, “I just heard about the President of the Philippines trying to commute someone’s death sentence.  Only, by the time he’d decided to pardon the man, the condemned had already begun his walk to the execution chamber.  And in the time it took for someone to walk back and answer the phone, which was in another room, the man had been executed.”


And the punch line was, this office colleague looked at self and said (And this line has remained forever embedded in self’s memory):  “So is he dufus, or what?”

Self does not recall her response.

OK, slight revision here:  Noynoy Aquino (son of Beloved Cory) is narrowly ahead of Erap.  By the slimmest of margins.

One other candidate, Mar Roxas, who in the general opinion of self’s closest friends is pretty smart, is running behind the long-time Mayor of Makati, Jejomar Binay.


Never, ever in the history of self’s blog has she ever had to report such jaw-dropping (preliminary) election results, dear blog readers.

Stay tuned.

NYTBR 25 April 2010: Biography of Muriel Spark, New Crime Books

Books self is interested in reading after perusing the 25 April 2010 issue of The New York Times Book Review:

(1) After reading Charles McGrath’s review of Martin Stannard’s Muriel Spark: The Biography:

  • Martin Stannard’s Muriel Spark: The Biography
  • Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

(2) After reading Jacob Silverman’s review of Brad Watson’s new book Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories:

  • Brad Watson’s 2002 novel, a finalist for the National Book Award, The Heaven of Mercury
  • Brad Watson’s new book Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories

(3) After reading Marilyn Stasio’s “Crime” column, the following mysteries  (4 of 4, a record):

  • Jesse Kellerman’s “stunning” The Executor
  • Ariana Franklin’s A Murderous Procession
  • Declan Hughes’ City of Lost Girls, whose hero, the private eye Ed Loy, “has a strong work ethic, doesn’t take himself too seriously and has the wit to appreciate a good comic-book store.”
  • Peter May’s Freeze Frame, which brings the reader “back to the golden age of detective fiction, when stout men in club chairs puffed on after-dinner cigars as they pondered brain-teasing puzzles involving timetables and exotic poisons.”

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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