Shibboleths

Dusk Glow in Winter

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There are only two good things about ending Daylight Saving Time and going back to Standard, where the days are shorter and the nights are…

Why do we have to run?

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Every society does irrational things unthinkingly, holding them dear and stubbornly refusing to change. When they are big things, like sending armies off to war…

At Home in This Residential Orgy

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Barcelona is a dense accumulation of small apartments, organized into over-height apartment buildings, crammed into each available centimetre of every city block. Nothing better describes…

Together, forever

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For decades the success of the Spanish democratic transition was widely attributed to the ability of so many divergent parts to agree. Instead of digging…

Pedagogically displeased

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While Barcelonans have given the city’s reins to politicians steeped in the values of shared decision making, where radical non-authoritarian principles are entrusted with liberating…

Wild and common-sensical guys

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The idea that Catalan folk are even-keeled commonsensical types given to occasional bursts of wildness is expressed in the formula seny i rauxa. The words,…

City of design

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Long-time Barcelona residents are shocked to discover that newer generations have no idea they are living in a city of design. This breach between a…

Part I. Eixamplism

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A shibboleth, in its original biblical use, refers to a variation in pronunciation used to differentiate between people; once identified as the other and thus…