Cosas Que Leo #215: LAS CINCO MUJERES, Hallie Rubenthold

“Como en el caso de Polly Nichols, tampoco existen pruebas fiables que sugieran que Annie Chapman trabajaba como prostituta o se identificara con la profesión. Contrariamente a las imágenes noveladas de las víctimas del Destripador, ella nunca “hizo la calle” con un corsé y mejillas coloreadas lanzando miradas provocativas desde una farola. Nunca perteneció a un burdel ni tuvo un chulo. Tampoco hay pruebas de que la detuvieran o la arrestaran siquiera por su conducta. A partir de “investigaciones hechas entre mujeres de la misma clase (…) en pubs de la localidad”, la policía no pudo encontrar un solo testigo que pudiera confirmar que estuviera entre las filas de las que vendrían sexo”.

Las cinco mujeres; las vidas olvidadas de las víctimas de Jack El Destripador

HALLIE RUBENHOLD

Roca Editorial, 2020

362 págs.

Traducción de Mónica Rubio

Cosas Que Leo #213: MUCH OBLIGED, JEEVES, P.G. Wodehouse

“Not so grim as my aunt Agatha, perhaps, for that could hardly be expected, but certainly well up in the class of Jael the wife of Heber and the Madame Whoever-it-was who used to sit and knit at the foot of the guillotine during the French Revolution. She had a beaky nose, tight thin lips, and her eye could have been used for splitting logs in the teak forests of Borneo.”

Much obliged, Jeeves (de The Jeeves Omnibus 5)

P.G. WODEHOUSE

Hutchinson 1993 (publicado originalmente en 1971)

155 pgs.

Cosas Que Leo #211: CON TODOS USTEDES, Dagsson

Con todos ustedes

DAGSSON

Anagrama, 2018

Cosas Que Leo #210: A CALLING FOR CHARLIE BARNES, Joshua Ferris

“Narcissism, justly lamented for doing so much damage, specially within the family unit, could also work miracles, as when a fundamentally apathetic collection of illiterates gets wind that they appear as characters in a book and transforms overnight into a bunch of rabbinical scholars. First Barbara, then Marcy, then Jerry, and now Rudy. Animals in the wild were more likely to read something I’d written prior to my turn toward the biographical, but now it appeared I’d never lack for readership”.

A calling for Charlie Barnes

JOSHUA FERRIS

Penguin / Viking 2021

Cosas Que Leo #209: ESTO NO ESTÁ BIEN, Irene Márquez

Esto no está bien

IRENE MÁRQUEZ

Autsaider Cómics, 2020

Cosas Que Leo #207: THE BURGESS BOYS, Elizabeth Strout

“Bob thought about this. “It’s not that she didn’t like you”.

“Yeah, she liked me”.

“She loved you”.

“Yeah, she loved me”.

“Jimmy, you were like a hero or something. You were good at everything. You never gave her a minute of grief. Of course she loved you. Susie -Mom didn’t like her so much. Loved her, but didn’t like her”.

The Burgess boys

ELIZABETH STROUT

Scribner 2016 (publicado por primera vez en 2013)

Cosas Que Leo #206: TRAGICALLY I WAS AN ONLY TWIN; THE COMPLETE PETER COOK, Peter Cook

“PETER: Father, there’s no need for you to come down the Kings Road too. I could do perfectly well without you.

DUDLEY: I’ll be perfectly well without you my boy. Rosie, did we in our moment of joy, spawn this werewolf, this Beelzebub?

PETER: I don’t know why you keep looking upwards when you mention mother. You know perfectly well she’s living in Frinton with a sailor.”

Tragically I was an only twin; The complete Peter Cook

PETER COOK, edited by William Cook

Arrow, 2003

Cosas Que Leo #204: THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY, Erik Larson

“Holmes was charming and gracious, but something about him made Bellknap uneasy. He could not have defined it. Indeed, for the next several decades alienists and their successors would find themselves hard-pressed to describe with any precission what it was about men like Holmes that would cause them to seem warm and intgratiating but also telegraph the vague sense that some important element of humanness was missing. At first alienists described this condition as “moral insanity” and those who exhibited the disorder as “moral imbeciles”. They later adopted the term “psychopath”.

The devil in the White City; murder, magic, and madness at the Fair that changed America

ERIK LARSON

Vintage, 2003

390 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #203: BASURA, Derf Backderf

Basura

DERF BACKDERF

Astiberri, 2015

237 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #201: THE FREE, Willy Vlautin

“Freddie nodded and walked back up the stairs. He put more wood on the fire and sat down, worried. He stared at the flames and looked at the fabric of the couch. He remembered when his parents bought it from a furniture store brand-new. His mother put a plastic slip over it then a blanket. When she died, the first thing his father did was take all the plastic off the furniture and wear his shoes in the house.”

The free

WILLY VLAUTIN

Harper Perennial, 2014

297 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #198: SPITE… AND THE UPSIDE OF YOUR DARK SIDE, Simon McCarthy-Jones

“Spite can function like the colorful markings on an insect. It warns of poison. It signals ‘here be monsters’. As a result, the person you spite improves their co-operation with you, and you alone, rather than with everyone. Similarly, other people might see you performing costly punishment, or be told about it, realise the danger you pose, and also increase their co-operation with you specifically. Spite is a signal that you are not to be messed with, which can benefit you.”

Spite… and the upside of your dark side

SIMON McCARTHY-JONES

Oneworld, 2020

196 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #196: LA LLAMADA DE CTHULHU, H.P. Lovecraft

“De los seis hombres que llegaron al barco, él creía que que dos habían fallecido de puro terror en aquel instante maldito. La Cosa no se podía describir: no existía lenguaje para semejantes abismos de locura inmemorial y aullante, para semejantes contradicciones grotescas de toda materia, fuerza y orden cósmicos. Una montaña que caminaba o avanzaba torpemente. ¡Dios!”

La llamada de Cthulhu

H.P. LOVECRAFT

Alpha Decay 2021 (publicado originalmente como “The call of Cthulhu” en el magazine pulp Weird tales en 1926)

96 págs.

Traducción y prólogo de Javier Calvo

Cosas Que Leo #195: NEONOMICON, Alan Moore y Jacen Burrows

Neonomicon

ALAN MOORE & JACEN BURROWS

Panini, 2013

160 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #192: LA POMERA I ALTRES CONTES, Daphne du Maurier

“Era extraordinaria la tirria que havia agafat a aquell arbre. Era un recordatori perpetu del fet que… en fi, ja li agradaria saber-ho…; un recordatori perpetu de totes les coses que més detestava, i que sempre havia detestat, tot i que no hi sabia posar nom.”

La pomera i altres contes

DAPHNE DU MAURIER

Les Altres Herbes, 2021 (publicado originalmente como The apple tree and other stories, 1952)

330 págs.

Traducción de Marta Pera Cucurell

Cosas Que Leo #191: NECESITAS AYUDA, Joaquín Guirao

Necesitas ayuda

JOAQUÍN GUIRAO

Fandogamia editorial, 2019

180 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #190: MI AMIGO DAHMER, Derf Backderf

Mi amigo Dahmer

DERF BACKDERF

Astiberri, 2014

224 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #189: UNCLE DYNAMITE, P.G. Wodehouse

UNCLE DYNAMITE by WODEHOUSE P. G.: bon Couverture souple (1966) | Le-Livre

“‘Brabazon-Plank? You interest me strangely. I was at school with a fellow named Brabazon-Plank. He still owes me two bob. Is your Brabazon-Plank a pear-shaped chap, rather narrow in the shoulders and very broad in the beam?’

‘Yes.’

‘Practically all backside?’

‘Yes.’”

Uncle Dynamite

P.G. WODEHOUSE

Penguin Books, 1966 (publicado originalmente en 1948)

250 págs.

Cosas Que Leo #187: THE EVOLUTION OF A CRO-MAGNON, John Joseph

“Something snapped in me after Nancy died. I would hurt people who even looked at me wrong and being the runt I was, I always carried a weapon. I often fought dudes bigger and I’d hit them with whatever I could get my hands on -a 2×4 from the boardwalk, a pipe, a bottle, a brick or a rock. I’m not bragging about it, or proud of my actions in any way, but the sick thig was that it made me feel good to hurt people. It was like therapy and a twisted way of working out my anger.”

The evolution of a Cro-Magnon

JOHN JOSEPH

Punkhouse 2007

428 págs.