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October 18, 2021

10pm - Sitting out on the patio here; a very pleasant 25 C. There's a lot of action in the ficus tree; sounds almost like a troupe of monkeys, with even a characteristic squeak, but of course there are no monkeys here: it's probably bats. Other than that, there's only the sound of the distant highway and an occasional dog bark.

I saw another episode of the second series of L'Amica Geniale. It doesn't make for very pleasant watching. Lots of cruelty there. I haven't read the books, and often don't get the cultural nuances. In episode 3 there's a scene where Lenù and Lila go to a party, and I didn't at first pick up on the fact that Lila thought everyone were rich snobs. If they had been Brits or Americans, I would have understood more quickly. I suppose I should have known by the cue that this was the first time the two had ever ridden in an elevator. I was also amazed by the reaction of Lenù's mother to receiving a "whole" salami and the package of new books that Lila had given them. These were very poor people, whereas I have always, evidently, been very rich. I'm drawing a salary of $600 a month, after all, and want for nothing.

Earlier we went for a walk in the woods, meeting two people along the way. Both of them are working from home these days. Varda said she was not suffering so much from the heavy building going on next to her (the village is expanding there. She says she gets in a meditative mood in her work and it doesn't bother her. She says she just feels happy that has been able to live in a quiet corner of the village the last 18 years, and accepts the fact that now she will soon have some new neighbours. Bob, meanwhile, is about to build a second story to his own house, and we walked through the plot he has also purchased in the expansion plan. With the new construction, his three daughters will be all sorted, should they all wish to live in the village.


✭ The maps that show life is getting better | World news | The Guardian
This is quite encouraging, though perhaps doesn't give the complete picture, because I think there has not been the expected decrease in world hunger, for example. There was another headline this week that the world hunger problem could actually be solved by 2030 for a sum of 330 million dollars. Which means that Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates could get together and solve the problem if they wanted to.

✭ Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier | The New Yorker