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“Suspended coffees”: Paying it forward in Naples:
We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter: ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square infront of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwich or a whole meal.
(Source: wenchymcwench, via hoitycoity)
The 70-year-old professor first gained wide attention in 1976 for her translation and introduction to Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology, which introduced the theory of deconstruction to the U.S.
Later, she was hailed for her scholarly examination of women and other powerless groups in formerly colonized countries like India, a field sometimes referred to as subaltern studies. (“Subaltern,” a junior officer in the army, is a word roughly meaning “those who only take orders.”)
An expert in feminist and Marxist theory, she has written numerous books and articles and translated the fiction of Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi. At Columbia, she was a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.
After returning from Kyoto in November, where she and the other prize recipients accepted their awards in an elaborate formal ceremony, Spivak said she will continue to fund the operations of the rural schools out of her salary. Meanwhile, interest on the award proceeds will go toward raising salaries for the schools’ teachers and supervisors.
Her foundation doesn’t construct school buildings until the school has achieved educational quality. Then the foundation runs small fund-raisers in the U.S. and builds buildings. Two schools, both with female teachers, have reached this stage.
She was amazing and fierce today!
International Women’s Day / Laos
Bombed by the USA without even being at war, recruited by the CIA to fight the communists then abandoned, Laos and Laotian women continue to thrive.
(Source: heartoflaos, via anthologyz)
Meatballs and etc. #sundaydinner with @whoisrayelkins (at Soda & Swine)