Catalonia Votes to Ban Bullfighting
Bullfighting is, as Hemingway wrote, an event the effect of which on any particular person is impossible to predict ahead of time. I found it to be extremely compelling, and even beautiful. The difference in power, speed and vitality in the bull between when it bursts into the ring and when it calmly seems to seek its own death is indescribable. Catalonia (Catalunya in the regional dialect) has been on an anti-Spanish tirade since before the civil war. Even so, the banning of the national sport– a cultural icon and heritage– is remarkable. And sad. One more log on the P.C. pyre of the West.