A Healthy Habit
Because hundreds of thousands of Spaniards had to emigrate during the 20th century, mostly to Latin America and Europe, Spanish society appreciates how hard-working people can invigorate an economy and create a more diverse and open-minded society. That is one reason why Spain was able to have its immigrant population increase fivefold without significant troubles when our economy was booming (2000-2008) and why, when we underwent the biggest economic crisis of the past 50 years, there were no major tensions between Spaniards and immigrants.
Federico Trillo Figueroa, Ambassador of Spain to UK, in The Daily Telegraph
My work at Versailles is called Dirty Corner and has nothing to do with Marie Antoinette or her vagina. Perhaps it would be good for your critic to use her eyes when looking at art, not her ears. There is no doubt the feminist argument must first be put forward by women, but from where I stand men cannot and must not be excluded. What a shame that narrow- mindedness has space in your journal.
Anish Kapoor, London, in The Guardian
Your essay on the predicament of blue-collar men was interesting. The arguments were extremely relevant, but I found myself inventing a new word: 'matronising'.
Renton Thomson, Glasgow, in The Economist