Cyborg Kale

By Rocio Zapata

Chap: 33 Cultural notes

A bit of cultural notes for chapter 33 (Hell Pt2), the alien hops into a farmer truck with corn with husks (I know these as “mazorcas” in Spanish, I think the English name is ‘ears of corn’). I’ve seen these when I go around where I live. These are the main purchasing venues for street food vendors (“eloteros”), though you can also buy them for personal comsumption.

The farmer is listening to “Rancheras”, which are famous for their “chun-ta-ta” guitar rhytm, a sample of this music here:


The lyrics normally speak of the life in the farm, growing up poor, disdain for the rich, unrequited love and heartbreak.