The Lion of Talavera

Jazz pianist Fats Waller is said to have told a lady who asked him what swing was: “Lady, if you has to ask, you ain’t got it.” I didn’t have to ask, I knew that I didn’t have what it takes to be a torero: I lacked the arrogance, the hauteur, the macho posturing that comes naturally to even the most reticent of Latin performers. I was too English. Yet the young man attempting to teach me how to swing a cape with grace and slow subtlety was one of the least artistic toreros there’ve ever been. He was also one of the bravest.

Federico Arnás, periodista de linaje singular

El próximo viernes, 31 de julio, Federico Arnás concluye una dilatada trayectoria profesional en RTVE y, mañana mismo, sin solución de continuidad, sienta plaza en el universo del retiro activo. La extinción del compromiso laboral con la televisión pública del, ahora sí, exdirector de Tendido Cero, no representa un mutis conclusivo. Por fortuna, Arnás continuará en el ejercicio del periodismo taurino, campo en el que no abundan los informadores de su talla.