Monthly Archives: June 2016

A New Face in the Snakepit (8)

VIII. When he turned fifty, in 1928, Stalin was the supreme, incontestable leader of the Soviet Union, and a man who despised himself. From his lofty position, he remembered the lives he had taken, the people he had to betray … Continue reading

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Taxista en Singapur

El otro día estoy camino de vuelta a mi urbanización Melville Park, en el este de Singapur, junto al aeropuerto, maja pero baratita para los estándares locales. Cuando entramos en la urbanización, el taxista se pone a charlar: me explica … Continue reading

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An artist is just a bad propagandist (2)

In one of my first posts I argued that many artists are just inept propagandists: they have an idea they want to defend or promote, they do it poorly and muddle the message; then, art emerges in the process, like … Continue reading

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Borges y los aliados

En una entrada reciente, hablé del libro póstumo de Bioy Casares, “Borges”, con las entradas de su diario en las que aparece su célebre amigo (https://aussiesta.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/con-borges-quevedo-y-gongora/). Aquí hay otra de mis favoritas, ésta respecto a las discusiones que hubo en … Continue reading

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A New Face in the Snakepit (7)

VII. After Lenin died in January 1924, Stalin allied himself with his old acquaintances Kamenev and Zinoviev, to form a Party center that would stand between the opposing left (Trotsky) and right (Bukharin) wings, which clashed on a wide range … Continue reading

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