Monthly Archives: February 2018

In Praise of Imperfection: Adolescent Whining, the Black Death, & How We Live Today

Originally posted on word and silence:
…here is a section (from a small book of essays) that one reader has asked me to post here, as I work on revising the entire thing… Like many of us, as a lonely…

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Todos Aman, y Nadie Lee, a Clarice Lispector

A los editores, como al resto de la humanidad, les gusta la belleza y poner gente guapa en las solapas vende: Karl-Ove Knausgaard, Ray Loriga, Ted Hughes, David Foster Wallace. Incluso Siri Hustvedt y Donna Tartt, en su juventud, tuvieron … Continue reading

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Geli Hitler: A Munich Apartment

(This is a short extract from chapter 1 of my novel “Geli Hitler,” available here) Munich was a quietly-deranged city, a manic, provincial whore with her face smeared in paint, trying to look as petit-bourgeois as she possibly could. Maier … Continue reading

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Borges contra James Joyce, pero muy sutilmente

Jorge Luis era, ante todo, un caballero. Tómese el caso de James Joyce, al que despreciaba y culpaba por la deriva de la literatura moderna. En privado, la opinión de Borges era implacable; por ejemplo, en esta conversación relatada en los … Continue reading

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This Picture Was the Turning Point for the Vietnam War 50 Years Ago

This picture, taken at the turning moment of the Vietnam war 50 years ago exactly, had a very significant contribution towards U.S. defeat: Stephen J. Morris explains: The classic episode (of media manipulation), one that had a huge effect on … Continue reading

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Cómo Schiller Creó Al Inquisidor Español de El Nombre de la Rosa

(Actualizado el 6 Feb. 2018) Friedrich Schiller andaba justo de pasta en 1783; sus obras de teatro no eran muy exitosas, así que decidió buscar un tema que tuviera éxito en la muy protestante, y algo pueblerina, corte de Weimar … Continue reading

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