Monthly Archives: June 2018

How Gorbachev Ended Up Believing American Propaganda

(Updated Sep. 4, 2018) The biggest question about Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who essentially agreed to demolish the Soviet Union (*) is why. He took over in 1984 and, in less than the time-span of two U.S. presidential terms, … Continue reading

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Todo es política y la literatura aún más

La política no es un problema para la literatura, hasta que uno empieza a encontrar los argumentos políticos en cierta obra repugnante (*). Esto viene del Times Literary Supplement, la más prestigiosa revista literaria británica, edición del 3 de Noviembre … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Bishop Once Danced with a Man who Danced with a Girl who Danced with the Prince of Wales

In the Times Literary Supplement, Michael Hoffman puzzles me with a review of Megan Marshall’s “A miracle for Breakfast,” a biography of the much-celebrated poet Elizabeth Bishop. I understand that Bishop must have been good at the business of writing; … Continue reading

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El caso de Palamedes, el enemigo del muy retorcido Ulises

¿Cómo es que nadie habla nunca de Palamedes, quien forzó a Ulises a ir a la guerra, y del cual Ulises/Odiseo se vengó después? En la Ilíada, una obra en la que Homero se refocila en hacer que los buenos … Continue reading

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