Category Archives: Argentina

I love my countries, but I think we should start seeing other people

This morning as I sipped my coffee and read ProPublica journalist Sebastian Rotella’s comprehensive article (link below) about the latest democratic crisis in a place that’s now my second home, I was struck by his phrase “Argentina, a country for … Continue reading

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The joys of aging, or porteña on the Great Lakes

Given that I don’t own a vehicle and have a full-time, 9-to-5 job that includes almost no travel — unless you count walking down Main Street to the post office occasionally — I’ve gotten around a decent amount in the … Continue reading

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Lynchings in Argentina

The words never again Clashing against the words Again and again —That music. – Alicia Ostriker, “The Eighth and Thirteenth” I have no clever title for this post. When I began this blog, I deliberately designed it to address multiple … Continue reading

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Con rumbo: Translating outside the milonga

For the last 2 1/2 weeks I’ve been plugging away at my first book translation.  Life being what it is, my home computer, a trusty laptop, decided to croak less than a week into the project.  It didn’t completely die, … Continue reading

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Just for fun: La Llama que llama

About six months ago, I saw “La Llama que llama” for the first time, on a friend’s Facebook wall, and I fell in love.  Normally I can’t stand television commercials, but this series, produced for the phone company Telecom in … Continue reading

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From here to Eternauta: the art of Oesterheld and the politics of Néstor Kirchner

A few evenings ago, I was excited to return from the office and find in my mailbox the anthology of Argentine comic strip writer Héctor Germán Oesterheld’s work I’d ordered recently.  I immediately flopped down to read the second version … Continue reading

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A post-ette/Una tarjeta postal

I might post more often if I accepted that every article does not have to be a full-fledged essay. Or, to use an Argentine metaphor:  it doesn’t have to be the whole parilla; sometimes it’s just an alfajor. But now … Continue reading

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The walls have ears (and noses, eyes, bears, fish, aliens, astronauts…): the Graffitimundo of Buenos Aires

Two enormous burgundy bears prepare to fight on a corner in Palermo.  Nearby, a black-and-white pixilated Jack Nicholson in The Shining pops out of a wall to stare at a wild world of colorful spray-painted body parts.  A few kilometers … Continue reading

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Just an ordinary beautiful day: some thoughts on the AMIA and Boston Marathon bombings, and Parque de la Memoria

Every time I think I’ve assimilated what I’ve learned about inhumanity by studying what happened before and during Argentina’s military dictatorship, reality deals another blow, reminding me that I can still be traumatized, and that terrorism is not something that … Continue reading

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Memoria, verdad, justicia in Argentina: Attending the ESMA trials, May 27, 2011

On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the third stage of the ESMA mega-trial will begin in Buenos Aires.  I’ve never had an enormous interest in the machinations of the legal system in any nation, yet a good bit of me wishes I … Continue reading

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