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Adam Wiseman’s Ventanas

Adam Wiseman’s Ventanas

Last week, I talked my husband Francisco into helping me lug a six-foot photograph of someone else’s living room across ten blocks of our Mexico City neighborhood. The photograph had…
RULFO = ARREOLA

RULFO = ARREOLA

Last week during a radio interview, the eminent literary critic Christopher Domínguez Michael postulated that if the present globalizing trend continues, within fifteen years or so we may not even…
Mexico City: The End is Near

Mexico City: The End is Near

Years ago, my fiancé from Mexico accompanied me on a road trip to explore my remote origins in the heartland of the United States. As we drove along the interstate,…
Presidential Fiction

Presidential Fiction

Would citizens in the United States consider casting a vote for the author of their favorite novel during next year’s presidential election? Because their neighbors in Latin America have a…
Constellations of Reading

Constellations of Reading

Something mortifying has reared its ugly head on our social networks: spring cleaning. Friends of mine have actually taken to boasting about their perfectly groomed bookshelves online. “It’s only been…
An Author’s Rights.

An Author’s Rights.

"You are the books you have read, the paintings you have seen, the music heard and then forgotten, the streets explored. You are your childhood, your family, selected friends, a…
A Yanqui in Havana

A Yanqui in Havana

When I learned the US was relaxing travel restrictions to Cuba, I couldn’t help but recall one of many jokes that were making the rounds on the island when I…
Pitol Is and Is Not Mexican: About El mago de Viena

Pitol Is and Is Not Mexican: About El mago de Viena

Up until recently Sergio Pitol (Puebla, 1933) was one of the best-kept secrets in Mexican literature. However, the recent announcement that he has been awarded the Premio Cervantes—perhaps the most…
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