Category: Book Talk, Flora and Fauna

Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education

After an exhausting game of soccer with a crew of Mexico City street children, Vicente, a young teenager of 13 said, “Vamonos a la verga.” It was my third day with Casa Alianza, the international…

Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced

The cover of Disappeared: A Journalist Silenced depicts the Guatemalan journalist Irma Flaquer holding up a page in her left hand as if proofreading. Yet, her eyes are not looking at the paper…

Paradise in Ashes

Traditionally, anthropologists have divorced themselves emotionally and physically from their subjects, placing the highest priority on objectivity and the role of the anthropologist as expert…

Llamas, Weavings, and Organic Chocolate

first met Kevin “Benito” Healy a little over four years ago at an information session he gave to a group of State Department Foreign Service officers on their way to assignments in the Andes. After the session, I asked Healy…

Cacaos y tigres de papel

During the political crisis that almost toppled the government of President Ernesto Samper, no one examined the role played by business. This was despite the fact that, on several occasions…

Alambrista and the U.S.- Mexico Border

Whether it’s the traditional Mexican corrido that accompanies the birth of a baby girl in Michoacan, Mexico, or the “Okie-Dokie Shuffle” which underscores the diversity of cultures…

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