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Representations of the Intellectual by Edward Said
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Jacob the Mutant by Mario Bellatin
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It's enjoyable to share this book with a loved one, reading in succession. It facilitates the level of trust needed to take the internal-whirling of sentence and plot at face value. I kept on waiting for a deeper darkness to penetrate the novella, bu ...more
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Híkuri by Jose Vicente Anaya
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Read the new edition on the bus from Ramallah to Abu Dis, finally, after having picked up the book in Mexico City. The occasional nausea of the car ride feels right in relation to the experience of peyote ingestion itself. The poem almost attempts th ...more
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Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro
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Excellent translation while the poem itself, in Spanish, is more tactile that Papasquiaro's shorter poems. Reading the poem through the lens of/in relation to Infrarealism/Bolaño/The Savage Detectives shuts the poem down. The edition is beautiful and ...more
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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
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2nd reading, this time in English for a course on narrative dissent in Latin America. As happened the first time around, and with my students as well, the middle section galvanizes the reader to either give up on the novel and in turn, on visceral re ...more
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Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss
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Flirtatiously wavers the line—unknowingly—between just another colonial production to have radiated from Europe and a sensitive memoir that's self-aware of its own gaze and implication. I need to return to the closing section that reveals Lévi-Straus ...more
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