La Prueba

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts’ desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” H.L. Mencken wrote this and just … More La Prueba

Best of the Blues

It is the weekend, so we must sing! Singing recommendations for this weekend have been made by our contacts at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. They are singing with these stars: BOBBY BLAND – Z.Z. HILL – ROBERT CRAY (especially the song “Back Door Slam”) – SIR CHARLES JONES – RAY CHARLES – JOHNNY … More Best of the Blues

Film Movement

Film Movement is not a service like Netflix but in some ways it could replace it. Check it out. What do you think? Meanwhile there is a complete and excellent blog on the Fujimori trial, which is ongoing. Alan García, our current president, also faces human rights charges for events including the El Frontón massacre. … More Film Movement

Sara Beatriz Guardia

Sara Beatriz Guardia gave an interesting talk the other night at the Café Bar Sancho Panza (Grau 209A, Barranco) – a locale I recommend, by the way. The talk on 19th century women writers Clorinda Matto and Mercedes Cabello, focused on the hatred and intolerance Lima society showed these authors. Guardia has written a paper … More Sara Beatriz Guardia

Sankt Hans

So it is São João and my official 50th birthday! June 24th is the year’s best day. Last night we leaped over fires and sang the midsummer song. In the southern hemisphere it is midwinter but we leaped over fires just the same, and drank hot cane liquor with cinnamon. * This is not necessarily … More Sankt Hans


This is St. John’s Eve, when trees receive their midsummer’s crown. Holger Drachmann‘s traditional song for St. John’s Day, is somewhat patriotic and bellicose. It is also rather eerie as it evokes witch burning, although this is also said to be a burning away of what is unwanted. It has been satirized, as the Danes … More Midsommervisen

Dat Whiteman

Whiteman: How long has it been since you were last here? Professor Zero: Nine years. WM: Do you find it has changed? PZ: Not greatly. It is different from the early eighties when I first came, and from the mid eighties when the Shining Path activity was intense, but I noticed those changes already in … More Dat Whiteman