It is the weekend, so we will learn history and sing! Like many cities, Lima swang in the sixties – while the national government fought guerrilla movements. (There were two coups d’état as well, although there was also an elected President part of the time. He had an interesting life, in my opinion.) Part I: … More Lima in the Sixties!
I just received the following, which I hasten to disseminate. I’ve written Jindal. You should, too. “Yesterday Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threatened to roll back protections for our families by refusing to renew an anti-discrimination executive order that is set to expire TODAY [Friday, 22 August]. The order prohibits state agencies and contractors from harassment … More Action Alert – Jindal
This is really beautiful. I would love to visit 1930s Havana (in my time machine, of course). I am rereading Alejo Carpentier and yes, I am on an archival travel footage jag. I would show Samarkand in the twenties if I could find it. (The voiceover on this video may be distracting, but you can … More Havana, 1930s
Last Wednesday I discovered the blog Choledad Privada, a nonacademic blog by an academic (just like this one), so today I am featuring it. Read it for pleasure. If you are one of those prepared to understand it, you will instantly see why I recommend it. And it is also a FACEBOOK group, which makes … More Reading for Pleasure Wednesday: Private Cholitude
This video is really good, with excellent music, and unlike some I have posted recently, it is not American made: This one, too: Axé.
I used to hear that only APRA, or only foreign investment could save Peru. Then I heard that only Alberto Fujimori and the sinchis could save it. Now mining is supposed to be saving the country, which has coal among other minerals. We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to show this video about coal mining. … More Coal Is Not an Alternative Fuel
We already know that of things one can have done to oneself at low prices in Lima, I prefer acupuncture over beauty services. We also know that I almost never go to restaurants, and that when I do, they are cheap ones, that I like Lima 1, and that I shop in the central market … More Fancy Cafés of Lima: Open Thread
The owner of the bus company HORNA, in whose vehicle I was riding when it hit a truck and then crashed into a car, said that he had no way of controlling whether or not the drivers had accidents. He was therefore not responsible for anything that happened, so that it was not his duty … More Yet Another Coda
This is very good. H/T Hattie. As a side note, it alludes to one of my main themes: the fallacious idea that it is more healthy and “natural” (or “genuine”) for women to be irrational than for us to be logical. As we know, that idea is central in Reeducation. Axé.
It is a serious problem. Listen closely to the clever commentary by the reporter! And here, we see people burning electrical cables in the street near the Gamarra market. Update: Some of the commentators on the second video say the reason people are committing this ecological crime is that they are “shitty Indians” (sic). In … More Meones en Lima