Poetics of Race

I want/need this book but of course I cannot afford it. Well I mean, I could buy it, I spent $100 on clothes and I could have bought this instead. But $110 for a book is a lot. It is $40 to have it electronically, without page numbers. I will ILL it although I really … More Poetics of Race

Literature and the state: Julio Ramos, Desencuentros de la modernidad

That’s a now old and famous book, but I have some old notes of mine on a page of an old review whose author I don’t know. So we will write them here before I recycle this piece of paper, to stimulate thought. My notes were that this is then the beginning of that literature-nation-state … More Literature and the state: Julio Ramos, Desencuentros de la modernidad

Also cut

I thought I needed this–it is a more concise version of something from the other manuscript–but I cut it. Maybe I can use it, or use it to shorten the other manuscript. The ten chapters of Toward a Global Idea of Race are framed by three shorter pieces that throw into relief the racial dimension … More Also cut

El reino de este mundo

See Ferreira da Silva 179-80 on Prospero and Caliban. Does this apply to the Reino de este mundo? To magical realism? That of course will have to be contrasted to what Coronil says about REM, which he likes. But still, I think this is very interesting. Axé.


I suppose I should not have recycled the photocopy of Ruffinelli, Poesía y descolonización. La poesía de Nicolás Guillén. México: Editorial Oasis/Universidad Veracruzana, 1985, 177 págs. Looking at it irritated me no end. But it’s a perfect example of what I am talking about: Guillén is part of his “us” against the US. So he … More Ruffinelli

Latin Americanism

I have finally ordered Alberto’s book, and we will find out what I think of his story. In the meantime, I never read his whole schtick on Latin Americanism. Perhaps now I shall. It’s The Cultural Practice of Latin Americanism and it’s in three volumes, and it started in Dispositio. There’s an article I’m recycling … More Latin Americanism

Race in Spain–and that language article

It is important to read this article about race. Also, I think I’m going to go to that SCLA conference again and present my paper “Language and the entrepreneurial university,” and see what they think of it. For that, there is this important article from 1989. Language is historically and linguistically conditions; experiences become experiences … More Race in Spain–and that language article

Sheet music

In my file reduction effort I recycled some photocopied and and also hand-transcribed and photocopied sheet music. It is just too tattered, and also I can’t play at that level any more–and if I ever can, I will have new music. But this sheet music was part of my old identity, for one thing. For … More Sheet music