Posts Tagged: Argentina

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Meghan Flaherty

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Meghan Flaherty discusses her debut memoir, Tango Lessons, how the book found its current format, and writing a memoir at a young age.

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This Week in Books: Licorice Candies

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Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from […]

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Jesse Lee Kercheval

The Saturday Rumpus Interview with Jesse Lee Kercheval

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I have learned to put myself, my ego, to one side and truly experience someone else’s poetry.

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Fighting for Community Pride with Street Murals

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Isla Maciel, a small, poor community on the outskirts of bustling Buenos Aires, is experiencing a cultural makeover in the form of street art. Young artists aim to ignite communal pride, educate on issues of inequality and violence, and display the marginalized voices of Isla Maciel on every surface of the community with beautiful murals—some […]

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This Week in Short Fiction: Thus Were Their Faces by Silvina Ocampo

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Probably more than anything else, sheer curiosity propels readers through [Silvina Ocampo’s] stories.

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Dark Life Begets Dark Tales

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The Airship Daily examines the life of Horacio Quiroga. In his work, Quiroga shows a morbid obsession with death and violence (see: “The Decapitated Chicken”), and a large part of this undoubtedly stems from his own life. The opening salvo came before he had even completed his first year of life: In 1879, his father, […]

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The Blue Velvet Project Goes to Argentina

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Rumpus columnist Nicholas Rombes’s The Blue Velvet Project analyzes in marvelous depth 152 still frames from David Lynch’s classic arthouse film. The series, which originally appeared at Filmmaker magazine’s site, has been translated into Spanish as a book for Argentina’s Mar del Plata film festival. It’s called El Proyecto Terciopelo Azul, and Rombes will be […]

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“Scholars of Sodom”

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Roberto Bolaño’s posthumous collection The Secret of Evil will be released tomorrow. In this story drawn from the book, Bolaño imagines V.S. Naipaul’s time in Argentina in 1972. “Naipaul’s vision of Argentina could hardly have been less flattering. As the days went by, he came to find not only the city but the country as […]

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Why we need newspapers: They stand against tyranny

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In the 1960s and 70s, Central and South America were rife with dictatorships which used secret police, the military, right-wing death squads and tight control of the media to quash dissent and keep power. One of the most egregious of these police states was Argentina, still recovering from its anti-democratic Peronist era. In that nation, […]

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