So, I’m gonna go ahead and not dwell on the fact that it’s been a year since I posted anything to this site. I’ve been writing quite a bit, though (chau, dissertation), and have published a few book reviews here and there. I’m pretty excited about the most recent one: not only was it for Music… Read More All about Bellatin
There are a million reasons I shouldn’t be writing this post right now, but I can’t stop thinking about the disappointing turn Zadie Smith’s otherwise beautiful reflection on climate change for the New York Review of Books takes at the end. Early in the piece, Smith talks about how comfortably her contemporaries have settled into discussions of the “new normal”—avoiding,… Read More Blame Derrida
On May 3, I’ll be moderating a panel sponsored by the PEN Translation Committee for the organization’s World Voices festival. I’m very excited to hear what the panelists have to say about language, politics, and “dangerous” or endangered texts. I suspect there are people who would like to attend, but will be unable to for one reason or… Read More Translating on the Edge at PEN World Voices
It’s been a while since I’ve written anything here, but I have been keeping busy. Since October, a couple of book reviews have come out here and there, and a more or less respectable amount of headway has been made on my dissertation. I turned in the final manuscript for The Dark, the most recent of… Read More hello, again.
A few months ago, I found myself de sobremesa with a motley bunch of porteños and transplants from all corners, staring at the cheese rinds, empty bottles, and cracker shards scattered across the table as reminders of the pleasant meal we’d just shared and the less pleasant morning to come. In one of the sated… Read More on causes, lost and found.
Tierra de los padres dir. Nicolás Prividera (Argentina 2011) Of all the things one could say about it, it would be hard to accuse Tierra de los padres of a lack of ambition, aesthetically or politically. The film, which was controversially excluded from the BAFICI and Mar del Plata festivals despite being lauded in Toronto,… Read More the angels of history
Many thanks to Scott Esposito of The Quarterly Conversation, who brought Daniel Bosch’s recent essay on William Kentridge to my attention. Those of you who read Sergio Chejfec’s My Two Worlds will remember Kentridge’s appearance toward the end of the book, and how his explicitly rendered lines of sight echo the narrator’s particular way of… Read More a bouquet of dark matter