Because: I liked that I found all the insights in this post to be unexpected. It also served as a nice little jolt to keep on keeping on.
Because: Paraguay is Argentina’s neighbor, but the news out of the country that reaches me in Argentina is infrequent and quiet. I had no idea the country’s indigenous language had such a stronghold. I think it’s incredible. It also calls attention to how many regional, native languages we unfortunately have lost even in just Latin America. Language and culture are so closely intertwined. Globalization has its obvious benefits, but preserving individual cultures and their languages makes all so much more interesting.
- In New Orleans, an Actor Turns Grocer
- I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter
- Beyond Mile-High Grub: Can Airline Food Be Tasty?
Because: Above are three interesting and unrelated, aside from being published in the same outlet, food stories I have read recently. Reasons detailed briefly below.
1. I have a friend working at a food co-op in New Orleans and I think urban food deserts are an important issue to address.
2. This is a form of writing I’ve always been curious about.
3. Travel news, so I’m interested. Who knew so much tomato juice was consumed, or why.
Because: This article is from 2010 but it came into my consciousness only this week. I have no firsthand experience with paco, though I am sure I have passed people using it before. What I’m more certain of is that I have seen many people high on paco, and many kids. It’s something in their eyes and how they carry themselves; they look crazed and desperate but intimidatingly confident, totally devoid of fear. I’m not trying to be dramatic when I say you can feel it in their presence, even if it’s just on a bus. The quote in this article about kids scrambling across roofs like rats? My heart aches.
Also, I commend The Guardian for its honest coverage of Buenos Aires’ villas, as its possibly the only mainstream media outlet where I’ve read about them. If you’ll recall the piece on the city’s barras bravas also was published on The Guardian.
DIPLO EN BA, from What’s Up Buenos Aires
Because: I wonder if all DJ’s and musical artists who take inspiration from world music undertake similar research when traveling abroad. I think it’s awesome. Also, I would like to formally request a place tagging along on all Diplo musical adventures the next time he is here.
I love the tidbit about “Brad Peet.” In my experience, Argentines (and many other Latin Americans) are often inclined to comparing those from the U.S. to a famous counterpart. It’s a culture of nicknames, and that’s an easy way to generate one.
Because: The death of Andrew Breitbart has forced into public discourse in the U.S. a very important conversation, which this obituary so accurately describes. Being removed from the U.S. has made me acutely aware of the rhetoric that comes out of my home country, and how attentive much of the world is to it, too. May no one take it upon him or herself to take Breitbart’s position, and may this be the turning point for changing the nature of our dialogue.