Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US →
Because: Everyone I told of the incident, shall we say, when Argentina was holding all foreign publications at Customs, preventing them from entering the country, was shocked something like that was transpiring here. Well, look at what is happening in the U.S. We shout and brag a lot about our freedom, but what how does that reality break down? We have more than a few thinly veiled ways or...
Joan's Decision →
Because: This week’s past episode made me feel like I had been punched in the heart. My roommate and I sat on the couch after the short clips for next week’s episodes had faded to black (by the way, I never get anything from those prescient clips, nor do I ever remember them) stuttering “What?” “How?!” about all of it. When this season wraps I plan to re-watch...
Tiene el metro cuadrado más caro del país.... →
Because: Empty promises, no? I swear if this place were easier to get to it would be more lively and inhabited. I find Puerto Madero comforting and odd for the same reason: I feel as though I’m back in the U.S. All those industrial-looking buildings, sterile and close to being identical, well, I feel as though I’m in the U.S., albeit some nameless Anywhere City, USA, or some bland...
On Renouncing Citizenship
Renouncing citizenship Did Eduardo Saverin do anything wrong? Because:This is not something I will be doing anytime soon or probably ever, but the U.S. is the only country whose citizens are subject to domestic income tax even if residing outside the U.S. I had to report when I left Argentina, where I went and for how long, as well as details like how much I paid in monthly rent down here in...
Argentina is making it harder for people to buy... →
Because: I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I immediately thought of Cuba and the government-imposed travel restrictions on residents. Many Argentines I know love to travel and use their generous holidays to do so.
Some economists are even predicting recession before year’s end, saying recently...– Argentine president says ‘world is falling’ as storm clouds loom over its once-booming economy Because: Any Argentine over the age of 11 already has suffered from a crisis that slashed their (or their family’s) savings. They don’t deserve to go through it all over again.
Dharun Ravi's Contrition Problem →
Because: So many of my friends and classmates attended Rutgers. In fact, my little sister heads there for school next year. I have a hard time believing this happened at a place liberal (I say that because it’s New Jersey; ignore that Christie’s at the helm) and fun-loving place as people have described Rutgers to me. Ravi’s involvement in the whole situation, his reaction and...
Buenos Aires has figured out it has hipsters
Hipsters, la moda de no estar a la moda Because: Buenos Aires has had hipsters since I moved here and probably long before that, too, people just didn’t know the word. (Side analysis: That would have made them the ultimate hipsters, right?) I would describe a bar, like Caracas with stenciled street art adorning its internal walls and its outdoor ping pong table, to an Argentine friend as...
The recession didn't gut the prospects of American... →
Because:This is an important read. Be prepared, because many of the cited numbers and facts in this story are shocking. Maybe my generation isn’t idling because it’s/we’re too idealist and want to follow our “passions” rather than support ourselves, but because we really can’t do it. I have to say, this has me concerned for mine—and our—future. Now on to plans...
Buenos Aires, la ciudad más cara y más barata del... →
Because:That sounds about right. When people ask me if this city is expensive or cheap, I always have to give the ambivalent answer of “yes and no.” The bus costs about .25 USD to ride, but I feel as though I’m in on some secret if I find a decent-looking pair of shoes for less than $75 USD.
The Time I Studied Abroad →
Because: This was my life for my four months in Barcelona (Blogcelona, my first Tumblr!),and a lot of it pertains to my current life. That is, I’ve tried to prolong the best parts of it while still attempting to be a (more) real person.
And conversely, articles about Argentina are almost always very negative in tone...– Down Argentina Way Because: Hmm. I agree credit should be given where credit is due. In the interviews I conducted for my last Businessweek piece, everyone did say the Argentine economy was doing pretty well, especially in comparison with the rest of the world, but there were all these...
The bad magic here is that people can no longer see this work as a painting. Now...– Jerry Saltz: This Is Why I Hate Big-Money Art Auctions Because: I greatly admire Saltz’s work. He brings the art world into the mainstream media, often controversially, in the way few other journalists or critics do. I recommend reading the comments, too, as readers are unafraid to question...
Patagonia's Founder Is America's Most Unlikely... →
Because:I think it’s these types of people, ones who might not ever envision themselves as business owners, who can create and run businesses best. They do it because some idea or motivation is so arresting they have to follow through. That is where you compassion behind passion and ideals people can get behind personally and professionally.
In the silence of connection, people are comforted by being in touch with a lot...– Because: Here it is, another story about how lacking in human connection our current society is, specifically the relationships that operate within that construct. I’ve expressed my take on this before, but reading this article added another bullet point to my perspective. Living so far from...