JOHN GASCOIGNE

Writer & Musician

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Recent Travels

Sol del trópico, by Gabriela Mistral

Sol del trópico, by Gabriela Mistral

The poetry of Gabriela Mistral, who won the Nobel Prize in 1945, is very concrete, and generally it's yoked to the Chilean landscape. Often her protagonists are women: on solitary journeys that might be a pilgrimage or an attempt at flight; stuck in landscapes that...

Prosas apátridas, by Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Prosas apátridas, by Julio Ramón Ribeyro

Julio Ramón Ribeyro was a Peruvian author best known for his short stories; his work is enjoying a surge of attention in Peru on the 90th anniversary of his birth. Shopping in Lima I was torn between his collected stories, a formidable brick of a book, and his Prosas...

Una excursión al lado del lago

Una excursión al lado del lago

La belleza del paisaje alrededor de Lago Titicaca es como la belleza australiana – una semejanza solo intensificada por la presencia de bosques de eucaliptos, introducidos allí como en tantos lugares latinos – y para un ojo anglo, enseñado a encontrar belleza en...

Habits of the Pigeons

Habits of the Pigeons

One nice thing about Ben's work on the Real Pigeons series (Book 4 is out now) is that he and I now notice pigeons much more than we used to. There are lots of different pigeons in America, too - the little brown torcazas, with their feathers like scales, the big...

Diario castellano – julio y agosto 2019

Diario castellano – julio y agosto 2019

17 de julio Una cosa mexicana que no me gusta mucho es la música que se oye en tiendas y taxis: los ritmos de bailes europeos y las bandas de vientos quisquillosas y estreñidas. Ni me gusta el estilo de cantar: una intensidad forzada, llena de gemidos y gritos falsos,...

Movie Diary 27/8/19

Movie Diary 27/8/19

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – A blow for representation this may be, but the central relationship is on the messed-up Jane Eyre/Rebecca model, where the heroine (Constance Wu) has to make all the adjustments to win over her rich, impassive boyfriend (Henry Golding) –...