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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) –...

El Museo de Antropología de Xalapa

El Museo de Antropología de Xalapa

El diseño del Museo de Antropología de Xalapa como edificio es casi tan impresionante como sus tesoros: las enormes cabezas, tronos y estelas olmecas no están encerrados en galerías oscuras sino esparcidos por jardines y espacios llenos de luz solar, aún conectados...

Frangipani

Frangipani

I see my grandfather's bones in frangipani tree branches: incautious in their instinct to share, they loll green tongues of leaf, litter the pavement with blossoms where they are trodden, turn banana-skin brown. I see them floating in saucers, stuck in lapels, a third...

El nopal y el prickly pear

El nopal y el prickly pear

En El laberinto de soledad, Octavio Paz cita a una amiga mexicana; ella vive en California y reflexiona sobre la grieta entre idiomas, la manera que las palabras de distintas lenguas parecen cambiar las cosas que nombran. En Estados Unidos incluso los pájaros y...

Los Angeles Nocturne

Los Angeles Nocturne

This is my translation of Xavier Villaurrutia's poem "Nocturno de Los Ángeles" from his collection Nostalgia de la muerte. Villaurutia was an important literary figure in Mexico in the years after the Revolution, a member of the contemporáneos along with Salvador Novo...

Book List 2018

Book List 2018

My reading last year was shaped by my travels – in Japan and Korea in April and May, and South America in the second half of the year. I was surprised at the paucity of titles on Japan and Korea in English – reflecting, I suppose, white Australians' indifference to...

Movie Diary 26/12/18

Movie Diary 26/12/18

Annihilation (2018) – With its obvious debts to Aliens (a military expedition picked off one by one) and Avatar (the purple – in both senses – prettiness of the alien environment), this adheres to Hollywood formula more than Ex Machina, but inflects it in interesting...

Ben’s Big Year – Blast Off and Real Pigeons

Ben’s Big Year – Blast Off and Real Pigeons

Some artists include their effort in their finished work, and we value it, in part, because it was hard to do. Some artists ask a lot of their audience, and we value their work because it's hard to understand. Some – especially in forms, like books for children, that...

Diario castellano – mayo 2018

Diario castellano – mayo 2018

3 de mayo Mientras que Tokio ha tragado su paisaje, así que los cerros son invisibles debajo sus cargas de edificios, y hasta los ríos son cerrados, como el Meguro, en los canales hechos por el hombre, Seúl es construido alrededor su paisaje, el gran río Han y las...