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Sunday, December 2 2007

Learning from Latin America’s Media Pirates

Today’s illicit “DVD factory” in a corner of Paraguay might tomorrow become a node in a democratic, grassroots distribution network for Latin American media.


Sunday, November 4 2007

Living on the Margins

The protagonists of tomorrow are people who are off-line, somehow off the grid, unsophisticated or simply unimpressed by the general spectacle of information-overload and conspicuous consumption.


Thursday, September 27 2007

On Being Savage

In today's world, in which most native people live not in forests or on islands but in cities, savagery has become a state of mind more than anything else. Perhaps a little 'savagery' would be good for modern civilization.


Sunday, August 26 2007

Playing from the Hip

Jorge Ben always sounds like he's playing from the hip, not from the head, not really from the heart either.


Thursday, August 2 2007

Delfin Quishpe: Ecuador’s Unlikely YouTube Celebrity

Other than cute animal photos and pornography, the content that enjoys the most popularity on the Internet often has a link to real-world events of generalized significance – like Quishpe's 9/11 video.


Wednesday, July 4 2007

Blood Art from Africa?

Everywhere one looks these days, the supposedly "forgotten" continent is under the glare of spotlights. But there is a thin line between patronage and plunder.


Tuesday, May 29 2007

Tom Zé: Brazilian Music Machine

Tom Zé, the tough sertanejo, should not be crossed. Eventually he will have his way.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

The Resilient Works of Roberto Bolaño: Raccoon-Resistant, Water Resistant, Immortal

Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.


Thursday, April 5 2007

On Revolutions, Civil War and Dictators: The Work of Ryszard Kapuscinski

Kapuscinski, a master of subjective journalism, once referred to news agency reporters as “terrible victims of information”.


Wednesday, February 28 2007

Brazilian Choro Music: The Oldest Jazz

Before jazz, before samba and bossa nova, before even Stravinsky had been born, musicians in 19th century Rio were testing their virtuosity playing choro tunes.


Thursday, February 1 2007

Tropicália: Brazil’s Musical Revolution Turns 40

Tropicália would combine the cosmopolitan sensibilities and lyrical precision of rock with the entire geological depth of Brazil's considerable musical tradition.


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