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Marcelo Ballvé
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Marcelo Ballvé was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975. He grew up in Atlanta, Mexico City, and Caracas. He worked as an AP correspondent in Brazil and the Caribbean. In 2004, he moved back to Buenos Aires. His website is Sancho’s Panza.


Thursday, April 3 2008

Beyond Love: The Wisdom of Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez knew that love, like cholera, strikes unexpectedly, renders the body powerless, and is blind to class or race.

Tuesday, October 16 2007

Literature is Inside of Life Just Like a Tree is Inside of Life

Tao Lin has developed his own unmistakable and unique style by utilizing a contagiously honest way of writing. Marcelo Ballvé discusses Bed and Eeeee eee eeee with the author.


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.


Tuesday, April 10 2007

Various Artists: Liberacion: Songs of the Cuban Underground [DVD]

This compilation may be one of the purest embodiments of the reggaeton spirit that is widely available.

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