Like many educated and generally informed Americans, my parents listen to NPR. When they used to chauffeur me to school and activities, I would scowl, whine, and swiftly switch the station to music if I could reach the knobs. But I have gradually transitioned to tuning in myself, especially enjoying Terry Gross’s “Fresh Air” podcasts. … More Terry Gross, Radio’s Sweetheart, Profiled in The New York Times
Ever since last summer and fall when the U.S. media heavily covered the massive waves of children trying to escape threatening conditions in Central America, I’ve been keeping my eye on the responses of politicians. Last week at the first Democratic Party presidential debate, candidates unanimously agreed that substantial immigration reform is necessary. The most popular candidates, … More Central Americans Are Still Fleeing & the U.S. is Pushing them Back at Two Borders: How Will Dem Presidential Hopefuls Respond?
Organized by el Museo de Arte Popular, this massive parade every October showcases over 200 monumental alebrijes, or massive, phantasmagorical sculptures in vibrant color palettes. The oversized alebrijes featured in the parade are composed of a variety of materials, but many pay homage to Mexican folk artisans by employing cartonería, a traditional handcraft technique similar to papier-mâché (smaller-scale, … More Noveno Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales, October 17, 2015
I came across this Ted Talk and a week after watching it, I am still thinking about some of the ideas. I completely identify with the personality type Emilie Wapnick encapsulates with the term “multipotentialite,” and her argument that the notion that we all have “one true calling” is heavily romanticized. The anxiety of growing … More “Why Some of us Don’t Have One True Calling”: A Powerful Ted Talk
I recently came across an article in The Village Voice about a social media project titled Subway Book Review: Book Reviews with Strangers on the Subway that documents what individuals read on the subway and why. On a Facebook page, Instagram, and Tumblr, project creator Uli Beutter Cohen posts photos of individuals holding the books they are … More Subway Book Review: A Project Visualizing What We Read, How, and Why
One of the most visited museums in DF (and one outside of both the Bosque de Chapultepec and El Centro), friends visiting often ask me: Is the Casa Azul worth the hype? My answer: it depends what you are expecting. La Casa Azul is where Frida grew up and lived for many years with Diego … More El Museo Frida Kahlo / La Casa Azul
I first heard of Juan Rulfo when I was skimming Carlos Monsivais’s collection of essays, Mexican Postcard, and his presentation of Rulfo as a key innovator, working right before the Latin American Boom, compelled me to find a copy of Rulfo’s novel for myself. At used bookstores in North Carolina, copies of Pedro Páramo were in abundance, all of … More Pedro Páramo por Juan Rulfo
For those even slightly intrigued by the vibrant folk art and crafts of Mexico, prepare to be mesmerized. El Museo de Arte Popular is centrally located–one long block south of Parque Alameda–and boasts a terrific but not overwhelming permanent collection of various craft pieces, both old and new. MAP is designed to both visually enthrall visitors and … More El Museo de Arte Popular (MAP)