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Gabo the Great

Let’s start with a pretty obvious statement: Gabriel García Márquez is a great writer. Whatever one might think about how the processes of canonization, marketing, literary criticism, archival politics and celebrity shape how we remember certain writers and artists, it would be hard to argue against the fact that Gabo had a

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Los guardianes del papel

(Originally published on almarporliante.wordpress.com as part of a seminar on Los nuevos medios en la cultura latinoamericana I took with professor Craig Epplin at Portland State University. This is a revised version). Louie nos llamó por teléfono a la oficina que compartíamos Isabelle y yo a eso de las 12.30, antes de

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Si tengo suerte

31. POETITOS el que esté libre de influencias que tire la primera metáfora 31. POETITOS he who is free of influences let him throw the first metaphor I don’t know how I first heard about the Taller Martín Pescador. It may have been while reading the Primeros Libros blog, which

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The Archive and the Commons

So many recent posts on this blog have addressed the place of the archives in the world of the humanities today. I am inclined to agree with Hannah Alpert-Abrams’ diagnosis that there is a certain materiality to old texts that is simply lost with digitization, yet maintaining (and visiting) traditional archives

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Adventures in the Analogue Archive

At the end of her last post, Hannah wrote that the increasing availability of digitalized copies is leading us gradually to give up firsthand contact with the “beauty of the object” in exchange for “access to books we could never, otherwise, read.” I take this tradeoff personally. When writing grants

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Seeking La Maligna in La Chascona

Following in the long line of Pablo Neruda love on this site, I wanted to share some thoughts from my recent trip to one of Neruda’s restored ‘casa-museos’, La Chascona. In fact, I’m spending the next month here in Santiago winding my way through the numerous Neruda-related libraries and tourist

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Mapping the New World

I am addicted to digital archives. This morning on a whim, I clicked on a link from U.T.’s Harry Ransom Center. I spent the next several hours absorbed in the facsimiles of the maps from the Kraus Collection, a private collection that spans the 16th-18th centuries. The earliest map, dated 1545,

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