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To be a _______: A Review on the Concept of Gender

In Colombian Spanish, we have no words for what I am. Indigenous communities in Colombia have multiple gender designations but it is not simple to borrow their words to label myself from the outside. Similar to the English language, there is not an original neutral personal pronoun in Spanish, but

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Ni una menos. Vivas nos queremos

  Hay criminales que proclaman tan campantes ‘la maté porque era mía’, así no más, como si fuera cosa de sentido común y justo de toda justicia y derecho de propiedad privada, que hace al hombre dueño de la mujer. Pero ninguno, ninguno, ni el más macho de los supermachos

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Redescubriendo a Carlos Guastavino

Hace un par de meses discutí sobre las dificultades para definir la figura del compositor de música latinoamericano. Hoy quiero hablar del argentino Carlos Guastavino. La diversidad de estilos, escuelas, y motivaciones provocan que muchos compositores se queden fuera de los márgenes de análisis, rígidos y poco inclusivos. Por esa

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Messy Reflections after a trip to Brazil

This summer I had the incredible fortune of spending a month in Brazil taking an intensive language course. I arrived in Rio de Janeiro with a fairly set speech explaining my presence in the city and my desire to learn Portuguese. I’d discussed it with my mentor and typed it

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A Dispatch from Fantastic Fest

Fantastic Fest, Austin’s very own genre-movie film festival, wrapped up yesterday, and Latin America and Spain were all very well-represented in this year’s offerings— 10 films by my count (if you include the international co-productions Autómata and Necrofobia 3D, a film I skipped on). (I saw half of these.) What

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Crossing the Darién Gap

My friend Marcos and I first started talking about the idea of driving our motorcycles from Austin to Argentina during conversation practice in a Portuguese class at UT Austin. From the beginning we knew that we’d have a limited time schedule, but we knew about the Pan-American Highway, and our

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