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Some Good Reads

oNE OF THE BEST BOOK IHAVE EVER READ July 24, 2003 Thomas San Diego and Points unknown Aztec (Mass Market Paperback) While underway on an US Submarine I picked this book up from the ship’s library and literally could not put it down until I was finished!! When I was

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Pterodactilo Goes Digital

N. Katherine Hayles, known for her interdisciplinary work in posthumanism and digital humanities, is coming to speak at the GRACLS2013 conference this Friday (October 11, 5:30pm). Her talk will be the keynote address for the conference, which will also feature more than ten papers on topics related to Latin America, including Chilean Libros

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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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Rarified Books

Just back from a week at the California Rare Books School at UCLA, I have been thinking about the love of books. I have been thinking about the physical beauty of the object itself, about the pleasure we get when we hold in our hands a rough cloth binding or

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Uqbar

After reading recent posts by Megan, Frank, and Hannah, I’ve found myself once again on the beckoning road of Borges. Hannah’s artificially-generated prose draws on text from «Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius» . In “Tlön,” a fictionalized Borges happens across an encyclopedia entry on Uqbar, a country that cannot be located

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Building a BorgesBot

Borges never went so far as to write about artificially generated prose, but there is something Borgesian about the concept. That’s why I think my newest foray into computer coding is particularly appropriate. It’s a program that generates fake Borges stories, like this one: Según secreto Erlord , para simular

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The Octavio Paz guide to publishing translations from India

I’ve just come back from several months living in a one-room bungalow/ former wood shed in rural Bihar, India. When you’re living in a place with spotty electricity and no running water surrounded by people who are monolingual in a dialect of Hindi you can only sort of understand, the

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Connecting Texts: «Daytripper» and Literature Review

Daytripper (2011) is Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s Eisner Award winning comic series (now distributed as a single collection or graphic novel) that tells the life story of Brás de Oliva Domingos in contemporary Brazil. The comic’s subtle movements across Brazil (Río, São Paulo, Bahía and Acemira) create a national story

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Pterodáctilo No. 11 Launched!!!

On Friday the Ptero Team launched the «Lost Issue» of Pterodáctilo, this is the online literary, linguistic, and cultural journal for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. We held the launch party at Salvation Pizza. The new features of this issue are: the

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