latest reading – severe

Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. The title in Spanish: Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina.

It's an oldie, 1971, but many themes are universal and long-term. So much applies right to the present day.

It's everything I expected and overwhelmingly much much more. OMG. I've been a student of that area of the world for a long time, so no surprises, just the usual difficulty in processing it.

With a failing mainstream press and bat-shit-crazy politics the norm, books are still where it's at in so many ways.

8 responses to “latest reading – severe

  1. Oh, Dave. You're becoming radicalized radicalized side is showing I like that.Do you think with the conviction of Rios Montt that it's safe to go to Guatemala?Did you read about Isabel Allende on Democracy Now a couple of weeks ago? She's not a historian as much as a novelist, but she's still really badass.When do you you'll make it back to MX?Plan B is to go the South America if I don't make it to India.

  2. I think the trial of Montt is a good thing, and Reagan, if he were still living, should have been up there with him. It's hard to believe that Ollie North spoke more than once in this area as a paid/honored speaker. That's some sick shit. More lies than stars in the sky, and the great American hero. These things are still going on in some ways.I think the safety/danger level of Guatemala is unchanged and will remain so for awhile. A genocide took place there not that long ago, so I can imagine that shit is still weird in many ways, plus the crushing poverty will always make things unpredictable. With that said, I'd still go to Guatemala City, Managua, San Salvador, etc. It's hard to say this, but with all the stress in those areas, and all the insane things that have happened, Cuba seems almost serene in comparison.Agree on Isabel Allende. She really is badass. She has a bunch of good books out, as worthwhile in English translation as in the original language. Galeano, too. Carlos Fuentes. So many. Why so much great literature from Latin America? 🙂 I don't know when I'll get back to Mexico. When it hits for me, it hits. I hope one day to get a little retirement hideaway going there while I'm still in good enough shape to enjoy it. There or in rural Nevada. We'll need some help. Come on down. We'll all draw what's left of Social Security until something conks out.Yes, if not India, I think South America would be good. As far as that continent, I've only seen a tad of Brasil. My interest is high for Bolivia, Equador, Chile, Peru, anywhere really. Any town/city that has a plaza (they all do) is a great place to hang out.

  3. Andrew, speaking of this type of travel, look where this myopera member is going. Pretty good!

  4. operainchicago

    Chi chi's. Nuff said! :cheers:

  5. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Andrew, speaking of this type of travel, look where this myopera member is going. Pretty good!

    That's sweet. :up: I hope he takes an expedition hammock with him. A tent would be a really bad in those sorts of jungles.

  6. I wish that I was more of an expert on Latin America and I could contribute to this conversation. My knowledge does go a little further than One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez but not far enough, to my shame.

  7. Originally posted by harrytheman:

    My knowledge does go a little further than One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Then you've got a leg up on me. I don't even know who Gabriel Garcia Marquez is. And I'm still deprogramming myself from all the lies the US government has been telling its citizens since the USS Maine.

  8. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    And I'm still deprogramming myself from all the lies the US government has been telling its citizens since the USS Maine.

    OMG it's crazy. Nearly the biggest coverup ever and the history of the 80's has been totally rewritten and forgotten.The mental image of Oliver North on the TV back then still makes me sick.The movie, Salvador, is not a bad light introduction to some of the things from that decade:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_%28film%29And the Efrain Ríos Montt stuff coming out of Guatemala these days was just the tiny tip of the iceberg.For me it's been an area and historical period absolutely ripe for study. A fair amount of the bad old stuff is still going on and a lot of fingers still point back to you know where.

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