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David Schmidt

David J. Schmidt is an author, homebrewer, multilingual translator, and professional storyteller who splits his time between Mexico City and San Diego, California. He has written a variety of books, short stories, and articles in English and Spanish.

TABLETS OF HUMAN HEARTS: The Indestructible Cultural Wealth of Haiti

As I sat in the middle of the Haitian refugee camp with the battered guitar resting on my lap, I thought of Mamá Lola in Mexico.

“Coup? What Coup?”

The US government and the Bolivian putschists continue to describe this coup as a win for “democracy.” Disturbingly, this same claim is echoed in Mexico by political conservatives and the economic elite. Not only are they supportive of the coup, some are calling for similar violence against Mexico’s own center-left President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

In Search of the Promised Land: Hope and Despair in the Migrant Caravan

I found the migrant shelter at the end of a side street, in the shadow of the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

"Here Be Dragons"

The US publishing industry has recently thrown its weight behind a novel about migrants in Mexico: American Dirt (2020) by Jeanine Cummins. American Dirt is a gross misrepresentation of this nation, its culture, and, most importantly, its migrants. The fact that it has been selected by US publishers and publicists to represent the migrant’s story—to the exclusion of hundreds of other books—is deeply revealing.

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The Brooklyn Rail

MAR 2020

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