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Jesse Tangen-Mills

Tangen-Mills writes a column at Bookslut about Latin American literature.

ROBERT LOWELL AND JORGE LUIS BORGES: TWO KINGS, ONE PAIR OF TROUSERS

So the King of Babylon designs a labyrinth to trap the King of Arabia, but the Bedouin monarch escapes, and swears that if they ever cross paths again he’ll put him in his own labyrinth: the Arabian Desert.

Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín

The chronicle, or crónica, as it is known in Spanish, has a long and rich history in Latin America, from the conquistadores until present. National patriots like Cuban Jose Marti and Colombian Rafael Nariño, labored as much in verse and politics as they did honing their journalistic skills.

On Elegance While Sleeping

 “I understand literary strategies well and they nauseate me,” the Argentine author, Viscount Lascano Tegui wrote. His first book On Elegance While Sleeping, published in 1925, contains hardly any “literary strategies”; instead, it works on a basic convention, the faux diary.

Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation

It used to be hard to find a rap song that didn’t end with international shout-outs. The obvious question was: Do they really have fans there? Turns out, they did.

FICTION
Alices Through the Looking Glass

If summer blockbusters are any sign, we’re as far from female protagonism as we were before the publication of the Second Sex. Heroes in our minds continue to be young and male.

NONFICTION
Hop Global

It used to be hard to find a rap song that didn’t end with international shout-outs. The obvious question was: do they really have fans there? Turns out, they did.

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OCT 2020

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