Best of 2017

As in years past (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), here are some of the things I enjoyed this year (inspired by Eve Tushnet’s annual list). Best non-fiction read for the first time Christian Texts for Aztecs by Jaime Lara: an academic-press glossy-paged wonder of a history that involves feathered sanctuaries and sunburst monstrances and is the coffee-table bookContinue reading “Best of 2017”

Como atrapar al universo en una telaraña

Tomás Saraceno’s Como atrapar al universo en una telaraña installed the world’s largest spider web in the second floor of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. And it’s breathtaking. Literally, they tell you when you enter que es prohibido soplar. The delicate silk threads are separated from museumgoers by courtesy alone. It’s vivifying,Continue reading “Como atrapar al universo en una telaraña”

23 thoughts for 23 years

Well, #BlogEveryDayinArgentina went bust. But that’s alright. Habit-forming isn’t streak-keeping, it’s going back to work after a day of rest. When I set out to form habits, it’s always something discipline-oriented. Do Duolingo every day. Do yoga every night. Swipe it off my to-do list app and feel like a machine. But I’m not aContinue reading “23 thoughts for 23 years”

dénouement

catherineaddington: My next-door neighbor speaks pointed BBC English. I’ve met her only once, this morning, as I was heading out for the day and she was carting out the week’s trash. She knew me as the foreigner, and greeted me in kind, and I was startled by how unstartling that tone was in my earsContinue reading “dénouement”

The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente

At first the group met in the Degiorgi family’s home in upscale Recoleta, but decided to officially establish the club at the Monserrat home of another early member, Daniel Bevilacqua, on January 1, 1905. The club’s immediate orders of business were to elect a first president (the commanding, mustachioed goalkeeper Arístides Langone); select their colorsContinue reading “The Mythical Founding of Club Atlético Independiente”

Saint Rita in Buenos Aires

Two years ago today I took this photo of the statue of Saint Rita, my parish’s patron, in the cathedral of Buenos Aires. It is the closest statue to the bishop’s chair, which so recently belonged to the man who is now pope. I am grateful, as a Christian, that I do not have toContinue reading “Saint Rita in Buenos Aires”

Cementerio Británico, Buenos Aires

 Cementerio Británico, Buenos Aires 9 de mayo del 2015 That’s the first Orthodox cross I ever saw on a grave. On either side of an austere Anglican chapel holding court in Chacarita are rows and rows of these three-bar crosses, poking out into the leaves in memory eternal. They stud the British cemetery in BuenosContinue reading “Cementerio Británico, Buenos Aires”

dénouement

My next-door neighbor speaks pointed BBC English. I’ve met her only once, this morning, as I was heading out for the day and she was carting out the week’s trash. She knew me as the foreigner, and greeted me in kind, and I was startled by how unstartling that tone was in my ears again.Continue reading “dénouement”