Cartas de América #2: Power and his people

We always want to believe that injustice is simply inconsistency, that punishing those weaker than us is simply not who we are, that it is a betrayal of our identity to exploit. In the second issue of my LatAm newsletter, I revisit an Irish-Basque-Catalan legislator (oh yes) who argued for Puerto Rican interests in theContinue reading “Cartas de América #2: Power and his people”

If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)

Nate DiMeo’s musings on the Gadsby’s Tavern ballroom now housed in the American wing at the Met are a fairly exact approximation of my own experience of being in that room. This is beautiful. If You Have to be a Floor (The Met Residency Episode 6)

Episode 29: Our Lady of Guadalupe (with Catherine Addington)

As guest star supreme, Catherine Addington, tells us, Our Lady of Guadalupe is “a thing that is both.” Mexican and Catholic, native and foreign, we dive deep into a story of devotion, roses, snake skirts, widowers, adult-born gods, human sacrifice, and the power of very pious grandmas. Stick around for some hot takes on mythology-inspiredContinue reading “Episode 29: Our Lady of Guadalupe (with Catherine Addington)”

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”

To the memory of Xipaguazin Moctezuma

Sant Jaume de Toloriu, Alt Urgell, Catalunya There’s a story—half legend half history, as these things go—that I love and hardly ever see around in English. Mondays are good days for storytelling. Start your week sipping on this: in the part of Spain that isn’t Spain and isn’t quite yet France, there’s a town soContinue reading “To the memory of Xipaguazin Moctezuma”

Mother Maria Skobtsova

adamthenorman: “The bodies of fellow human beings must be treated with greater care than our own. Christian love teaches us to give our brethren not only spiritual gifts, but material gifts as well. Even our last shirt, our last piece of bread must be given to them. Personal almsgiving and the most wide-ranging social workContinue reading “Mother Maria Skobtsova”