“Universidad” by Carlos Elizondo Alcaraz

Hi out there. How is everyone doing? I’ve been reading…a lot. One of the books I’ve been reading is a find from a Little Free Library in San Francisco: Universidad by Carlos Elizondo Alcaraz. Published in 1953, Universidad traces the personal experiences of a young student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). CarlosContinue reading ““Universidad” by Carlos Elizondo Alcaraz”

La Resta (The Remainder)

Earlier this fall, I read Chilean author Alia Trabucco Zerán‘s new book, The Remainder. The original Spanish title is La Resta, and I read the translation by British translator Sophie Hughes. This novel is at once familiar and distinct. While the focus is on post-Pinochet Chile, the story is told through the eyes of present-dayContinue reading “La Resta (The Remainder)”

Homenaje a Francisco Toledo

Today’s post is an homage to Francisco Toledo, in my opinion one of the greatest Mexican artists of all time. He passed on September 5th at the age of 79, and the art world has been remembering and celebrating all he did and was. Francisco Toledo was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca in 1940. He attendedContinue reading “Homenaje a Francisco Toledo”

Springtime Rituals

Our part of Northern California received heavy rain this winter. While lots of rain is a blessing to this often-parched part of the country, it resulted in quite a few gloomy days after the initial, exuberant rain celebrations had worn off. Now it’s officially spring here in the Northern Hemisphere – we made it! ApartContinue reading “Springtime Rituals”

The Good Life

Last week I listened to the newest episode from one of my favorite podcasts, Las Raras Podcast. This one is all about Francisco Vio Giacaman. As a young man he traveled to Chilean Patagonia and vowed to return. Now, years later, he brings his passion for sustainable agriculture to the community of Puerto Guadal andContinue reading “The Good Life”

Latin American Women Artists

Here we are, nearing the end of March. Spring has sprung in my corner of the world: birds singing, green grass sprouting, and new wildflowers every day. It’s on days like this that I’m thankful we made the move to the country! To celebrate Women’s History Month I’ve been focusing on women in the artsContinue reading “Latin American Women Artists”