Another Dose of Peronism for Argentina
Even if Alberto Fernández defies the expectations of both his neoliberal critics and the radical social movement activists, and turns out to be a much better president than Mauricio Macri, it is difficult to see him extracting either the economy or the polity from the morass in which Argentina finds itself.
December 9, 2019
Scholars of Sodom
It’s 1972 and I can see V.S. Naipaul strolling through the streets of Buenos Aires. Well, sometimes he’s strolling, but sometimes, when he’s on his way to meetings or keeping appointments, his gait is quick and his eyes take in only what he needs to see in order to reach his destination with a minimum of bother, whether it’s a private dwelling or, more often, a restaurant or a café, since many of those who’ve agreed to meet him have chosen a public place, as if they were intimidated by this peculiar Englishman, or as if they’d been disconcerted by the author of *Miguel Street* and *A House for Mr. Biswas* when they met him in the flesh and had thought: Well, I didn’t think it would be like this, or: This isn’t the man I’d imagined, or: Nobody told me.
April 5, 2012