Llansol, Poet of the Posthumous
The longer one inhabits Maria Gabriela Llansol’s world, the more one sees what it might mean to write against the novel, to create prose that could aspire to the status of a living being, one that moves and exists without having some artificial form imposed upon it.
October 28, 2018
Tibet’s Quiet Revolution
It’s been startling to witness mass demonstrations in countries across the Middle East for freedom from autocracy, while, in the Tibetan community, a die-hard champion of “people power” tries to dethrone himself and his people keep asking him to stay on. Again and again the Dalai Lama (who tends to be more radical and less romantic than most of his followers) has sought to find ways to give up power, and his community has sought to find ways to ensure he can’t.
March 19, 2011
A Deceptive Amnesty in Cuba
The Cuban government has announced it will release fifty-two political prisoners who have been locked up since 2003. The announcement is certainly good news for the prisoners and their families, who have been through a very difficult seven-year ordeal. But we’ve seen such negotiated releases before.
July 9, 2010