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Last Call For Resident Author Applications


Thanks to all who have submitted resumes for the writer-in-residence jobs we announced two posts back.

Is Donald Trump America's Pancho Villa?


This week celebrates the revolution here in Mexico, so I would be remiss not to note some uncanny parallels between Donald Trump and Pancho Villa.

Travel Writer In Residence Dream Job


Not many folks get paid to write. Much less to apprentice with a critically-acclaimed author. Yet, that opportunity is now available to you for a limited time.

Author Lionel Shriver On Political Correctness


I hate to disappoint you folks, but unless we stretch the topic to a breaking point this address will not be about the assigned theme of “community and belonging.” In fact, you have to hand it to this festival’s organisers: inviting a renowned iconoclast to speak about “community and belonging” is like expecting a great white shark to balance a beach ball on its nose.

Black Lives Really Don't Matter


I was the white-skinned member in a black church through most of university. Not because I was making a human rights statement.

My Brief Undocumented Migrant Phase


Forboding creeps into my heart as the bus nears Copacabaña border crossing. I'm taking a gamble. All the other passengers are European, because Americans are supposed to get visas before entering Bolivia with a two-way plane ticket, but I'm relying on the schmoozing powers that have so magically transported me across many frontiers.

Learning Stuff From Primitive Savages


Jack's Cafe may sit on Cuzco's most touristy corner but truly deserves its long line of travelers spilling out into the street.

Only One Situation Justifies Domestic Violence


The Inca-berry-slathered alpaca filet on my plate and the narcotic coca leaves in my teacup can only mean one thing: I'm in Cusco.

Cracker Lives Matter In Lima Peru


Nirvana is to be experienced rather than defined, except to say that the airport in Lima is its exact opposite.

Destination Two: Friendly Skies Over Peru


Interjet flight 2890 to Lima isn't packed with bookish lesbian hikers like the plane from Missoula to Salt Lake was or prudish mormon elders like the plane from there to Mexico was.

Globe Trekking Pitstop One: Missoula Montana


Readers who've been breathlessly awaiting the revelation of the first location of my global vacation can now breathe deeply from the fresh air on Montana's Lake McDonald.

Time to Hit the Road Again


Enough hibernation already!Humanity is doomed to vacillate between distress and boredom, as the German philosopher Schopenhauer said.

Homo Killers Rock and Homemakers Suck


A big greedy insurance company very recently conspired to find out what career makes people the happiest, so they could provide more insurance to long-living happy folks rather than short-lived sad folks.

Life Is Cooler Than Fiction


The prestigious Eclectica Magazine is publishing dual anthologies of what they consider the best fiction and nonfiction writing from the last twenty years.

Strippers, Cactus, & Other Edibles III


Goat milk caramel and strawberries with whipped cream are common confections in Guanajuato. Yet, I’m introduced to these ordinary sweet things by an extraordinary sweet thing: a brown sugar and exotic dancer named Clementine.

Strippers, Cactus, & Other Edibles II


After dreams of making beautiful music with Lila Downs, I awake under a desert sunrise. Hit the road home to my ranch.

Strippers, Cactus, & Other Edibles


While moving this week into a new house in the verdant rainforest that encircles my university above the Oaxacan coast, your author stumbled upon notes scribbled at the desert ranch I inhabited for two years before coming here.

Why America Embraces A Trump/Clinton Circus


This magazine has already provided snapshots of the tiny tip of the huge iceberg that is the lifelong ideological and moral bancruptcy of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Trekking the Birthplace of Food IV


The next morning, I’m driven to the small town of Coxcatlan by a new friend named Lily. She’s not exactly hard on the eyes.

Trekking the Birthplace of Food III


I spend all morning at the Museum of the Tehuacan Valley. This shrine to the history of corn is located in the former Convent of Carmen, where I stroll happily from exhibit to exhibit in a geek’s paradise. Today, the Tehuacan Valley is a dusty nook between the states of Puebla, Veracruz, and Oaxaca.


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