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A friend, on a social network, just commented on one of my posts, paraphrasing and de-identifying, “I don’t mind that we make it easy for Americans to come down here to my Uruguay, despite how hard you make it for us to come to the USA. But could we do a ‘Democracy test’ at the border?”

So true! It would be a great idea, as a modest proposal. (more…)

When you come to Uruguay, it seems foreign. More so than the busy place from which you arrive here.

Deco/Fascist Progress-style mural of naked man and woman forging the tools and edifices of "Modern Civilization"

Welcome to Colonia and Glorious Uruguayan Progress, Compañeros!

Most English-speaking visitors get their first taste of my new country from a day-trip by ferry out of Buenos Aires, that chaotic, dirty, noisy, uproarious, wonderfully gigantic capital of tango and drama. (more…)

The Mercosur logo, light-background verson with the Southern Cross in blue, MERCOSUR in blue, the arc of the separator in greenHere in the Mercosur, the somewhat chaotic bloc of partner-rival nations where I now live, there’s a saying… “The South is our North.” The implication being that the “true north”, the guidestar, the pathway ahead and up into a bright future, is to the South.*

My book-in-progress (yes, of course I’m writing a book, isn’t everyone nowadays?) is titled Falling Off The Hemisphere. The title imagery a referback, of course, to the idea of falling “down”, the deepset sensewashing that “South” is “Down” on a map or a globe of Earth.  Which means, of course, that I’m still oriented from the North. (more…)

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