Azuela: The inertia of revolution

In the outskirts of Juchipila, during the Mexican Revolution, Demetrio Macías makes an enemy on cacique Don Mónico, who sends federal troops on his trail by telling them that Macías is planning an uprising. Ironically it’s this persecution and the burning of his house that causes him to join the revolution along with his friends.…

Rulfo: Chronicle of a death concealed

It was during the dog days, the season when the August wind blows hot, venomous with the rotten stench of saponaria blossoms. The road rose and fell: «It rises or falls depending on whether you’re coming or going. If you are leaving, it’s uphill; but as you arrive it’s downhill.» −What did you say was…

On love and moral ambivalence: A stenographic account

It’s 1948, we’re in Mexico City, the Second World War is just a few years behind and still fresh in everyone’s mind; the State of Israel has just been established, igniting a war with the neighboring Arab states; USA companies are hijacking several sectors of the Mexican market effectively pushing many local companies to bankruptcy;…

Borges: Memory and blindness.

A very small point in which the whole universe -and every visible thing in it- is simultaneously observable without superposition or transparency; an Aleph, as Borges calls it in his short tale[1] ¿What can the vision of the innumerable mean for an observer that can not possibly contain it? Beatriz Viterbo dies in a morning…

Milton: Preventive regulation of knowledge is a crime.

“Areopagitica”, published by Milton the 23rd of November, the year of 1644. An opposition to a parliamentary order issued in 1643 that hindered freedom of expression and risked the press’ capacity to favour debate and distribution of information. This order was issued as “Order of the Long Parliament for the Regulating of Printing”  and it…