Aug 21, 2009
Mato Grosso means thick forests, and the name was once apt. But today, this Brazilian state is a global epicenter of deforestation. Driven by profits derived from fertile soil, the region's dense forests have been aggressively cleared over the past decade, and Mato Grasso is now Brazil's leading producer of soy, corn and cattle, exported across the globe by multinational companies.
Aug 19, 2009
During her lifetime, Lispector, a catlike blond beauty with movie-star magnetism and an indefinably foreign accent, enjoyed an enormous succès d'estime in Brazil. Her fiction, which combines jewel-like language, deadpan humor, philosophical profundity and an almost psychotically lucid understanding of the human condition, was lauded for having introduced European modernism to a national literature felt to be pretty parochial.
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
On August 13, 1961, East Germany divided the city of Berlin and its people with a concrete wall and barbed wire. This month marks a painful anniversary of a construction both symbolic and physical that defined the latter half of the twentieth century as a period of division and suspicion, ideological confrontation and isolation.
Aug 16, 2009