The work of Ramiro Gomez draws attention to the domestic workers and day laborers upon whose ministrations luxury lifestyles depend. Writer Lawrence Weschler spoke with the artist before a live audience earlier this year, on the occasion of the release of their book, Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez.Read This
Between 2008 and 2010, a period in which more than 7,000 people were found murdered in Juárez and the city became the most violent in all of Mexico, evidence against alleged suspects was found in less than 200 cases. In the other 6,800 cases, only trace remains were left behind to piece together how or why each murder was committed.Read This
The masked wrestler La Parka stood apart from other luchadores, from other wrestlers, because he was so honestly and distinctly frail. For all of his antics, at the end of the day, he was just this guy, dressed as a skeleton, trapped in a world filled with invincible men. And so he did what anyone would do. He hit them with chairs. And he danced like a maniac.Read This
On December 6, 2015, Holly Woodlawn, the film and cabaret performer known as one of the Warhol Superstars and an inspiration for Lou Reed’s famous song “A Walk on the Wild Side,” died of cancer-related complications at age 69. It was a sad day for me. Over a decade ago I interviewed Woodlawn (born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodríguez Danhakl in Puerto Rico in 1946) as part of the research for my book Boricua Pop: Puerto Ricans and the Latinization of American Culture (2004). This is what she told me.Read This
The Malecón, Havana’s five miles of curving, spray-soaked seawall and esplanade, is both magnificent and intimate. During the recent Havana Biennale it was full of artworks: a perfect emblem of the interplay between art and communities that made this particular Biennale so different from other global art shows.Read This
The bus from Hermosillo had rimmed out and leveled off on top of the Sierra Madre to begin its can-of-worms slide into Chihuahua when, from the pack between my legs, I took out my map. It covered Mexico from the border to Zacatecas and looking at it required me to stretch my right arm
across the aisle, holding the gulf coast in my hand.
“You won't get lost with a map like that,” said a voice from across the aisle and one row behind me.Read This
I spent a good portion of 2010 playing the Cassandra, mongering doom and gloom about the heat death of the alternative comics universe. What a difference a couple of years make.
Sonia Sotomayor is not the only Supreme Court justice with a good story to tell. But she may be unique in seeing the promotion of her story as her most essential mission as a Supreme Court justice.Read This