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David Noriega

30 September 2011

A year ago today was the first time I was apprised of important, developing news via Twitter. An attempted coup in Ecuador! The Tweeter was not an ideal messenger: he was Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez, whose account I follow to see his scurrilous rhetoric comically confined to 140 characters. Here he was, tweeting about Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. More…

14 September 2009

I decided to put a stop to him: I asked for twice the money. He accepted and I had to scrounge for adjectives that would bring the deeper Mexico to light. I also introduced him to Gonzalo Erdiozabal. Here in Mexico, Gonzalo resembles an arrogant swashbuckler from 1940s Hollywood. In Austria, he had people revere him as Xochipili, presumed descendant of Emperor Moctezuma. More…

Originally published in Issue 8: Recessional

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The danger with ill-thinking is that it can devolve into the diet of the intellectual in his parlor, looking out over a chaotic landscape that he need not touch with anything but the wheels of his big American car. When it lands shrink-wrapped on coffee tables, El Malpensante provides a singular comfort to the educated, successful Colombian: despite the mess, despite the ignominy, Colombia is a cultured country. More…