Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 2, March-April

Architect of the Land of the Unknown
To understand Douglas Cardinal, one of contemporary architecture's most distinctive interpreters of the built environment, look at an ear. The word listening constantly keys his own discussions of his work. Listening, for him, means truly hearing...
A Rich Brew from the Shade
The setting is a modern coffee farm. Like many such farms, only two plant species are present: the coffee itself, and the trees that provide scant shade above them. The sun warms the early morning air at this mid-elevation site, where coffee grows...
Bright Colors, Deep Source
Roberto Mamani Mamani, one of Bolivia's foremost painters, has a very personal sense of mission. His paintings are more than a passive representation of the lifestyle and culture of the Aymara Indians of the Bolivian altiplano. Through his work he...
Foundations for a Golden Anniversary
Our heroes of North and South America, Washington and Bolivar, Lincoln and San Martin, might all have been fashioned in a single hour, in the same mold; they were laborers in a common task. Our constitutions, the fruit of their might, were inspired by...
House of Worldly Treasures
"The house could be seen from two or three streets away and was known all over St. James. It was like a huge and squat sentry-box: tall, square, two-storeyed, with a pyramidal roof of corrugated iron. It had been designed and built by a solicitor's clerk...
Legendary Beacons of the Southern Cone
In The Lighthouse at the End of the World, his last and one of his least-known novels, Jules Verne gave name to a legend. He illuminated a centuries-old tale of the first shining signal in the' farthest latitudes of Argentina's South Atlantic on the...
Reasons for Dying
1 Some spoke of our land. But I thought of a poor earth, people of dust and light, a street and a wall and a silent man up against the wall. And those stones in the clear upland sun and light standing naked in the river ... forgotten things that...
Seeing the Forest from the Trees
Conservation International, a Washington-based environmental group, is putting the final touches on Brazil's first rain-forest treetop walkway. The 350-foot-long wooden structure, to be opened to public access this June, is located in the fragile...
Steps for a Better World
John Francis III walks around the world -- "planetwalking" he calls it -- to promote environmental consciousness and world peace. By the end of last year, he had walked across most of the Americas, making it as far south as Bolivia. After a six-month...
Weathering Nature's Spoiled Child
When one of the driest deserts in the world burst into bloom last September, residents called it a miracle. Normally, Chile's Atacama Desert maintains a landscape of craters, rocks, and parched ground that resembles the surface of the moon. Some sections...
White Pine Press at 25, Secret Weavers at 10
One of the most exciting developments in U.S. publishing during the past two decades is the emergence of new houses featuring Latin American fiction in English -- either in translation or written by U.S. Hispanics in that language. At a time when many...
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