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6 Feb

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles has the ability of enveloping his reader. He did it once, with Rules of Civility; and he did it again with A Gentleman in Moscow. As I first dived into the latter, it felt slow. Time stops when recounting a captive man’s life; such a task comes at the risk of tedium. But this was no normal prisoner, and no normal exile, Count Rostov, trapped within the grand walls of a 5 star hotel during the years of communist Russia, was a gentleman. With every turn of the page, I was lured deeper into the story, until I found myself a voluntary hostage of the Metropol Hotel: dissecting the collection of specimens that stepped in and out of the...
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1 Ene

Are we performing animals in a circus?

Over the holidays, I read a book that had been on my To Read List for a long time. Out of Africa is a heartfelt portray of life in the continent. I really enjoyed reading it, but I have to say that it left me with a bitter taste towards the end. On the last chapter, the author poses the following realization: "I learned the strange learning that things can happen which we ourselves cannot possibly imagine (...
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10 Mar

Diary of a pseudo-broke girl

There are times in a girl's life, when the shopaholic brat, inside of her, blinds her choices and rules her actions. As a fashion lover, I can't deny it, that part of me, wants to get its way more times than I can recall, but I tend to be very rational about it. Nevertheless, I am still only human. When I opened my latest bank statement it felt like a punch to my gut. It left me panting for air. I was walking on Rebecca Bloomwood's fuchsia furry boots, and it didn't feel good. My eyes scrolled down the stiff paper trying to take in every number. There was no mistake. I could account for every figure on the statement.   I sat down. Breathed slowly. "That's it...
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25 Feb

Auténticos de carne y hueso

  En las últimas semanas, -y hasta que desconecté el setting de notificación-, mi celular no ha parado de vibrar emocionado con avisos de "So & so started a live video. Watch it before it ends!". Aún más, ayer la nueva actualización de Whatsapp, causó revuelo. Ya no basta con una foto de perfil, ahora también tenemos "Whatsapp stories". Está claro: vivimos bajo la tiranía de la imagen. Un reinado despótico que nos ha convertido en seres dependientes y temerosos. En una sociedad que rechaza las adicciones, nos hemos vuelto adictos a la imagen. Con ellas, hemos entablado una relación de amor traicionero. Por un lado, una imagen nos transporta, nos une, nos envuelve; por otro, nos ata, nos engaña, nos esclaviza. Una sociedad insegura El otro día,...
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