What are Crónicas?
Crónicas have a long history in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, where writers are given newspaper space to write shorter, often more informal pieces, about what they are thinking about in the moment. The pieces are anywhere from 50 - 800 words and are generally more personal, part memoir, reflections, cataloguing, thinking about current events and current works of art, about politics, and on occasion even may include some fiction. I’ve long thought I’d like some monthly or bi-weekly “space” to write Crónicas, and have decided to do them here. They are unpredictable from each to each, and make space for the imperfect, the in-between, ruminations both urgent and whimsical.
In The News: Welcome Children
October 5, 2015
A two-year-old child in a red tee shirt and blue short pants lies with his face half-submerged in the tide on the shore of a beach in Bodrum, Turkey. There is a stark vulnerability evident in the child’s posture, his left hand lies palm facing the sky in the form of supplication. He has drowned. Read More »
In The News: Seeing
September 28, 2015
A half-naked man sits in a chair and his hands are manacled behind him. He is pleading in the video tape. To whom does he appeal? To the five men in full black police attire who, for some reason, also wear what look to me like motorcycle helmets with black lattice guards protecting their faces. Read More »
In The News: To Literature
September 19, 2015
She’d been feeling sad all week and she said it was because of a conflict with her lover or place of employ or caused by reading too many vacuous comments in the newspaper and the proud ignorance and misanthropy of the readers got her down. Read More »