Book Review: El Alto

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This Mixtape is a Time Capsule: a book review of Francis Mateo’s El Alto Francis Mateo’s El Alto is a mixtape of sorts, juxtaposing poetry, vignettes, photography, short stories and dialogues in Spanish, English and Spanglish. Call it prose or freeverse, Mateo’s second book captures the ever-changing neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood in New [….]

Little Dominican Republic

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Little Dominican Republic Elected officials, community leaders and activist designated Washington Heights as “Little Dominican Republic.” They took a lot of photos.  “WaHI” Anytime I describe or explain Washington Heights and Inwood, I’m pretending I know what I’m talking about. On the surface this is what Washington Heights and Inwood looks like: Some businesses are [….]

You are probably a Crackhead

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You are probably a Crackhead “Are you a crackhead?” If you are presently in the dating pool or are a serial-monogamist, you might be a crackhead. Before I explain, let’s consider the first lines of these classic novels.  “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed [….]

Fernandito y La Verguenza

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Fernandito y la Verguenza 1. Lo Sagrado y La Vergüenza 2. La canción «Compañera» de Fernandito Villalona siempre me ha encantado por lo obvio; la voz del Mayimbe, la composición y las letras. La voz y la composición funcionan como el sol alumbrando las palabras. Y las palabras, bajo la luz, se oyen claramente haciendo sombras [….]