Tag: Puerto Rico

Another Future for Puerto Rico (A Book Review for “The Battle for Paradise”)

Tú sabes, another future is possible. I finished reading Naomi Klein’s book The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists (Shop your local indie store) in a day, a slim volume of just 96 pages brimming with hope and resilience. In September 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged the island killing many, wrecking homes and property, leaving…

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To Libraries, With Love

From time to time [Abdel Kader Haidara] consulted books about Islamic jurisprudence, the fikh, in his own collection when confronted with thorny problems in his marriage and his work. But religion did not play a major role in his life. What drove him most was a belief in the power of the written word —…

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Back from the Borinquen 

I spent a few good days in Puerto Rico last week, where I got a chance to slow down, soak up the sun, wade in warm waters. The trip was nourishing on many levels. Being (and wanting to be) a stranger in a different place does something to the self: it temporarily frees you up…

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