The Ride

Around midnight I am sitting in a deserted common room.  In front of me I see a chess board with the troops lined up for battle, and behind it four equal stacks of contraband video discs under the TV table.  To the right is the house phone, sitting atop two phone books on a wooden … Continue reading

15 soles

Definitely on the same page as Mr Blattman: I don’t like reading papers describing “contrived lab experiments”.  This somewhat validates my having taken a class focusing on group theory. Here in Trujillo we gringos are a bargaining bunch.  You wave down a taxi, which screeches to a halt at your feet.  They tell you it’s … Continue reading


Even if you feel certainty, it is an emotion and not a fact. — Father Brendan Flynn, Doubt Two weeks have already passed here, and I am again cowed by the brutal efficiency of the operation of time.  This is a psychological reality which was first born when “the clocks struck thirteen” on the opening … Continue reading

Awake in Jorge Chavez

SOME TIME HAS passed since I last added anything substantial to this hodgepodge collection, and for good reason–my life in the good ol’ corn belt was blissfully static.  In the morning the sun would rise over rows of corn and the beige east walls of houses side by side in the quiet suburbs.  A handful … Continue reading