He waged a war armed with the most lethal of weapons.

Cuba may awake in the eyes of the casual visitor as an outmoded yet intriguing salmagundi of mismatches. Shortly before the alligator-wrought Caribbean paradise got sandwiched as a Cold War offshoot, it had served as a swa...

The growing shortage of moral courage that irked Miguel de Unamuno may explain the crises at university campuses today.

Those professors Miguel de Unamuno (1846-1936) scorned as waterwheel-horses were neither new to him. “Their masters make them well up water, and they obey,...

José Martí’s admiration for Louisa May Alcott also points to America’s originality in literature and the thirst to read for wholehearted answers.

Shortly after the death of the American novelist Louisa May Alcott in 1888, José Martí celebrated her achievements in a chronicle...

A practical sense of beauty led José Martí to render royal attention to the literature

he wrote for children.

In Latin America, José Martí (1853-1895) was the first to raise children’s literature to a genre of rank. When in 1889 he single-handily wrote the now classic four mo...

The late thinker sought to modernize the subcontinent by prefiguring a new breed

of literary expression.

Contending scholars have for long made peace over the fact that Eugenio María de Hostos (1839-1903) led the quest for an authentic modernization of Latin America. In 1938,...

Eatonville commemorates its most celebrated child, whose life and casting of the Black American heritage continues to ascend.

It takes a few minutes to drive along Eatonville’s main and partly cobbled strip, start to end. From mid-morning to dusk, the small historic town sops...

The photogenic deity of guerrilla warfare also aimed to jumpstart a quieter revolution in Latin America, one based on the study of philosophy.

The portrait snapshot Alberto Korda captured by chance under a hazy sky early in March 1960 figures as one of the multiple ironies th...

Brooklyn-born Diaspora poet Frank Varela circumvents the modernity hype by pioneering instead a voice that abolishes time.

Frank Varela (b. 1949) has penned three books of poetry, Serpent Underfoot (1993), Bitter Coffee (2001), and Caleb’s Exile (2009), each consistent in the...

Balzac’s approach in the depiction of his female characters sharpened the quest for human dignity.

The nocturnal and caffeinated fury in which Honoré de Balzac (1799-1859) composed almost one hundred novels did not stop him from enjoying in detail the portraiture of his women...

Music resonates from the young Amundsen kinfolks as if Traditional America had them genetically programmed from her most exquisite saps. What a brew!

The beautiful, oft-barefooted Gailanne—a snatching from a Renaissance painting—, and Roger—whose devoted countenance recalls t...

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By Egberto Almenas, PhD

Writer, artist, former tenured research professor.

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