Three Notes on World AIDS Day

Three Notes on World AIDS Day

As I wrote a couple weeks ago in an email to the Rising Voices mailing list, I have mixed feelings about World AIDS Day. On the one hand, it can help create the illusion that we only need to think about AIDS one day out of the year and then somehow everything will get...
[Review] The Conservationist

[Review] The Conservationist

This is the kind of book that college professors love to assign to their undergrads. Similar to Carlos Fuentes’ The Death of Artemio Cruz, in which Artemio’s life and death serve as metaphors for the historic arc of the Mexican Revolution and the corrupt...

Thank You K-CAP

And you thought I was just throwing out complements when I said the kids at Kwa Mashu are amazing. Check it: It is always so hard for me to say goodbye to any of the Rising Voices groups, but it was especially hard to say goodbye at Kwa Mashu. They are so creative and...
Social Capital in South Africa

Social Capital in South Africa

In 2000 sociologist Robert Putnam published Bowling Alone. No, I haven’t read it yet, but the title sums up his central observation: across the United States league bowling is on the decline. Putnam is concerned by this because it is representative of the...
I Had a Secret Meeting in the Basement of my Brain

I Had a Secret Meeting in the Basement of my Brain

This past week in an email exchange with another blogger I was reminded just how shitty it is to be a moral relativist. To really believe, deep down in your bones, that there is no absolute meaning in anything. Abogado (back when he actually wrote on this weblog) laid...