Upside Down Notebook

Putting the street into the notebook. By Ben Dangl

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Entries from January 2009

The Street’s Borrowed Memory

January 30th, 2009 · No Comments

The street has a borrowed memory. A single string of red lights hovers above a row of stalls wrapped in blue tarps. The sticky, heady mouthful of the smell of raw meat is everywhere. The romance of fried chicken, the ground sticky with the sludge of life
From a hardware store, all lit up, goods spill [...]

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La Paz: Static on the Mountain

January 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

The big yellow #18 bus heaves and sputters up the city. The engine’s vibrations rumble through every seat. Hail bounces, melts as it hits the hood.
Rain pushes garbage down the street, past all the stalls selling so much soap, soap to clean the floor, the clothes, the dishes, the sink, the furniture, the windows. In [...]

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Tamil Edition of The Price of Fire Published in India

January 21st, 2009 · No Comments

Section of Cover from the Tamil Edition of The Price of Fire
The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia, a book I wrote, has been published in Tamil by the New Century Publishing House in Tamil Nadu, India. The publisher contacted me a year ago about translating and publishing the book, and [...]

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Arrival in Bolivia: Fresh Graffiti, Old Political Posters

January 16th, 2009 · No Comments

[Illimani, viewed from La Paz]
Crossing the equator on my way to Bolivia I sit next to a Republican missionary who believes in “end times” and can’t stop talking about it, all the way through the chicken dinner.
In downtown La Paz, a taxi covered with neon lights cruises past, a TV on the street plays a [...]

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