Language & Culture Magazine
Health Commentary 01.17.2014
The Beckham Health Factor
Beyond the hype and the politics, one concrete benefit Miami gets from David Beckham’s soccer team coming to Miami: enthusiasm for physical activity. Not a small feat, considering risk factors for heart disease like obesity and type 2 diabetes are now threatening children and teenagers. More Miami Herald.
Reading a novel boosts your brain function
The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory. More at London's The Independent
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Books/Outstanding for 2013
At Night We Walk in Circles.
A new voice. “Are you a politician?
I hate politicians, he said. And, in any case, there's no such thing anymore: only sycophants and dissidents.”
Report from the Interior
The voice of experience. "And that's why books are never going to die. It's impossible. It's the only time we really go into the mind of a stranger, and we find our common humanity doing this. So the book doesn't only belong to the writer, it belongs to the readers as well, and then together you make it what it is" Review NYT
That's How You Lose Her.
An electrifying voice. "A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway."
Culture Notes 12.10.2013
UN:VEILED Avant Gallery
The newest art space in Downtown, Avant Gallery showcases an evolving collection, ranging from contemporary art, limited edition photography, investment-quality furniture accent and design pieces, lighting, sculpture, wall decor, other unique collectibles.
Eye to Eye / CU-1 Gallery
CU-1 Gallery adds a touch of class to Downtown Miami. Perhaps the best contemporary photo gallery in the area. Located in the iconic Securities Building, an architectural gem dating back to the 1920s. At the time it was considered Miami's most lavish and elegant structure, and now, restored to the original splendor, lodges CU-1 Gallery, a jewel within a jewel. More.
Perez Art Museum Miami / PAMM
Downtown Miami has much to celebrate with the inauguration of the new museum of art, which, according to critics, represents the future of museums. Visit its website for schedules and further information.
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On Language 12.17.2013
Word of the Year
Oxford Dictionary chose the word “selfie.” Graphic representation, as Spanish Prince Felipe visited Fusión TV Station in Miami.
But, “The selfie makes us accustomed to putting ourselves and those around us ‘on pause’ in order to document our lives," writes Sherry Turkle in Opinion “When you get accustomed to a life of stops and starts, you get less accustomed to reflecting on where you are and what you are thinking.” NYT.
Spanish Bad Words. Coño. Interjection, very Caribbean, and hip, versatile, urban. Coño, mi amor, estás irresistible, is a compliment for both men and women. More.
Who Speaks Spanish Best? Are we talking about purity or market share? Going by the latter, standard Spanish, the neutral soap-opera variety is superior. More.
Socializing and Other Indiscretions.
Hemmingway got away with three Spanish phrases: 1. Una cerveza. 2. Dame un beso, “give me a kiss.” 3. Llama a mi abogado, “call my lawyer.” More.
Los Libros del 2013 12.27.2013
Viva Florida 500
Un galeón español atracó en el puerto de Bayside,a escasos metros del punto de confluencia de la bahía y el Río Miami, donde Ponce de León descubrió hace 500 años lo que los historiadores creen fue la capital de los Tequesta. Los Tequesta poblaron el área de Miami por dos mil años. El primer registro escrito del área de Miami lo hace Ponce de León en el diario del viaje, llamándola Chequesta. Mas.
¿Son España, América Latina y Estados Unidos Hispano, parafraseando a Oscar Wilde, mundos separados por un mismo idioma? Mas.
El protagonista de Back to Blood es el joven policía cubano-americano Camacho. Además de idealista y ambicioso, Camacho tiene cuerpo escultural, y no es el único en Miami. Mas.
Down Town Miami Renaissance Downtown Miami—a city within a city—is the new place of choice for CEOs, international entrepreneurs, star chefs and artists. People who can live anywhere are calling Downtown home. More
Bilingualism’s False Friends An aggressive businesswoman does not translate to ejecutiva agresiva More
Is Spanish Sexist? Zorro, a vindicador, a justicie-fighter, a super hero, Antonio Banderas. Zorra: whore. More.
Pronouns Predict Dating Success. NPR.
Learning a Foreign Language: Smart Apps. NYT.
Why Bilinguals Are Smarter NYT.