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By Mary Catherine Gordon

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Where do you live? the reply to this probably easy query will be extra complex than you'd think.

Drawing on own event, Mary Gordon examines a variety of kinds of abode-from her formative years condominium in a ways Rockaway to residences in Palo Alto, Rome, and the higher West Side-as good because the very thought of “home" and the way it has developed over the years. wealthy in insightful observations from writers and thinkers as varied as Gaston Bachelard, Le Corbusier, Emerson, Colette, and Edith Wharton, At domestic skillfully provokes us to probe our personal strategies approximately what “home" really ability to every people. Notions of protection, morality, cleanliness, convenience, and the altering nature of the kinfolk are only many of the shades Gordon makes use of to color an exciting portrait of a spot all of us suggestion we knew.

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6 An in-depth reflection would lie beyond the scope of this book, but a few points should be addressed here. indd 15 9/16/11 3:03:36 PM Urban Chroniclers in Modern Latin America | 16 changes that accompanied modernity provoked in them a deep malaise. 7 In the particular case of the modernistas, this unease reflected that modernity was an ambitious project more than an attainable reality, and that it often heightened existing inequalities not only within Latin America but also between Latin America and metropolitan centers such as Paris and New York.

New technologies responded to the city’s expansion. 10 As a result of the country’s solid economic growth, more people began to participate in diverse aspects of the urban economy. New restaurants and cafés were opening, as were theaters, cabarets, and cinemas. Leisure sports, such as soccer, boxing, and golf, were also becoming increasingly fashionable among a population interested in keeping up with European and North American trends. Another sign of change in Buenos Aires came with the multiplication of newspapers and magazines published on a broad scale.

He or she must be willing to comment on the unexpected with originality and speed. This vulnerability extends to the contested space of the chronicle in cultural production. As Brazilian critic Antonio Cândido has noted, the chronicle “fica perto de nos”; it remains close to us, its readers (A crônica, 13). Near the streets and daily life, the chronicle remains open to philosophical and political discourses, serving as a liaison between erudite ideas and a diverse public when it isn’t simply aiming to amuse.

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