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Theory, Latin America, and the Crisis of Resistance
Series: Just Ideas

side, somehow she is. We keep our pact. I begin two years of glorious illiteracy—a period, I subsequently realize, of which I have almost total recall: for the world around me is my only book. I learn about herbs and herbal medicine, plant myths, river myths, thievery, stories about the guardian demiurges round about. Their life-size sculptures stand at the threshold to each village, facing north, whence come all calamities. Sudalaimadan is the most powerful. He has a high hat like a Christian archbishop, a fierce black moustache, bulging eyes; and he