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Discurso y verdad by Michel Foucault (SigloVeintiuno), 304 pages

This book claims to be the first full account of the French philosopher Michel Foucault’s two famously up-front lectures delivered in Grenoble in his native France in 1982 and at the Berkeley campus of the University of California in 1983, translated into Spanish by Horacio Pons. In these Foucault digs deep into history all the way back to classical texts to challenge sexual, psychological and legal taboos with his inconvenient truths, even at the risk of rejection and reprisal. These lectures date back over three decades with Foucault himself dying of AIDS the year after the Berkeley lecture at the age of 58 and yet the questions and concepts he poses seem surprisingly in line with today’s civic and political concerns. Above all, Foucault was a philosopher — a breed close to extinction amid the technological vortex of this 21st century.



Arte y pensamiento ¿Es el arte un misterio o un ministerio? by Inés Katzenstein and Claudio Iglesias (SigloVeintiuno), 240 pages

Although these writers choose to pose the question of how to define art as “mystery or ministry” (which happily more or less also rhymes in English), a more common way of expressing the same idea in rhyme in English might well be “inspiration or perspiration” — is artistic talent pure creativity or a gradually acquired profession? How do artists strike the balance between experimentation and the established rules? And how do artists make a living in any of these cases? The authors points out that the art world does not only consist of those holding paint-brushes but museum curators, media critics and the dealers both buying and selling, sometimes for huge sums of money in a changing market — this makes the dilemma between the professional and the amateur all the more complex. And you can never rule out the role of the state in Argentina. An important contribution to an interesting debate.




Cómo ser la peor mamá del mundo by Julieta Otero and Azul Lombardía (GRIJALBO), 204 pages

Any woman who is finding motherhood a losing battle is encouraged here to turn defeat into victory by qualifying for the imaginary prize as the world’s worst mum. And how do you achieve that? The authors draw much of their inspiration from the WhatsApps of proud mothers. Things like telling your kid that the crude drawing he or she has painstakingly etched in the kindergarten is the best present you have ever received in your life and then sending it straight to the waste-bin. Or secretly eating all the sweet stuff to celebrate the little one’s birthday ahead of the party. Or feeding them leftovers in the rest of the year. Or deciding you need a break when you’re just back from holiday. Or making threats on which you cannot possibly deliver. Or, at the other extreme, simply allowing your kid to boss you around — that also qualifies for bad parenthood. Whoever said that you cannot argue with motherhood and apple pie?
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