Showing posts from September, 2009

Emails Home and a Blog Reassessment

I feel very negligent for having posted so little on my blog since coming to college. For half a year now I have written fewer and fewer posts each month. I have decided this needs to change.

If I want this blog to continue fulfilling its purposes - and I do - I am going to have to keep posting, and post more. Since arriving in DC my life has become busy enough that I feel entirely unable to produce posts of the length I'm used to writing, and indeed if I did so that would require time commitments that would further tax my work-filled and sleep-deprived schedule. Instead, I am going to aim for a simple alternative: I will write shorter blog posts.

Less than two hours remain in the month of September as I write this, meaning that this will be only my third post of the month, making it the least-blogged-about time period in my life since the creation of the Publisher. To think! - my first month in college being the time I write least about. It makes sense that I've written so li…

Pride in Porfirio et al.

This is the first essay I have ever written for a college class. It's definitely a piece of work, but I put a lot of work into it, and I am generally well pleased. Enjoy!

Writing addressing the causes of dictatorship in Latin American history may contain many names. These names appear gradually as specific examples of caudillos – dictators – or they come suddenly, listed in droves in a single sentence. Either way, experts on Latin America can summon a plethora of dictatorial examples, bombarding their readers with the names of persons historical. It seems that no single essay on caudillismo could list all its diversely-named incarnations. The question, then, is why these examples are so prevalent.

One writer particularly able to provide reasons for the rise of caudillos (and their names) is Peter H. Smith, author of “Political Legitimacy in Spanish America.” In his book Caudillos: Dictators in Spanish America, Hugh M. Hamill excerpts Smith’s essay, entitling the section “The Sear…

First Post From Georgetown

Much more has happened than I could possibly describe. I arrived in Washington DC the night of Friday, August 28th, and I've been at Georgetown University for eight full days, during three of which I've had class. Today is my second Sunday at GU, and the second on which I have not attended religious services. I did however go to the Student Activites Commission Fair today, and I signed up for information on a variety of different Georgetown organizations. The one that I'm perhaps most excited about is Habitat for Humanity, because I actually do really love construction, and I think it's the best way I've found to do service for others. For the rest of my day I may do reading, laundry, a few things for my classes, and then maybe watch a movie.

College so far has been a mix of many things: overscheduling, complete boredom, disappointment and incredible impressiveness. My class schedule, however, is quite interesting, and there isn't an opposite to fit it either: