More “Coisas de Novela”

everal weeks ago I posted about the ubiquity of the term “coisa de novela” (literal translation: “it’s something from a soap opera.”), a great expression that Brazilians use whenever they hear a story that seems too over-the-top to be true. In that post, I went on to talk about an outlandishly scripted tale involving passion […]

The (Brazilian) Beat Goes On

fell in love with Brazilian music began before I ever set foot in Brazil. Indeed, I remember with great sharpness my first formal “introduction” to Brazilian music (I’m not including elevator versions of “The Girl from Ipanema”). I was in my early 20s and living in Paris and had just fallen in love with a […]

Shopping in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is a great place for all your shopping needs, whether you’re looking for fine art, jewelry, shoes, or perishable souvenirs like Dominican rum, cigars, or coffee.

Introducing Dzi Croquettes

Over the last decade, Brazil’s small but robust film segment has created a culturally significant and surprisingly profitable niche by churning out a number of full-feature documentaries that rescue and pay homage to some of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. Dzi Croquettes is a film that not only captures the talent of the group, but also shines a revealing light upon a complex moment in Brazilian history.