The country inspires thoughts of exotic realms, contorted politics, and beguiling women, not to mention the standard fare of Machu Picchu, the Andes mountains and the Amazon rainforest. It defies easy labeling by outside observers and more than a few Peruvians. It is also where I lived and worked a large share of my adult life and where my wife, daughter and son were born. The landscape, the people, the politics, the culture shaped our beings, our dreams. For me, Peru is not just an interesting case study, but a defining experience.
I bring together some of my writing about Peru and also point to some other Web material that make the country a little more comprehensible. I call this site Peruvian Graffiti because I never envisioned it as a formal portrait of the country and my understanding of it—rather, it's an impressionistic drawing made on a public canvas. I wrote a weekly political commentary and I always wanted to use that name for the column.
Since I left Peru for the last time in 1996, Peru continued in upheaval, even after President Alberto Fujimori's resignation and the incoming government of Alejandro Toledo. My Peruvian politics resource includes the past of political violence, human rights abuses and Sendero Luminoso guerrillas. And in a stroke of "deja vu all over again," Alan Garica returned to the Casa de Pizarro. Now the Peruvians have elected the first "left wing" president, Ollanta Humala. On the bright side, it bucked a couple of lost decades of development and now has one of the strongest economies in the Americas.
However, I have not visited in Peru since 2003, 10 years now, and I have lost my bearings in the maze of Peruvian politics and culture. That's why I have stopped commenting on my Peruvian blog, La Esquina del Movimiento.
Writing is the process that has defined me and how I relate to the world around me. News reporting, essays, poetry and translations were how I started out. Now it's concentrating on the web as the medium. See the writing section for other examples of my writing. For that matter, look throughout this site.
I am in the process of starting a new publishing venture that will assist Peruvian literary magazine test the waters as an electronic publicaiton.
I have another site Prana Journal — it's mainly a weblog about yoga, meditation, mindulness, spirituality and other matters of the heart/mind/body. It's all about residing in and fulfilling the potential of the moment.
It's become my main writing outlet as I record my learning experience with yoga.