Death, duende and dance

When asked about their tendency to write for women, Federico García Lorca and Pedro Almodóvar both stated as a key consideration the superiority, in their view, of Spanish actresses over their male counterparts. Lorca’s theatrical breakthrough came with Mariana Pineda, a mythical rewriting of the life of the wealthy eponymous martyr (1804-31) from his native … Read more

Spy Versus Sly: On Jefferson Morley’s “Scorpions’ Dance”

JULY 19, 2022 ON DECEMBER 22, 1963, one month after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, former president Harry Truman published an op-ed in The Washington Post that ratted the Central Intelligence Agency. “I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak-and-dagger operations,” … Read more