Buika: Sad Songs Are “Weapons of Mass Construction”

During this interview with Spanish singer Buika, I asked her a question I had always wanted to make to an artist able to convey the pain her music sometimes brings: if she carried that feeling with her all the time, and if she had to experience those feelings before expressing them. That was the beginning of a surprising conversation on the connection between art and pain.


The Tectonic Plates of Hispanic New York

Columbia professor Claudio Iván Remeseira recently published Hispanic New York, an impressive anthology of academic papers that try to define what it means to be Latino in New York City (a place formed by the “tectonic plates” of different Latino communities), and the role the city has had for Hispanic culture everywhere. In this interview for Contraportada, he asserts that New York is nothing less than the capital of the Hispanic world. [Watch]