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    • Against the Arrogance of Those Who Read

      Texts to rethink the act of reading

      by Cristian Vázquez

      It seemed to me that the different texts that appear in this book needed each other, and that each one of them knew the exact place it had to occupy, and that its limits fitted in so well with those around it as if they were the pieces of a detailed puzzle. I also feared that this collection might be superfluous and banal. Moreover, is it not even contradictory that under the title Against the 'Arrogance of Those Who Read', the mere notes of a reader are printed? In any case, I like to think of this book as the child of that tension. And of other tensions, such as that between reading and writing. Or the one that asks if there are differences between the writers who read and the readers who write, and if so, what are they? Or the one that seeks the last frontier in the eagerness to express love for books, in order to promote reading, without falling into the trap of becoming a crude propagandist or an obnoxious show-off.

    • Fianchetto

      Chess as one of the fine arts

      by Hugo Vargas

      Hugo Vargas, a great chess fan, offers us a series of chronicles about well-known characters, fans or masters of this sport, science, art? or game. Vargas tells us throughout this singular book titled Fianchetto (chess term for the game in the great diagonal of the bishops) the relationship between chess and great writers or artists like Rousseau, Duchamp, Octavio Paz, Philip Marlowe, Bogart, Kubrick, Jaime Sabines, Lenin, and also chess masters like Kasparov, Fischer, Kramnik... offering us some of the most famous games they played.

    • Tall Tales

      by Alejandra Díaz-Ortiz

      This is a book of very brief, irregular, chaotic stories about relationships, in which "No word is missing or left over, the narrative is measured to the millimeter".

    • Ways of doing nothing

      by María Vela Zanetti

      This indescribable book, Ways of Doing Nothing - the first in prose after eleven in poetry and intense work as a specialised journalist - is nothing more than the reflection of her pleasant readings, her animated conversations with friends and daily observation of the dog spirit: happy and indolent but tenacious in her loves. The countryside, where the author lives and has lived for long periods, is another of her favourite prisons, because as she says: "the countryside does not know who you are". Misanthropy? Black humour? Perhaps, because her strange fantasy places her among the few writers who have given this serious country a smoke.

    • Without justification

      Notes from an editor

      by Tomás Granados

      These pages are somewhat arbitrary notes, casual but with their reasonable dose of information, which express a way of putting the editor's trade into practice. There are about four dozen pieces here about people, readings, debates and practices, such as unwanted but necessary obituaries, reviews of works read and sometimes also published, comments on reading statistics, a chronicle of the long march of the single price in Mexico and an introspective examination of how useless schooling is for those who want to publish other people's books. Without justification, then, it gathers some notes in the margin of someone who reads his profession and its current events as if they were an original that is being prepared for printing.

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