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Posted on January 4 at 6:44 p.m.
A great summary after the inense imagery. It has been a pleasure to follow your stories from Rio. I think you are a keen thinker, combining the intimate inside and the look from outside, plus history and expanded context.
Becky it will be a privilege to follow your writing career. I wish you good oppotunities and good luck. Love, R..
On I’m Dreaming of a White Winter
Posted on January 4 at 4:27 p.m.
Fascinating. I loved the contrasting, the diferences. Great story. R.
On Christmas in Brazil
Posted on December 22 at 12:34 a.m.
Terrific picture of family visit, gringos confused, awe struck, lost, vulnerable, dependent, unacquainted with the language, the customs, everything strange but beautiful. They must go home humbled and appreciative. You did good as guide and guard. Aren't they lucky. They got the smartest and best treatment. Great story. R
On The Great Gringo Experience
Posted on December 16 at 8:46 p.m.
You are living in a war zone, aren't you? What do your visitors think about it? Do they seem different to you now that you've been living in Rio for a year?
I have enjoyed your writing enormously, and look forward to reading more of your vivid informative stories, and seeing your photographs which I find very helpful. Bravo. R.
On All Quiet on the Southern Front
Posted on November 30 at 8:58 p.m.
Well written and breathtaking. I stopped breathing. It's my granddaughter in the middle of this conflict, with her keen observations, handy camera, historical context.Marvelous photos. Great personal comments.
On A Thanksgiving of Violence and Suspense
Posted on October 6 at 7:36 p.m.
Question: Where I live the argument goes that we shouldn't make drugs legal because that validates drugs and the population will use drugs widely, as they do alcohol, tobacco and medicinal drugs. Are the residents of Rocinha users? Many? Are there drug dens such as there used to be in Asia to accommodate addicts? To your knowledge are the drugs used recreationally for parties? are they considered harmless?
I am impressed with the overview you present. Thank you. G.R.
On Life Under the Bandidos
Posted on September 23 at 6:06 a.m.
The humor makes this fast paced picture captivating. Imagine me smiling while the shooting is going on; I'm smiling at the internal signals; the coping; the protocol. Now i go back and read older pieces, and enjoy them. This is a marvelous immersion in favela life. Viva Rio. Viva Rebecca Bachman. RFR.
On Notorious Rio Neighborhood on Media Roller Coaster
Posted on May 29 at 4:10 p.m.
"Passionate and ferenzied": good description. Your details of ubiquitous and complicated competitions made me feel the excitement beyond all rational behavior.
Now for the blog story. love, G. R.
On Futbol: The Great Brazilian Obsession
Posted on April 16 at 8:22 p.m.
Terrific. I also thought ze carnival was the parade, as we copy it in Greenwich Village, NYC.for one night. Imagine a city-wide weeks-long festival. Hard to imagine it in NYC, where a parade has a parade-route, a steet fair has a fixed location, even Christo's orange flag arches were confined to Central Park. I think the only times we were engaged all over the city at one time were the electricity black-outs, and even then discreet well-behaved small groups ate dinner on the front steps by the light of a quiet candle. Amazing description. Thank you. GR
On Carnival: Part Two
Posted on April 16 at 8:08 p.m.
Insightful description. The convolution and complexity sound a little like India. Thanks for keeping us posted. Will you learn anything besides culural habits and methods? Clearly you're learning a lot about the world. Bravo. GR
On The Laid-Back University