• A powerful and kind mirror

    A few hours ago, my much-admired friend Margaret Sayers-Peden, or Petch, one of the great Spanish to English translators, died. She never got to read this letter....

  • Above the clouds the world remains undisturbed

    When I can return to the sea, to my mountains, to my cloud forests, I hope I will be able to feel that same amazement....

  • Nostalgia and Utopia

    My utopia has become simpler... I now have nostalgia of the loves that will come, of the trips I have not yet taken, of health as power and capacity. Saudade of the future skin, of the perfect utopia of dialogue and learning, of the music that saves and lifts us up, of being free from fear. ...

  • Without memory there can be no identity

    Speech by Pablo Corral Vega, Secretary of Culture, on the Day of Interculturality. I maintain that identity is built around three great forces: memory, intimacy and the encounter with others....

  • We speak to connect with one another

    Speech at the 2018 Quito Book Fair and portraits of Haruki Murakami during the event. We speak to connect with one another, language is the mirror in which we discover ourselves. ...

  • Election of Miss Rurality

    Speech during the election of the queen of rurality in Calacalí. It was especially difficult to write this text because I am opposed to beauty pageants but I consider it important to respect the traditions of rurality....

  • Intimacy is political

    Speech at the opening of the exhibition of the same name. When we allow ourselves to observe the political dimension of intimacy we are forced to be defenders at all costs of tenderness, of consent. ...

  • Cultures do not dialogue, people dialogue

    Speech for the day of multiculturalism. Indians do not dialogue with mestizos, nor do blacks dialogue with whites. It is human beings who dialogue...

  • Photography as language

    Professional photographers have lost the exclusivity of photographic language. Billions of people can now take high quality photos and also share them, that is, use them beyond the private sphere....

  • Remembering Harvard

    In the summer, one sheds all extra clothing, casting off one’s belongings to the point of near-nakedness. Without memory. Without dreams. Without knowledge. ...

  • Gabo is not dead

    I've heard a terrible rumor. They're saying that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is dead. Who could think up such a hoax? To say that Gabo is dead is the same as saying that Aureliano Buendía never existed....

  • I don’t wish you happiness

    Happiness is a glass of fresh water on a hot day, the breeze on your skin, the evening light that kisses everything with its honey. ...

  • Luigi Stornaiolo

    The great master Luigi Stornaiolo, one of the most important plastic artists of Ecuador, has fun while painting a picture in the Seseribó Salsoteca in Quito....

  • This is my Tango

    This is the text I wrote in October 2012 as an introduction to the book Tango, published by Dinediciones. It is a postcard taken halfway through, from a project that has taken me decades....

  • Eros

    Nothing as important as love. Nothing that touches us so intimately. Nothing that expresses more fully the desolation of solitude, the abyss, doubt....

  • The Andes

    When you climb up to those peaks, far off in the distance you see mountains that are even higher yet — mountains surrounded by dark forests, terrible and mysterious mountains impossible to climb. ...

  • Introduction to the book ’25’

    When we press the shutter, we are saying Here I am; This moment matters, I matter; These are the people I love; I wish this moment would last. ...

  • Balcony of the Clouds

    That is how we live in the Andes, always between two worlds, standing in icy cold and intuiting heat, immersed in a harsh and contradictory reality. ...

  • Questions without an answer

    How does the last orange taste? What becomes of an island that knows no poetry? How much is a tear worth in the desert? ...

  • From Patagonia to the Caribbean

    South America is a continent of geographic extremes. There we find the largest tropical rain forest on the planet and the driest desert, and on its west an entire coastline, from Patagonia to the shores of the Caribbean, is dominated by the Andes....