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Tangotourist in Berlin, Summer 2014


I had  a coffee yesterday.  Probably should have done that a week ago.  I feel almost normal today.

So I’ve  made a big decision  which is to bail on the Zurich marathon (well-informed people tell me it will be similar to Dresden) and Italy and stay here in Berlin for another month.  Implementation was easy.  A friend needs a rabbit-sitter.  I bought a month subte pass.  I feel relaxed.  But I don’t know if I can keep up with the ice cream.  I’ve had two today and it’s pretty much surfeit.

Spent a few hours struggling with wordpress,  where I am experiencing  “the white screen of death” after administration login.  I seem to be able to blog from my fab new phone,  but I can’t get in from the computer to fix stuff up.  Apologies for the too large photos I can’t fix at the moment.  Fortunately I can fix up the phone’s hyperactive typos.  I feel that it really wants to play surrealist poetry games with me,  but I’m not a very good sport about it.

Last night at Milonga Nou Boris was enjoying the alt.music so much that he danced right into a table.  We picked up the bits and pieces of beer bottle and finished the tanda.  Later he learned that a pair of eyeglasses left resting on the table had broken in the fall. “When I do something I make sure to do a good job”  says Boris.


Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

What I do in my blog is use myself as a lens – sometimes a microscope, sometimes a telescope. I try to be as honest with myself and you as words concede. Then I try to find a deeper meaning and imagine a pathway for us.

A blog post can be a fragment, a wisp of inspiration, an outline for thinking. A book must complete and reconcile it all. Now I drag the social scientist to the scene to enumerate the facts of the case, the mystery which brought both stardom and tragedy to my life.

I invite you to join my resolution to take a look at the dark silences of Argentine Tango in our lives. It’s time.


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