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By Michael Taussig

Beauty and the Beast begins with the query: Is good looks destined to finish in tragedy? Drawing on broad fieldwork in Colombia, Michael Taussig scrutinizes the fearful, audacious, and occasionally harmful makes an attempt humans make to rework their our bodies via plastic surgery and liposuction. He balances an exam of surgical procedures intended to augment an individual’s good looks with a frequently forgotten counterpart, surgical procedures performed—often on excessive profile criminals—to cover one’s id. Situating this globally shared phenomenon in the financial, cultural, and political historical past of Colombia, Taussig hyperlinks the country’s lengthy civil battle and its physically mutilation and torture to the wonder at huge, sketching Colombia as a rustic whose excessive aesthetic stakes make it a level the place probably the most vital and problematical principles in regards to the physique are performed out.

Central to Taussig’s exam is George Bataille’s thought of depense, or “wasting.” whereas depense is frequently used as a critique, Taussig additionally seems on the exuberance such squandering creates and its place as a riding fiscal strength. Depense, he argues, is exactly what those approaches are all approximately, and the beast at the different part of good looks shouldn't be pushed aside as basic recompense. instantly theoretical and colloquial, public and intimate, Beauty and the Beast is a true-to-place ethnography—written in Taussig’s trademark voice—that tells a thickly layered yet regularly obtainable tale in regards to the lengths to which individuals will visit be bodily remade.

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Then we must pay the income tax at the beginning of the year, depending on how much profit we made after the state expenses," Martina complained. "It's getting to the point that you can't even operate anymore. And now in January of 2001, they're going to raise the monthly license fee another $50. Fidel just announced it on TV this Cuba's Stable Instability week. " In 1993, when the casa -particular phenomena was born, Cuba had a total of 34,000 hotel rooms, up from the 12,000 available when the tourism program was recast in 1991.

I have some photos," he said, disappearing behind a curtain and returning with a plastic bag full of black-and-white snapshots from the 1960s and '70s. After digging through the bag, he drew out two or three. " he said, handing me the photos. "Those were the days. This is me with my pals in Playas del Este when we graduated from the military service. This is my old car, a 1953 Ford station wagon that my papa gave me. I ended up selling it in 1995 because we needed the money. And look at my tent.

Losing some 80 percent of its annual umbilical cord by 1991, the island took a nosedive into what some still consider the worst economic depression in the Americas. While the government hit the ground running, there was really no substantial Plan B to turn to should an economic catastrophe like this occur. " In a mad scramble, Castro ordered every specialist to brainstorm and every boss to begin cutting back all superfluous industrial expenses across the island. Tobacco, citrus, and rum were minor exports in Cuba's 25 26 This is C U B A economy that could be modified only slightly for greater yields and gains.

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