Archive for the ‘About Deep Brazil’ Category


I need your feedback

March 1, 2010

In the next few weeks, I intend to change several features of this blog. It will be moving from to a self hosted version. I hope it will gain flexibility – wider columns, space for more content and, maybe, some ads.

I am not a computer wizard, so this process might be painful. Please, be patient. I believe I will be back to regular business soon.

I am also looking for ways to make the design friendlier and more pleasant. I would really appreciate if you could give me your feedback on these topics:

  • Do you like the look of the website? Too many/few photos?
  • Is it easy to read? Would you prefer a different font/letter size?
  • Can you figure where the links are (or maybe they are too discreet)?
  • Would you like to have more/less blank spaces?

Thanks! I hope you will enjoy the new look of Deep Brazil.


Thanks, Puerto Rico!

February 14, 2010

Today, a little over three months after launching Deep Brazil, I had a visitor from Puerto Rico – the hundredth country to pay a visit. Thanks, whoever you are! And thanks to all of you, silent or noisy guests. I hope to keep helping and entertaining all of you in the future.


Deep Brazil on Ezra Klein’s blog on the Washington Post

November 18, 2009

Not so bad!  I began to post only 11 days ago. Thanks, Ezra.


Deep Brazil at Tea and Food blog

November 17, 2009

Isn’t it cool? Tea and Food, a great food blog discreetly focused on ethics and sustainability published my post on Brazilian dishes. Thanks, Aaron!


Exotic, Erotic, Chaotic

November 7, 2009

Consolacao Sampa Eno Medeiros adaptado

“Nation of the future”. “Sex paradise”. “Wonderland of pickpockets”. “The emerging economy that grows in the rhythm of samba”.

Stop right there. There is more in Brazil than meets the eye.

Thank God, it is exotic, erotic and chaotic – to borrow an expression used by Dean Graber to describe how the international press sees the country. He is a brazilianist from Austin, Texas, that I met briefly years ago. But these beaten clichés are getting old.  As a journalist I am well aware of the use of mental frames to make communication easier. To some extent, clichés help us understand the world. This doesn’t mean we should buy them without questioning.

Naturally, if you cannot read Portuguese, you have limited options to escape the beaten paths.  That’s why I came up with the idea of launching the Deep Brazil blog. This will be a space to cover interesting aspects of Brazilian Visual Arts, Architecture, Media, Music, Cuisine, Fashion, Folklore – but not your average “culture for export”. I also intend to give a panorama of Politics, Economy, social issues and other themes that are often covered hastily by the foreign press. No hurt feelings, fellow journalists. I know it is hard to evade clichés when you have to write three stories a day. Plus, let’s face it. Brazil is not so easy to understand. Most of the time, I don’t get it, myself.

So, whoever is listening, welcome to Deep Brazil. Please, visit often, leave suggestions of new topics and spread the word.