Major Lazer

Summer time and the living’s easy in Rio, where the principle of lazer (“leisure”) dominates workout culture. In other words, “I am working out and I am enjoying it. At the same time.” The scenery doesn’t hurt. Six scenes of lazer (pronounced “lahz-AIR”)  in Rio’s South Zone.   Would you lazer at the beach? Woman in bikini gives the […]

This is a Favela

Favela does not mean “slum,” and contrary to what you might read in ESPN, the entire city of Rio is not big blazing war zone. Favela has no direct translation, but the proper word these days is “community,” and a full third of Rio’s 6 million citizens live in “communities,” probably more if there were […]

Country of the Future

According to this New York Times profile on Viennese writer Stefan Zweig, who moved to Rio shortly before poisoning himself in a suicide pact with his wife, we can thank Zweig for “creating one of most hackneyed phrases ever associated with Brazil: Country of the Future:” Derived from the title of his 1941 book praising […]

on Gringos

Thaddeus Blanchette is a professor of anthropology at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He wrote about gringos for his masters dissertation and in Nossa Senhora da Help, a 2005 paper on Copacabana sex tourism. Blanchette talks about what it means to be called a gringo in  the April 2002 issue of BadSubjects, a […]