Venezuela again

An excellent review of the strengths and shortcomings of Hugo Chávez's charismatic leadership appears in the March 10 issue of The Nation: Chávez's Fix, by Daniel Wilkinson.

I'll have something to say about the intense and nasty electoral campaign in Spain shortly. I was in Madrid the past two weeks, where I didn't have easy (home) access to the Internet and also had a touch of fever, which seemed to me to be two good excuses to miss last week's blog deadline. Instead, I spent what writing energy I could summon on my personal priority, the novel on a great historical conflict that I'm anxious to complete.