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Last night (this was written on May 24, 2010) I shared a few beers with former gradeschool schoolmates. (Beers are not frequent for me.) There were three of us, actually; we listened to DVDs of La Renga and Led Zeppelin, caught up to recent events like which of the girls had become a mother, discussed ancient events like where was it that the Kid Olympics were held on the 1990s. But on my mind lingers the presence of a book that I had not seen in a long time and had forgotten. It’s called “Ellos también cuentan” (‘They Also Tell/Count’) and most of my schoolmates have one of them, but I don’t. (Kinda like when just a couple guys on the classroom don’t order the class uniform when they go on the final course trip.) It’s an anthology of short stories, poems, books, jokes and sometimes simply phrases submitted by 6-14 year old students from three different La Plata schools, including mine. (Are there more volumes from the same year, featuring more schools from the city?) I wish I had submitted something; I guess I skipped school that day? (More probably I begun a short story and just didn’t finish it.)

So, I brought a list of the then-young authors whose works interested me. I’m eager to type their names up in Facebook and see what shows up. Meanwhile I’ll put up my impressions here. I was 12 at the time of this book, so that means it’s been a bit over ten years since the time of publishing. I wonder if some of them have become writers by now?

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THREE O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING AND I’M SHELTERING FROM THE RAIN BESIDES A KIOSK, I write on my notebook, IN BÉCCAR. IN BÉCCAR, I repeat: “LA PLATA” IS WHERE I LIVE. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME IN BECCAR.

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  • Emmanuel Rios Pacheco: 4 años después. Si jajaja soy de la plata, ya estoy entrando en tu blog. Saludos!
  • santiveron: :D thanks a lot emmanuel! you certainly made my day. by the way, have you checked my blog in spanish? asociacioneslicitas.wordpress.com porque supon
  • Emmanuel Rios Pacheco: I haven't seen that book in ages! You brought back some very pleasent memories, neither Marcos nor I thought that story will made it into the book, ba

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