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About Neotropica, Design Notes

Paradise, Utopia, Cockaygne. Poem: That Wonderful

Land of Cockaygne.

The People of Neotropica

The Admiral Discovers the Earthly Paradise.

Bartolomé de las Casas' account of Columbus
discovering the breast of paradise. Translated,
with an introduction by, Stephen Duplantier.

Auyan-tepui, the Breast of Paradise. This certainly
looks like the breast of paradise.

The Ethnology of the Pemon. The tribe that inhabited
the territory of the breast of paradise.

The Meditations of Fra Mauro, Maker of Maps.
Excerpts from James Cowan's book on the Venetian

A Collision of Cultures--What Happened on Hispaniola.
A section of Las Casas "Brief Relation…"
describing the horrors of the Spanish
deeds upon the discovery of paradise.

El Paraíso de Pio Viquez. Memoir in Spanish
by Pio Viquez, early Costa Rican journalist and

The Archetypes of Paradise by Stephen Duplantier.
Archetypes and the paradise quest.

An Illustrated Catalog of Paradise Archetypes by
Stephen Duplantier. Essays and images of paradise.

Être Heureux/Being Happy edited and translated
by Ghislaine Yergeau. Selections from psychologist
Christophe André in French with an English

Hertopia--Before Paradise was Necessary by
Ghislaine Yergeau. A report on the archeomythology
of the goddess cultures.

The Utopian Library of Babel by Stephen Duplantier.

500 Years of Utopian Literature "Another World,
and Yet the Same"

The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges. The
classic short story by Borges of an information dystopia.

The Futurist Manifesto by Filippo Marinetti. The
text of the Futurist Manifesto. Futurism was harbinger
of the dystopian disasters of the 20th century.

The Tao of Bamboo by Patricia Spinelli. Bamboo in
thought and life.

A Bamboo Utopia by Jeff Garner. The architectonics
of bamboo.

Temporary Autonomous Zone by Hakim Bey.
The anarchist classic on "pirate utopias" of information
and temporary zones of freedom.

Counternarratives of Postmodern Paradise by Stephen
Duplantier. The new stories of paradise told
after the failed grand meta-narratives of the 20th

Major Figures Failed Grand Metanarratives of the
XXth Century. by Peter Scaevola. Six major figures
of the 20th century are given a détournement (disfiguring),
Francis Bacon-style.

Expats in Wonderland by Patricia Spinelli. A report
on what expats in Costa Rica think about their Central
American paradise. Illustrated with images from
Alice in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky in Spanish.

Undertanding Cultural Differences by Allen Dickinson.
Some key ideas for understanding Latin

The Ladino Mental Environment by Ethelyn Boustrophedon.
More explanations of Latin cultural differences.

A Place of Sumptuous Tranquillity by Ann Mandelbaum.
Discusses the idea of a "paradise prison."

Imperfect Paradise--a poem by Wallace Stevens.

Certain Americans in the Tropics by Carleton
Beals. A reprint of a classic report by the dean of
Latin American journalism of the first half of the
20th century.

A Feather in Paradise by Gene Warneke. A personal
story of finding paradise in Costa Rica.

Two Adams and Two Eves. Classical European

Special Section: Franklin Chang and the Utopian
Quest for Mars.

Quetzalcoatl's Return by Stephen Duplantier.
Franklin Chang and his rocket is compared with
Mesoamerican hero figure Quetzalcoatl.

Flying Dragons. Quetzalcoatl mythology and the
meaning of dragon imagery.

Towards a Postmodern Quetzalcoatl by Stephen
Duplantier. Symbology of Mesoamerican art and

K'inich Janaab' Pakal, the Franklin Chang of 7th
Century Palenque by Stephen Duplantier. How
Pakal, the great Mayan king and Franklin Chang
are similar cultural heroes.

A Temporary Autonomous Zone in Space. Free, at
last, from gravity. Franklin Chang and his fellow
astronauts in zero gravity on the NASA Shuttle.

Space is for Dreamers by Peter Scaevola. The passion
for astronomy and the heavens as a utopian

The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Science fiction is today's utopian literature. Excerpt
of a science fiction novella about Mars.

Mars, Planet of Dreams by Lisa Anello. Memoir of
childhood interest in Mars.

Terraforming Mars by Peter Scaevola. A report on
the serious/scary plan of turning Mars into Earth.

Slouching toward Utopia. NASA image of Chang
on a space walk.