A Tango Before I Die, Kevin Carrel Footer’s first book, is a collection of writings inspired by tango and Buenos Aires. Originally published in The Buenos Aires Herald newspaper, these pieces explore desire, the longing for connection, the pleasures of solitude and contemplation. Buenos Aires is observed by an eye that is both journalistic and literary and awakening to the mysteries and contradictions of this world.
All of these stories were written quite quickly, mostly on Saturday mornings pushing against the deadline to get them into the paper the next day. Think of them as chronicles of a voyage, entries scribbled in a log book during a long adventure. When there was a break in the action, I would jot down these notes so that if we were shipwrecked there would be some record floating out there in the ocean. — from the preface
This is the first in a series of chapbooks called “Little Epiphanies.” In this edition, the texts are accompanied by the writer’s own photographs.