Does anyone want to dive into the Caracas Chronicles lore? Because I have just the thing.

Our José González published a great piece at Viceversa Magazine where he interviews, guess who:

Francisco Toro. Caracas Chronicles’ creator.

The whole thing feels like having Quico over for a coffee. They talk about the beginning of CC, and how it grew to become what it is right now:

“I set it up in five minutes, without thinking too much, on a Saturday afternoon. I wrote something, forgot about it, weeks later I wrote something else, y así. I never meant it to be something serious. It was a hobby that consumed my life.”

So this was all an afterthought?

Does anyone want to dive into the Caracas Chronicles lore?

When I found about CC, it was already big; when I got in, they were looking for different voices from around the country (we still are, send pitches, people!), already with a team of editors and even a style guide of sorts.

I’d say it’s even bigger today. We’re stuck at this bloody dictatorship, we’re in a humanitarian disaster and international reporters can’t (or refuse to) come to Venezuela. We are blogging the shit out this.

Maxmordon, take it away:

“Venezuela suffers. And those Venezuelans working at keeping tabs on everything their country lives, suffer with her. It’s a constant and hard labor, sometimes ungrateful, but at the same time an act of solidarity in the face of pain, a responsibility with truth as driving force to improve the world.”

It’s a cool piece. I don’t say it just because I know José and Quico and write in the site they are talking about. Ok, maybe it’s a little bit of that, but it is a great article.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. From an after-thought to the single most-important news source chronicling the biggest economic/humanitarian disaster in modern Latin American history–not bad, for an epitaph.

    • But with a definite socialist bent.

      CC has been more about promoting THEIR version of socialism as the answer.

      Unwilling, and afraid, to promote pure capitalism.

      • You do have a point, Ira. But remember, they are mostly millennials educated in a campus culture that shouts down and physically attacks any speaker who doesn’t toe the socialist line. So maybe we should give them a break for coming as far as they have.

        • “So maybe we should give them a break…”

          No, we should shout-down marxisists at every opportunity and oppose the marxist establishment all the more strongly.

    • Totally disagree. CC went irrelevant long time ago.

      It’s the natural progession of things but Quico’s ideological spectrum does not endear him in current climate and crowd

  2. “We’re stuck at this bloody dictatorship, we’re in a humanitarian disaster and international reporters can’t (or refuse to) come to Venezuela. We are blogging the shit out this.” This statement leads directly to the conclusion that all of the shit blogging heroes are in Venezuela. None are nestled in the protective arms of capitalism and judging all matters Venezuelan from afar. The creator of CC wouldn’t stoop to stoop to Stolen Valor, or would he?

  3. If we gotta be honest here, CC on its own offerings is pretty fucking weak, except for Naky.

    It’s the comments sections where the helpful truths come out.

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