The WASP and El Curandero:
Culture Clash, the War Between the Sexes, my Individuation Process, and my Creative Nonfiction
I flopped out of WASPhood straight into a Magical World View–an anthropological term that perfectly describes Mexican Folk Culture where witches, demons, and spirits are constant companions.
Talk about Culture Shock! Like flopping into another fishbowl filled with ice cubes. Lose your breath. Disoriented. Goosebumps. But I had a couple of tools of transcendence with me at the time to help me navigate uncharted seas, uncharted at least to a middle-aged homeroom mother who doesn’t speak Spanish.
Well, wait. Let’s talk more positively about the humor that can be twisted out of Culture Clash between any two fish bowls. Just a spoonful of sugar helps the Individuation go down. Humor is a trail blazer.
2 1/2 years of journaling my research with Alberto, plus 3 years of hiding the journals from my family’s eyes, plus 10 years of bravely submitting ten pages/week to the writing group–and there you have it.
The WASP and El Curandero
by Katherine Brittain
(coming to bookstores soon)