Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Why Has Literature Ignored Soccer?
June 12, 2014
Baseball has inspired great literature in part because it's seen as a kaleidoscope of the American Dream; soccer, not so much.
His liberator's urge was not a matter of leftism. The urge was literary.
If Don Quixote is considered the first modern novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude might be the last.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: 1927-2014
April 17, 2014
A moving remembrance of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who has passed away.
Isabel Allende and the Decline of Magical Realism
April 23, 2013
Is magic realism an excuse for fuzzy wish-fulfillment?
The Perils of Progress
June 29, 2010
We had just heard a lecture by an exquisitely sensitive, painfully alert poet friend of ours about how we live today. She ranged widely and brilliantly and did not shy away from hazarding, ever so gently, a few doubts about what the Internet was doing to the feel of our daily life. These days, even a few well-considered, measured reservations about digital gadgetry apparently cannot be tolerated, and our poet friend was informed by forward-looking members of the audience that she was fearful of change, nostalgic, in short, reactionary with all its nasty political connotations.
Going to Extremes
September 07, 1987
TODAY CHILE IS careening, quietly and in a carefully planned way, toward the greatest political catastrophe of its history. Within the next year or so, its people will be permitted to decide by plebiscite whether or not to accept a president proposed to them by their ruling military junta.