May 16, 2009
TV Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations. On the whole,tropes are not clichés. The word clichéd means "stereotyped and trite". In other words, dull and uninteresting. We are not looking for dull and uninteresting entries. We are here to recognize tropes and play with them, not to make fun of them...
March 10, 2008
A Billboard in Aracataca
It reads: "I feel like an American from whatever country, but I have never renounced the nostalgia of my homeland: Aracataca, to which I returned one day and discovered that between the reality and the nostalgia was the primary material for my work".
February 27, 2008
A state of mind
Love in the Time of Cholera (with Javier Bardem as Florentino Ariza)
The NY Times review
A Huge Depository of Links About Gabriel Garcia Marquez Here
August 31, 2007
"I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."
(Quote above from Futility Closet)
A Huge Depository of Links About Borges & Marquez Here
March 11, 2007
Aracataca celebrating Márquez’s 80th birthday
Long gone are the expatriate managers of the United Fruit Company, which made Aracataca into a thriving company town in Colombia’s banana-growing region in the early 20th century. Gone, too, are the Gypsies who would pitch their tents on the edge of town to sell contraptions like telescopes and false teeth. Márquez’s 80th birthday
"mariposas amarillas Mauricio Babilonia,
mariposas amarillas que vuelan liberadas..."
Listen to Oscar Chavez sings Macondo
I’m re-reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, maybe for the 12th time. I've read it in Hebrew, in English & in Danish. Here is Buendía’s family genealogy chart from wikipedia
February 03, 2007
Forty years of Cien años de soledad
Excerpts from two of the six Norton Lectures that Jorge Luis Borges delivered at Harvard University in the fall of 1967 and spring of 1968. The recordings of these six lectures, only lately discovered in the Harvard University Archives
Re-post: Fantastic Zoology A graphical interpretation of Borges "Book of Imaginary Beings"
Christopher Hitchens’s Postcard From Macondo: How to commemorate the 40th anniversary of a century? Well, García Márquez himself is now 79, so a competition is being announced to find the 39 best young writers in Spanish America, the results perhaps to be announced before old "Gabo" himself turns 80.
So, what is your absolute favorite book?
October 04, 2006
List of animals
Marquez hometown rejects name change:
ARACATACA, Colombia — Life did not imitate art when this town where Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born and first heard the ghost stories that would inform the "magical realism" of his novels, rejected a proposal to change its name to honor him. Fewer than the required 7,400 voters showed up for a referendum, which had been pushed by the local government to rename the community as Aracataca-Macondo
Analytical Language of John Wilkins, Jorge Luis Borges describes "a certain Chinese encyclopedia," the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, in which it is written that animals are divided into:
1. those that belong to the Emperor,
2. embalmed ones,
3. those that are trained,
4. suckling pigs,
6. fabulous ones,
7. stray dogs,
8. those included in the present classification,
9. those that tremble as if they were mad,
10. innumerable ones,
11. those drawn with a very fine camelhair brush,
13. those that have just broken a flower vase,
14. those that from a long way off look like flies.
February 24, 2006
A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings
On the third day of rain they had killed so many crabs inside the house that Pelayo had to cross his drenched courtyard and throw them into the sea, because the newborn child had a temperature all night and they thought it was due to the stench. The world had been sad since Tuesday. Sea and sky were a single ash-gray thing and the sands of the beach, which on March nights glimmered like powdered light, had become a stew of mud and rotten shellfish. The light was so weak at noon that when Pelayo was coming back to the house after throwing away the crabs, it was hard for him to see what it was that was moving and groaning in the rear of the courtyard. He had to go very close to see that it was an old man, a very old man, lying face down in the mud, who, in spite of his tremendous efforts, couldn’t get up, impeded by his enormous wings…
When Gabriel Garcia Marquez Met Hemingway in Paris, one rainy spring day in 1957
Love in the time of viagra. Salon review of “Memories of My Melancholy Whores”
When driving thru Boyle Heights last week, I was so elated when I crossed a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Street. What a blast!
Unrelated, Happy birthday, Salvadore Tessio - 85 years young today
More Unusual Links About Borges & Marquez Here
December 25, 2004
"Borges and I"
"The other one, the one called Borges, is the one things happen to. I walk through the streets of Buenos Aires and stop for a moment, perhaps mechanically now, to look at the arch of an entrance hall and the grillwork on the gate; I know of Borges from the mail and see his name on a list of professors or in a biographical dictionary. I like hourglasses, maps, eighteenth-century typography, the taste of coffee and the prose of Stevenson; he shares these preferences, but in a vain way that turns them into the attributes of an actor. It would be an exaggeration to say that ours is a hostile relationship; I live, let myself go on living, so that Borges may contrive his literature, and this literature justifies me. It is no effort for me to confess that he has achieved some valid pages, but those pages cannot save me, perhaps because what is good belongs to no one, not even to him, but rather to the language and to tradition. Besides, I am destined to perish, definitively, and only some instant of myself can survive in him. Little by little, I am giving over everything to him, though I am quite aware of his perverse custom of falsifying and magnifying things.
Spinoza knew that all things long to persist in their being; the stone eternally wants to be a stone and the tiger a tiger. I shall remain in Borges, not in myself (if it is true that I am someone), but I recognize myself less in his books than in many others or in the laborious strumming of a guitar. Years ago I tried to free myself from him and went from the mythologies of the suburbs to the games with time and infinity, but those games belong to Borges now and I shall have to imagine other things. Thus my life is a flight and I lose everything and everything belongs to oblivion, or to him.
I do not know which of us has written this page. "
"Borges and I" Redux by Tim Jones. "Borges comes round with a six-pack just in time for the game. I tell him he could have got it cheaper down the road. He nods unhappily, as is his way..."
The Crimson Hexagon: Books Borges Never Wrote
Shipwreck on dry land - Gabriel García Márquez about Elián González
A last-minute change to Gabriel Garcia Marquez' new novel has dealt a blow to pirates who flooded his native Colombia with bootleg versions of Memories of My Melancholy
Living to tell the tale, excerpts of the first chapter, in Hebrew
I went sailing on a Caribbean vacation for a few weeks. Regular blogging will start in the next day or two. More Unusual Links About Borges & Marquez Here
August 15, 2004
Magic Realism with Borges & Marquez
Welcome to Fantastic Zoology - A graphical interpretation of Borges "Book of Imaginary Beings"
Repost: Solve the puzzle of The Book of Sand
The Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies & Documentation at The University of Aarhus in Denmark
La vida y la obra de Jorge Luis Borges
After denying Hollywood for years, Gabriel García Márquez agrees to sell the rights to his 1985 novel Love in the Time of Cholera
Review of Márquez Strange Pilgrims: Twelve Stories
More about the author of 100 Years of Solitude Here
January 31, 2004
"Muchos años después, frente al pelotón de fusilamiento, el coronel Aureliano Buendía había de recordar aquella tarde remota en que su padre lo llevó a conocer el hielo. Macondo era entonces una aldea de veinte casas de barro y cañabrava construidas a la orilla de un río de aguas diáfanas que se precipitaban por un lecho de piedras pulidas, blancas y enormes como huevos prehistóricos. El mundo era tan reciente, que muchas cosas carecían de nombre, y para mencionarlas había que señalarlas con el dedo".
Cartoon (for "Iconomy"...)
"Cosmic Talent with a Child's Generosity" - Fidel Castro review of "Living to Tell the Tale"
Cuban Rescue with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ernest Hemingway and Stan Walker, 1994
Journey to Macondo in Search of Garcia Marquez
Leave it to the Japanese to develop a denim-brand named Garcia Marquez
Memories of the future - Seven Types of Ambiguity
News of a kidnapping , Salon Review
Nobel Lecture, 8 December, 1982 - "The Solitude of Latin America
Robert Couteau's Review of "Love in the Time of Cholera"
"The Nation" review of "Living to Tell the Tale" - A Magical Realist and His Reality - 1/13/04