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Holy Thursday: On García Márquez's Death

How do you mourn someone you’ve never met?

When I heard of Gabriel García Márquez’s passing I was struck by sudden, unexpected grief. My voice broke as I told my daughter, who knew García Márquez’s name before that of any middle grade author. 688 more words

Written Stuff

Chestnut Tree

In One Hundred Years of Solitude, José Arcadio Buendía goes mad and is tied to a chestnut tree. It’s not the most humane treatment of the mentally ill, but I think it’s also a comment on the Church. 215 more words


The Blue Jay's Daughter: Commelina...Backwards, Part 11

The twins sit back to back on the branch of the tree. Reflected. Assumption holds out a right hand, Avarice a left. Fingers intertwined, they sit in the rising sunlight, counting the minutes down. 671 more words


DIY Writing: Magical Realism

At 87 years of age, legendary Latin American author Gabriel García Márquez passed away in his Mexico City home this past week. With him goes the extraordinary legacy of bringing definition to the unprecedented literary boom of the 1960s and 70s in Latin America. 394 more words