Carlos Fuentes is a major force in contemporary Mexican letters. An heir to the exacerbated social conscience which burst forth in the flood of so-called “novels of the Mexican Revolution,” he distinguishes himself today not only by his writing but also by the forceful leadership which he gives to the intellectual life of his country.
(Alexander Coleman, The New York Times)
He had a crewcut and the same underage look as Koteks, but wore a shirt on various Polynesian themes and dating from the Truman administration.
(The Crying of Lot 49, Chapter 5, p. 84)
This is apparently a reference to a shirt worn by Slothrop in Gravity’s Rainbow, but Slothrop’s shirt was worn before Truman took office and was a Hawaiian shirt.
Last night I finished reading We the Animals by Justin Torres. The book left me a little in the air (more like wtf just happened?) but after listening to him talk in this video about his family completely wraps up the book for me. And I give it 10 thumbs up. I encourage you to pick up a copy.
This also gets me excited to continue my memoir.
Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes died earlier today (May 15, 2012) at age 83.
"She moved through it carrying her fat book, attracted, unsure, a stranger, wanting to feel relevant but knowing how much of a search among alternate universes it would take."
Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, Chapter 5, p. 83
Hoy, mientras leía El Llano En Llamas, un amigo me preguntó que si desde cuándo me interesba la literatura… Desde siempre, solo que no me había tomado el tiempo para disfrutarla a fondo.
- Carlos Fuentes
She came downslope from Wheeler Hall, through Sather Gate into a plaza teeming with corduroy, denim, bare legs, blonde hair, hornrims, bicycle spokes int he sun, bookbags, swaring card tables, long paper petitions dangling to earth, posters for undecipherable FSM’s, YAF’s, VDC’s, suds in the fountain, students in nose-to-nose dialogue.
(The Crying of Lot 49, Chapter 5, p. 83)
From Thomas Pynchon Wiki:
Free Speech Movement, Young Americans for Freedom, and Vietnam Day Committee. The VDC was a coalition of left-wing political groups, student groups, labour organizations, and pacifist religions in America that opposed the Vietnam War. It was formed in Berkeley in 1965 and was active through the majority of the war.
Mr. Fuentes was one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world, a catalyst, along with Gabriel García Márquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Julio Cortázar, of the explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and ’70s, known as El Boom. He wrote plays, short stories, political nonfiction and novels, many of them chronicles of tangled love.