Gabriel Garcia Marquez: An Appreciation

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One of the world’s great writers passed away this week and no one seems to have created a Page here in tribute to him, so I will use this Easter Sunday to rectify that.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Born: March 6, 1927 in Aracataca, Colombia
Died: April 17, 2014 (aged 87) in Mexico City, Mexico

R.I.P.—your writing filled my life, and most assuredly countless others, with many hours of escape & pleasure. That’s not an insignificant gift. Thank you.

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At the beginning of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Macondo’s patriarch, José Arcadio Buendía, wants to move the idyllic yet isolated community he founded to another, more accessible location. And, since no one else wants to go with him, he decides that he and his wife, Úrsula, and their son should leave by themselves.

“We will not leave,” his wife says, reminding him that Macondo was their son’s birthplace.

“We have still not had a death,” he tells her. “A person does not belong to a place until there is someone dead under the ground.” To which his wife replies, “If I have to die for the rest of you to stay here, I will die.”

This was the first thing that came to mind when I heard that Gabriel García Márquez had died. I have always loved that scene. For anyone who’s been forced, or has chosen, to start a new life in a new place, these words seem to provide at least two possible markers by which one can begin to belong. By Úrsula’s definition, it is through life. By her husband’s, it is through death. […]

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Note: The English subtitles in the video above leave a lot to be desired.

UPDATE: The perfect tweet following the announcement of his death.

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43 comments

1 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 12:59:26pm

Thanks for the promotion. Marquez deserves to be remembered.

2 Charles Johnson  Apr 20, 2014 1:01:51pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

Absolutely - I actually meant to post something and then other stuff got crazy and I didn’t get to it. Thanks.

3 thedopefishlives  Apr 20, 2014 1:05:01pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

Absolutely - I actually meant to post something and then other stuff got crazy and I didn’t get to it. Thanks.

April in general is a crazy month. Something about the beginning of spring that just makes us all run around like chickens (with or without heads cut off).

4 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 1:33:29pm

The perfect tweet following his death:

5 Stanley Sea  Apr 20, 2014 2:16:38pm

Well, it smells like Grandma’s house on Easter Sunday here at my humble abode. My Dad sent me a Cuisinart pressure cooker. amazon.com

Have a Greek style pot roast in there. (Oregano, lemon, garlic)

Oh boy.

Hope everyone is having a nice relaxing day.

6 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 2:21:55pm

re: #5 Stanley Sea

Sounds yummy. Enjoy!

7 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 2:23:13pm

Hey, WW! A cycling post per your request:

The road beckoning at the halfway point.

8 Stanley Sea  Apr 20, 2014 2:24:11pm

re: #6 CuriousLurker

Sounds yummy. Enjoy!

Thanks! And we are watching the greatest story ever told on TCM. I’m bad mouthing it - can’t help it. What about Jesus’ lost teenage years? well????

9 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 2:25:03pm

The Wall of Roses in Woodside…

10 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 2:27:25pm
Taming the ‘Wild West’ of online comments

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11 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 2:27:51pm

And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.

Poppies. Poppies will put them to slee-e-eep…

12 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 20, 2014 2:35:01pm

Must have been that delicious Canadian maple syrup.

13 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 2:36:02pm

re: #12 Backwoods_Sleuth

Must have been that delicious Canadian maple syrup.

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Mayonnaise. Nature’s most nearly perfect food.

14 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Apr 20, 2014 2:39:23pm

re: #13 GeneJockey

Mayonnaise. Nature’s most nearly perfect food.

when applied to bacon, it exceeds perfection…

15 Stanley Sea  Apr 20, 2014 2:39:26pm

re: #12 Backwoods_Sleuth

Must have been that delicious Canadian maple syrup.

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The bears are waking up.

16 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 20, 2014 2:39:53pm

re: #13 GeneJockey

Mayonnaise. Nature’s most nearly perfect food.

maybe…. POUTINE!!!

17 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 2:40:32pm
18 Varek Raith  Apr 20, 2014 2:40:48pm

re: #12 Backwoods_Sleuth

Must have been that delicious Canadian maple syrup.

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Shut up, I meant to do this.

19 Backwoods_Sleuth  Apr 20, 2014 2:42:49pm

re: #18 Varek Raith

Shut up, I meant to do this.

Been practicing ALL DAMNED WINTER!!!

20 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 2:44:16pm
21 Wendell Zurkowitz (slave to the waffle light)  Apr 20, 2014 2:47:01pm

re: #20 CuriousLurker

“Can the KKK rebrand itself?” asks CNN, in an apparent bid to rebrand itself as The Onion.

They are simply taking advantage of the fact that the GOP has become so much like the KKK that they now seem almost mainstream.

22 Varek Raith  Apr 20, 2014 2:48:25pm

re: #20 CuriousLurker

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For reals???
e_e

23 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 2:49:58pm

re: #20 CuriousLurker

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Welcome to K3, White Supremacy for the 21st Century! Try our 1000 threadcount Egyptian long staple organic cotton robes and hoods! Try our new, EasyLite Crosses, and our Readi-Lynch Nooses! No more fumbling around, trying to remember when the rabbit goes in the hole!

24 Targetpractice  Apr 20, 2014 2:49:59pm

re: #11 GeneJockey

And now, my beauties, something with poison in it, I think. With poison in it, but attractive to the eye, and soothing to the smell.

Poppies. Poppies will put them to slee-e-eep…

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Ah, the Cycle of Violence!

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25 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 2:50:24pm

re: #22 Varek Raith

For reals???
e_e

The CNN article is for reals: cnn.com

26 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 2:51:14pm

re: #24 Targetpractice

Ah, the Cycle of Violence!

//

Oog. You’ll pay for that.

FLY, MY PRETTIES! FLY!!!

27 Varek Raith  Apr 20, 2014 2:52:16pm

re: #25 CuriousLurker

The CNN article is for reals: cnn.com

Awww shucks, my comment there is awaiting moderation.
All I did was call them idiots.

28 nines09  Apr 20, 2014 2:52:25pm

re: #20 CuriousLurker

If CNN asked that question they have jumped the shark and crashed into a black hole from which I hope they never return.. “Why, yes, Virginia. We can choose to ignore all the bodies and facts and say that they truly have changed. Now excuse me. I’m late for my self induced lobotomy class.”

29 Targetpractice  Apr 20, 2014 2:52:33pm

re: #20 CuriousLurker

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They already did, you can find them listed under “Libertarian Party.”

30 CuriousLurker  Apr 20, 2014 2:55:15pm

re: #27 Varek Raith

re: #28 nines09

Yeah, I think the twitterverse had a collective WTF moment when that one came across the wires. Un-freaking-believable.

31 freetoken  Apr 20, 2014 2:55:41pm

Speaking of reinventing oneself:

Rick Perry’s extreme makeover

Everything old is new old again.

32 Amory Blaine  Apr 20, 2014 2:55:52pm

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

33 Amory Blaine  Apr 20, 2014 2:57:14pm

34 Gus  Apr 20, 2014 2:59:23pm
35 Targetpractice  Apr 20, 2014 3:02:50pm

re: #31 freetoken

Speaking of reinventing oneself:

Rick Perry’s extreme makeover

Everything old is new old again.

He can “rebrand” himself all he likes for the national stage, but back home his ass is in deep shit.

36 Stanley Sea  Apr 20, 2014 3:03:00pm

re: #32 Amory Blaine

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

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Door is opened. I’ve been saving this one

So today commemorates the day thousands of years ago when somebody stole a body and everybody blamed God.

37 freetoken  Apr 20, 2014 3:03:35pm

re: #34 Gus

He’s quite the Twitter warrior:

38 Stanley Sea  Apr 20, 2014 3:03:46pm

re: #34 Gus

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well. whoa.

39 Gus  Apr 20, 2014 3:05:06pm

re: #37 freetoken

He’s quite the Twitter warrior:

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Senatornator

40 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 3:05:29pm

re: #37 freetoken

He’s quite the Twitter warrior:

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But, you know, there is no racism in America anymore.
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41 Gus  Apr 20, 2014 3:07:19pm

re: #40 GeneJockey

But, you know, there is no racism in America anymore.
/////

That’s like the second “go back to Africa” BS I’ve seen within 24 hours.

42 GeneJockey  Apr 20, 2014 3:09:46pm

It’s times like this that I wish I had significant Native American ancestry, so I could post:

Take back America? Good idea! Go back to Europe, asshole.

43 Gus  Apr 20, 2014 3:11:39pm

Wait. Maybe he should go back to France.


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