I have decided to embark on a new project with one of my favorite colleagues, and thought I would share the results with you. I am an avid reader, and I want to study certain authors more closely; I often find the connections you can draw from biography, political climate and expression to be endlessly fascinating. Thus, I will select one author and read his/her works, as well as a biography (if it is available) and then discuss.
My favorite genre is Magical Realism, and I am lucky enough to teach a class at my university using Borges’ Garden of Forking Paths as a foundational text for discussion of the genre. To be clear, although many people believe the genre began in Latin America, this is not the case. Undoubtedly, though, the area has produced some of the greatest writers in the genre, and you cannot fully appreciate this without beginning with Borges. So, with new books in hand, and ready to reread some favorites, as well as discover some new, expect a post on Borges very soon.