What Have We Done So Far

The Boston Globe

Gregory Rabassa The Man Who Wrote "One Hunded Years of Solitude'' - In English


In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Latin American literature burst into the English-speaking world with astonishing force. Works such as Gabriel García Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Autumn of the Patriarch, Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch and 62 Model Kit, and Mario Vargas Llosa's The Green House established the newfound power and imagination of a young generation of Latin American writers.

Jazz Should Be Wary Of Moving Uptown


Proclaiming the death of jazz every so often has been, well, a jazz tradition. It has been part of the ritual of renewal that is at the heart of the music. Now jazz seems to be in its best shape in decades and no one talks about death. Carnegie Hall has added a jazz season, Lincoln Center has made jazz part of its regular programming, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis, recently passed through Boston playing Duke Ellington's music, and even The Smithsonian has organized a repertory orchestra. And last year, the Lila Wallace Foundation granted $3.4 million to fund a national jazz network, the largest grant ever for jazz. But the renewal has stopped.

World Music: Whose Is it?


More people in the United States are exposed today to more music from around the world, more regularly, than at any other time in history.

Paul Simon writes lyrics to South African rhythms and then tours with a show featuring South African performers. David Byrne compiles an album of selections by Brazilian pop musicians; marked "Volume 1," it suggests that more are to come. The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir appears before full houses throughout the country and so does Argentine new tango composer Astor Piazzolla. A well-stocked record store routinely carries dance music from Martinique, Yemenite songs interpreted by Israeli singer Ofra Haza and releases once considered as only of ethnomusicological interest.

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