“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Col. Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of 20 adobe houses built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”
– Opening sentences of 100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Marquez died recently at age 87.
It’s not a town, its Hollywood supremos Will Smith and Jada Smith’s house in Calabasas, California. The property is 25k sq ft and 150 acres.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are, if rumors are to be believed, separating. The house is on the market. List price: 43 million.
A moment of finding: Illustration from Salina Yoon’s children’s book, Found. Found tells the story of a young bear who finds a toy rabbit in the forest and takes an instant liking to it.
“Overambitious projects may be objectionable in many fields, but not in literature.”
– An Italo Calvino quote as it appears in Zia Haidar Rahman’s debut novel, In the Light of What We Know.
“Money is the most visible of all gods.”