In over thirty years of prodigious journalistic activity captured in The Scandal of the Century and Other Writings there is not much Gabriel García Márquez has not witnessed, read about, investigated, or invented. His style evolved and matured, but even his early writings never really feel like those of a young apprentice, crafted as they are with flair and a great deal of self-confidence.
Elzbieta Sklodowska is a Randolph Family Professor of Spanish at Washington University in St. Louis. She has published widely on contemporary Spanish American literatures and cultures, with special focus on Cuba and the Caribbean. She is currently at work on a book tentatively titled Alternative Lineages: Contemporary Cuban Women Writers and Artists.
Posts by Elzbieta Sklodowska
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.