Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America’s best-known writer.
His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. And everything he had written, Garcia Marquez once said, he knew or heard before he was 8 years old.
Chilean novelist Ariel Dorfman says Marquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech was one of the author’s most important messages to the world.
"Garcia Marquez is speaking about all the people who are marginal to history, who have not had a voice," Dorfman says. "He gives a voice to all those who died. He gives a voice to all those who are not born yet. He gives a voice to Latin America."
Read our full appreciation here.
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Top: With a loud roar and a flash of fire, a Seawolf missile erupts from its launcher aboard HMS Iron Duke and Bottom: The Seawolf missile is tracked from the ops room onboard HMS Iron Duke [Pictures: Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Carl Osmond, Crown copyright]
HMS Iron Duke is the first ship in the Fleet to receive the new Artisan radar. Last year, she also received the latest version of Seawolf – which has protected Royal Navy frigates for more than 30 years. It can now track – and destroy – a target the size of a cricket ball travelling at 3 times the speed of sound.
Iron Duke was travelling back to Portsmouth, following 8 weeks of training, when the new Artisan and Seawolf were tested for the first time. Artisan, able to track up to 800 targets simultaneously, successfully tracked a sea-skimming target then passed the data to the Seawolf system.
The launched missile then followed and successfully blasted the object out of the sky with a direct hit.
Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year.
When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.
But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)
At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.
Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”
Amen to that, Hugh.
virginia beach mornings…
watercolor and watercolor pencil
Up to now, I’ve only used watercolor pencils for sketching, as their chalky texture is rather at odds with a lot of what I’m trying to achieve in my finished pieces. But it turns out they are great for glinting up fish scales!
Prints available at INPRNT: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/danamartin/goldrush/
& society6: http://society6.com/DanaMartin/Goldrush-Lls#1=45