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Blow-Up and Other Stories by Julio Cortázar
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After first reading "Hopscotch," I devoured several of Cortazar's books in college, during a very long, hot, idle summer in Albuquerque. Other favorite experiences that summer included driving "Marlene," the black 1963 Volvo coupe I'd built from the ground-up (9 months), out to the volcano basin on the west side of town, past the Rio Grande, to watch the sun set, listening to things like Miles Davis's "Sketches of Spain" and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Cortazar is a master of altered atmosphere and observation of metaphysical trapdoors in everyday reality. There are long stretches in his novels where he's playing, like a rhythm or background, and it seems not to progress, but then he drops into shimmering majesty. Jewels you'll remember 20 years later. And so, his short stories are in some ways ideal, because there's less meandering and more of the jewels.
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Jeffrey Nusrat, Miles and Julio. Man what a group. We have vaguely similar tastes!


Brian I'm quite sure there's a marketing focus group with an acronymic label for us both...


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