Topic: February 2005
ALL OVER THE MAP
[2.10.06] Marina Warner stakes a toothsome claim, that Angela Carter's work is not magical realist, in her recent article for The New Statesman. But we forgive her. Her review of Carter's Nights at the Circus, adapted by Tom Morris and Emma Rice, simply glows.
[2.10.06] Sneak Preview: Margin offers a short list of magical realist romance films to consider viewing over St. Valentine's Day. take a peek
[2.09.06] And speaking of romance films: Melora Koepke for Hour.com suggests Lawn Dogs, of all things, describing the film as "an odd magic-realist romance-that-isn't-a-romance between Mischa Barton when she was a kid and her family's gardener. It's one of the most beautiful nonsexual love stories I've ever seen, if that's what you're looking for." Okay, we're game.
[2.09.06] Theater critic Hedy Weiss for the Chicago Sun-Times condemns Jorge Ignacio Cortinas' rendition of Blind Mouth Singing as being "derivative," but also describes it in this way: "Part heterosexual fairy tale, part homoerotic fable and part anguished meditation on the way people often remain trapped even when they manage to escape, Cortinas' play is rich in mood and shot through with some vividly written scenes and characters." The play runs through March 5 at Chicago's Teatro Vista.
[2.06.06] Maya Jaggi for the UK's Telegraph doesn't get it right, frankly ("Last week's inaugural Hay festival in Cartagena confirmed that Latin American literature has moved on from magic realism"—huh? Is magical realism something that people cut their teeth on? Wrong!), but her article about Gabo's relationship with Cartagena is still a worthwhile read. Yes, Maya, thoughtful readers understand that not all Latino writers are magical realists; does it mean slurring a beautiful literary mode in order to make your point? We think not. Gabo is certainly no beginning author, even when he was a beginning author…