A genie offers the narrator the option of becoming Picasso or owning a Picasso. The man then contemplates the benefits of each. It’s fast read that ends how you would expect of something of this caliber. It’s very well written, but doesn’t feel much like traditional fiction. It’s more an exercise in thought processes and framing.
Story about the young nephew of Cortez who is a poet rather than a fighter. He’s sent to learn how to be a man with his Uncle in the New World. He arrives after a lengthy ship ride to stand alongside his uncle as a god. Through his New World adventure he falls in love with Montezuma’s daughter and sees much of the encroaching horror attributed to the conquerors.
Tianeman square historical story.
The story of Rogelio and Henry, two men who find themselves cellmates in the Collectors, a terrible prison where each finds solace in the other. Rogelio is a country guy, who enjoys resurrecting cars and trucks to their former pristine condition. Henry is a playwright, who was sentenced for creating a play called “The Idiot President.” The two men’s friendship and indulgence in one another seem to exceed the confines of the prison walls. It’s humanity, love, and friendship etched in the molded, fading walls of the prison that confined them.
What did I just read (see it online)? A story about a middle-age man who goes a bit crazy with the alcohol with an old friend. He wakes to find out he’s vomited a puke baby. Amid the crazy plot device, lies a great depiction of a mid-life American male, with all his regrets, responsibilities, relationships, and, of course, vomit-induced babies.