NEW YORK – Few contemporary writers and none from Latin America could match the scope of his influence or the radical inventiveness of his imagination. Affectionately called "Gabo," Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate, journalist and author, was the most celebrated Latin American cultural export of his era.
Take a break this evening. After you've gone to Mass or eaten your matzo or taken a dip in the ocean or whatever other activity you might be doing today, on this 20th day of the fourth month of the year -- take a break. Now go read two of Gabriel García Márquez's most famous short stories.