Feliz cumpleanos, Gabo! What a bad ass.

Garcia Marquez in the mid-1940s

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”–Love in the Time of Cholera

“Many years later, in front of the firing squad, colonel Aureliano Buendía would remember that distant afternoon his father took him to see ice.” –One Hundred Years of Solitude

“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” —One Hundred Years of Solitude