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Why The Pandemic Baby Boom Is Turning Into A Bust

In France, at least, all those days and nights in lockdown didn't result in an upswing of bouncing babies.

Fewer people are having babies amidst global uncertainty
Fewer people are having babies amidst global uncertainty
Jean-Marc Vittori

PARIS — Wouldn't it be so sweet to think so. Locked up together for weeks in the spring of 2020 due to a rampant global coronavirus outbreak, young couples would naturally do... what young couples do. Ooh la la!

It stands to reason, therefore, that fast forward nine months and France would have a baby boom — just like in the post-war years, or when a power outage in 1965 plunged New York into darkness on a cold November night and the world wondered how everyone in Manhattan stayed warm.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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