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Why The World Needs More Macho Men

Essay: At some point over the past decade or two, macho men fell out of style. But is that really a good thing? Die Welt columnist Judith Luig suggests that machos actually have some advantages over their modern 'metrosexual' replacement

Classic macho men like Burt Reynolds (left) are losing ground to more carefully-coiffed modern guys like Justin Timberlake
Classic macho men like Burt Reynolds (left) are losing ground to more carefully-coiffed modern guys like Justin Timberlake
Judith Luig

BERLIN - A couple of years ago, a postcard made the rounds that had this text printed on it: "What would the world look like if there weren't any men in it?" The card also provided the answer to the question: "It would be full of fat, happy women."

Really? Okay, if there were no men we could close down a few prisons, and the ranks of corporate execs would be thinned to a pathetic trickle. In Germany, both prison and executive populations are 95% male. The manufacturers of three-quarter length khaki all-purpose pants would go out of business. Plus, travelers would reach their destinations faster because they could ask for directions if needed.

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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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