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Isaac Set To Upgrade To Hurricane Status, Expected To Hit New Orleans On Katrina Anniversary



Residents in New Orleans are rushing to complete last-minute preparations, bracing themselves for Tropical Storm Isaac, which will begin to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast late Tuesday, as forecasters set to upgrade it to Hurricane status.

The Tropical Storm is gaining strength, poised to become a "robust" hurricane on a projected path that leads it directly to New Orleans, harkening back to the devastation wrought seven years ago by Hurricane Katrina.

The National Hurricane Center, part of the U.S. National Weather Service, issued the following statement:


Tropical Storm #Isaac advisory 29 issued. #Isaac on the verge of becoming a hurricane go.usa.gov/W3H

— Natl Hurricane Ctr (@NHC_Atlantic) August 28, 2012

Isaac has taken on an added significance because its projected landfall Wednesday falls on the anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, CNN reports. It is also threatening to throw off the script of the Republican National Convention, which begins Tuesday in Tampa -- though the Florida city will be spared the brunt of the storm.

The tropical storm has already killed at least 22 people and caused significant flooding and damage in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, before skirting the southern tip of Florida on Sunday, Reuters reports.

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Shame On The García Márquez Heirs — Cashing In On The "Scraps" Of A Legend

A decision to publish a sketchy manuscript as a posthumous novel by the late Gabriel García Márquez would have horrified Colombia's Nobel laureate, given his painstaking devotion to the precision of the written word.

Photo of a window with a sticker of the face of Gabriel Garcia Marquez with butterfly notes at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Poster of Gabriel Garcia Marquez at Guadalajara's International Book Fair.

Juan David Torres Duarte


BOGOTÁ — When a writer dies, there are several ways of administering the literary estate, depending on the ambitions of the heirs. One is to exercise a millimetric check on any use or edition of the author's works, in the manner of James Joyce's nephew, Stephen, who inherited his literary rights. He refused to let even academic papers quote from Joyce's landmark novel, Ulysses.

Or, you continue to publish the works, making small additions to their corpus, as with Italo Calvino, Samuel Beckett and Clarice Lispector, or none at all, which will probably happen with Milan Kundera and Cormac McCarthy.

Another way is to seek out every scrap of paper the author left and every little word that was jotted down — on a piece of cloth, say — and drip-feed them to publishers every two to three years with great pomp and publicity, to revive the writer's renown.

This has happened with the Argentine Julio Cortázar (who seems to have sold more books dead than alive), the French author Albert Camus (now with 200 volumes of personal and unfinished works) and with the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. The latter's posthumous oeuvre is so abundant I am starting to wonder if his heirs haven't hired a ghost writer — typing and smoking away in some bedsit in Barcelona — to churn out "newly discovered" works.

Which group, I wonder, will our late, great novelist Gabriel García Márquez fit into?

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