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From Borges to Garca Mrquez, Vargas Llosa, Maras or Bolao , the Spanish language has given us some of the 20th century's most beloved writers. But as the reach of Spanish culture extends far beyond Spain and Latin America, and the US tilts towards a majority Hispanic population, the time is right to ask who and what is next in Spanish-language fiction? In this, the first translated issue of Granta's Best of Young Novelists, a distinguished panel of six judges - Edgardo Cozarinsky, Isabel Hilton, Francisco Goldman, Mercedes Monmany, and Granta en Espaol's publishers, Valerie Miles and Aurelio Major - looks to new writing across the Spanish-speaking world and asks, 'Who are the most promising novelists telling the stories from the old and new worlds today?' Granta 113, published simultaneously in Spain as Los mejores narradores jovenes en espaol, will showcase the work of 22 promising new writers. Granta's previous 'Best of Young Novelists' issues have been startlingly accurate crystal balls - first calling attention to the work of writers from Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen to Zadie Smith. Here, for the first time in translation, we will again attempt to predict the stars of the future.
Until now, the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons have never really been given a fair treatment by animation writers and historians. Authors have concentrated on the earliest Popeye cartoons from Fleischer Studios because those films broke new ground in technique and humor, and on the made-for-TV cartoons of the 1960s because many of them are so awful. The Famous Studios cartoons are often just mentioned in passing. But from 1942-1957, Famous Studios, a division of Paramount Pictures, produced Popeye cartoons that have a fan-following to this day. These cartoons were shown on TV during the Baby Boomers' formative years and continue to be shown on cable and satellite channels today. In fact, they are the longest running cartoons in television syndication. Many of the kids through the years who grew up watching the Famous Studios films have found that the films grew up with them because these cartoons were originally made to entertain adult movie-going audiences, before they were sold to TV and broadcast as kiddie fare. So, they contain adult themes, humor that uses verbal and visual double entendres, and mature sensibilities. They also, of course, are full of slapstick and are just plain fun. So, unlike some childhood joys that are left behind, the pleasure of the Famous Studios Popeye cartoons gets even stronger the older one gets. The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons explores the reasons for that. It sets Famous Studios in historical context and explains why the creators working there made the films they did. Then the changes the creators made to the three main characters - Popeye, Olive Oyl, and Bluto are examined, along with Famous Studios' emphasis on sex and romance, tension and suspense and violence, and moral confusion - it's often hard to know who to root for in the cartoons, Popeye or Bluto! Amid the puns and the slapstick, there was a lot more going on. And it's the "more" which makes the films endlessly fascinating. Eleven cartoons are explained in depth, and then all the Famous Studios cartoons are scanned to uncover the magic elements they each contain. The The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons ends by exploring the ways the films could have influenced other cartoons, comic books, and even feature length movies. The Secret Appeal of the Famous Studios Popeye Cartoons is a must read for anyone who has ever enjoyed Popeye cartoons and/or is interested in the character's history. And, perhaps even more importantly, it's a lot of fun, too!
Every novel in this collection is your passport to a romantic tour of the United States through time-honored favorites by America's First Lady of romance fiction. Each of the fifty novels is set in a different state, researched by Janet and her husband, Bill. For the Daileys it was an odyssey of discovery. For you, it's the journey of a lifetime. Your tour of desire begins with this story set in Oregon. “Lucky at cards, unlucky in love.” Tell’s words as they left the casino brought the haunted look back into Andrea’s eyes. The skiing holiday in Squaw Valley was all she’d hoped for. And she had totally ignored the warning voices that cautioned her to stay away from Tell Stafford. A lot of girls indulged in harmless flirtations. Why shouldn’t she? But Andrea and Tell had fallen deeply in love, and now it was too late. Andra knew that if she revealed her terrible secret, everything would change….
Subway Music is about finding things Reynold Junker thought he had lost forever: his subway music and his name. Subway Music begins in a Manhattan hotel room the day after he and his wife celebrated their Christmas anniversary. She coaxes him into taking her to Brooklyn to see where "all those stories you tell all of the time about growing up" took place. As a certified Californian, that's the last thing he wants to do. Subways were then. Freeways are now. But they go. At Prospect Park he "finds" his father and learns about both courage and reverse prejudice-prejudice against his "Nazi" father. At Coney Island he remembers his Jewish best friend and futile attempts to convert him to Catholicism using the holy waters of Coney Island to turn him into a Jewish Cary Grant. At Kings Highway he visits the house haunted by his old ghosts. At the end of Subway Music he realizes that subway music and Brooklyn will always be as much a part of him as the color of his eyes or the color of his hair. Being from Brooklyn was his fate. Being a Californian is just the way things sometimes work out.
A student learning Spanish is learning the grammar and mechanics of the Spanish language. Often, the everyday phrases that we use in normal conversational speaking is never touched upon or even introduced. A pamphlet depicting these everyday phrases would not only increase the Spanish student's vocabulary, but allow them to be able to speak in a more conversational tone to someone who actually speaks Spanish. This would then liberate the Spanish student from book work to conversations and actual speaking.