RIP Carlos Fuentes
"When the Mexican author Carlos Fuentes diedTuesday at age 83, a light went out in Latin America. Prolific and poised, and relentlessly energetic, Fuentes published his first novel,Where the Air Is Clear, at age 29, and never stopped.
Over the next half century, he tried his hand at every genre, moving seamlessly between novels, short stories, plays, essays, and newspaper columns by the kilo. When a few years ago, Mario Vargas Llosa challenged a group of fellow authors each to choose a Latin American dictator to write about, Fuentes responded with an opera about the 19th-century Mexican strongman Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who led the siege against the rebels at Alamo."