1/ In the 80s, I was always very taken with Said because he would talk about things my Comparative Literature program would not. I liked the articles “Third World Intellectuals and Metropolitan Culture”, “Travelling Theory,” and other things in Raritan; I liked things in Salmagundi. I should think about this, the fact that these photocopies survived so many moves, an anchor. It is one of the signs pointing to the work I would do.
2/ Nature as protagonist: that is what Fuentes discussed in his 1969 essay on the nueva novela; this is another think I keep thinking about and not naming. And I never saw this 4-volume anthology of Sosnowski’s, and it would be good to have for the graduate students.
3/ I should teach more courses on the novella and short novel. I should use Yuri Herrera’s novels, which I have done before, and I should try El lobo, el bosque y el hombre nuevo which I never have.