US In Sandra Cisneros' new book, an overdue letter to a friend
Channing Tatum Posts Portrait, Credits Daughter Everly as Photographer
Channing Tatum shouted out his daughter Everly, 8, for the candid black and white snap Tatum's Magic Mike co-star Matt Bomer added, "????????????????????." Earlier this summer, the Dog director posted a photo of Everly's face for the first time. The actor shares his only child with ex-wife Jenna Dewan, from whom he split in 2019. The parents had previously shared shots of Everly on social media, but concealed her face or taken her photo from behind.
NEW YORK (AP) — With her new book, “Martita, I Remember You," Sandra Cisneros feels like she's finally answered a long overdue letter.
The author of the best-selling novella “The House on Mango Street” is back with her first work of fiction in almost a decade, a story of memory and friendship, but also about the experiences young women endure as immigrants worldwide.
Inspired by Cisneros' own time in Paris as a young, aspiring writer, “Martita” follows Corina, a woman in her 20s who has left her Mexican family in Chicago to pursue literary dreams in the city where Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin and many others lived. During her brief time there, she finds herself struggling with money, befriending panhandling artists and sleeping on crowded floors with other immigrants.
'Nothing you can do but wait': In New Orleans, frustrations rise over ongoing Hurricane Ida outages
Hurricane Ida damaged or destroyed 30,679 poles, 36,469 spans of wire and 5,959 transformers, Entergy, the power provider for New Orleans, says.Lloyd Kelly cooks free meals for his neighbors, the work keeping his mind off the stifling heat and humidity.
Supporting her through it all are Martita and Paola, an Argentine and an Italian as broke as she was.
Over the years, the three disperse to different continents, eventually falling out of touch, until Corina finds a series of old letters in a drawer that bring back intense memories of those days together.
“It began from a place in my own memory, with the real Martita that inspired this story — real Martitas, I should say, because we meet so many in our lives, women that come and befriend us and have nothing. It’s always the people that have nothing that give the most,” Cisneros said in a recent interview with The Associated Press via Zoom from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Manchester United 'to win again'
Ronaldo's return to Manchester United is more than a sentimental move.While the 36-year-old seems to be appreciating the emotional aspects of his homecoming, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner also told the United website this latest journey isn't merely some sort of farewell tour in which he'll merely go through the motions.
“So, what began as a real story about things that happened to me ‘se infló’ (inflated) — it went to other places,” she continued.
“Martita, I Remember You” (Vintage Original) was published last week as a dual-language paperback featuring Cisneros’ English story on the front and, when flipped over, Liliana Valenzuela’s Spanish translation, “Martita, te recuerdo.”
Born in Chicago to Mexican parents, Cisneros is one of the most prominent Latino authors in the United States, with honors including the 1985 National Book Award for “The House on Mango Street”, the PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature and the 2015 National Medal of Arts.
She started writing the story about Martita in the late ‘80s, early ’90s, with the idea of including it in her award-winning collection “Woman Hollering Creek." But she only had the first part of the story written, and her editor felt there was more to it.
'The Chair' review: Sandra Oh stars in a Netflix dramedy created by Amanda Peet
"The Chair" lays out an interesting exercise by examining generational divides through the prism of a college English department and the first woman of color leading it, played by Sandra Oh. Yet an exceptional cast mostly outshines the material, leaving what amounts to a mildly diverting binge with one inordinately amusing cameo baked into it. © Eliza Morse/Netflix Sandra Oh in 'The Chair.' Oh's Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, as the new English chair at prestigious Pembroke University, is getting pulled in multiple directions.
In the last couple of years, she pulled it out again and added a middle and an end.
“I guess they needed me to be older to be able to write that part,” Cisneros said with a laugh. “I don’t know how old I was, my 30s? Yeah. I couldn’t write the ending because I was too young! Even though Corina is about 36... I am not as wise as Corina. The author needed to be older to get the long view, to see it.”
The book takes us back to a time before emails and cellphones, when people would exchange physical addresses to stay in touch. There was the elation of getting letters from afar; Corina reads and re-reads the ones she got.
“Actually, the first letter is based on a real letter that came to me after I had left. Years had passed... and a real letter came that triggered a feeling that I didn’t have a name for,” said Cisneros.
“This whole story is my letter that I never mailed back to her, or to all of the Martitas that befriended me when I was floating around in the world. I felt like I had to write this unsent letter to understand what it was that I experienced in these very random, short (relationships with) people that I met when I was traveling."
Cristiano Ronaldo's mother has perfect reaction to son scoring in Manchester United return
Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford was perfect. © Press Association Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.? The Portuguese superstar opened up the scoring to put Manchester United up 1-0 against Newcastle just before halftime and scored another goal in the second half to put the Red Devils up 2-1 before Bruno Fernandes tacked on another goal in the 80th minute to make it 3-1.
Although she set her book in France in the 1980s, Cisneros, whose works have always had immigration as a theme, hopes people relate to the story today.
“It’s still very relevant now to every country, and especially the United States,” she said, adding that she’s “ashamed to be living in this time and to know that I’m a citizen of a country that separates children from their parents and who are treating refugees worse that animals. So I hope that this book will help to awaken people, make change.
"I absolutely believe that art can make change, because it’s made such a big change in my life.”
Cisneros recalls “the generosity of strangers” when she lived abroad, and said it helped her "understand what it is like for immigrants now, coming to the United States, being vilified, being looked down upon the way that Parisians, you know, looked down at us.... I understood my father and I understood the immigrants’ situation now in a way that maybe I couldn’t, so I’m glad I lived that experience.”
If she could hear back from Martita, what would she tell her?
“Oh! I would be so happy! I would say: ‘Martita, where are you? I’m coming! What happened to you?’ I would love to see Martita again. I forgot her last name, I don’t know where she is, but she is the one that triggered these stories from many women that are connected,” Cisneros said.
She is currently finishing a book of poetry that will come out next fall in English and Spanish: “Woman without Shame”/ “Mujer sin vergüenza.” She is also working on the libretto of an opera adaptation of “The House on Mango Street” with New York composer Derek Bermel, as well as on a pilot for a TV series based on that book.
Follow Sigal Ratner-Arias on Twitter, at.
Trump complained aircraft carrier USS Gerald Ford 'doesn't look right' .
Former President Donald Trump was fixated with the Navy's supercarrier USS Gerald Ford, complaining to senior military officers that the $13billion ship 'just doesn't look right,' according to a new book.‘I know aesthetics,’ Trump reportedly told senior military leaders when he told them he didn’t like the ship’s high cost, the advanced weapons elevators used to transport arms aboard, and the location of the ‘island’ - or command center - on the ship’s deck.