“Any rock band would love to have half the fans that Parra did.”

Remembering Nicanor Parra, the Almost Immortal Chilean Poet – Alejandro Zambra – The New Yorker – February 2, 2018

“‘He’s going to die any minute now,’ a college classmate of mine said in 1994, when the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra had just turned eighty and we were eighteen. I asked if the poet was sick or something. ‘When people are eighty, it’s highly probable that they’ll die at any minute,’ he replied. We were on campus in Santiago, doing nothing, pretty high. Someone said that there was an event at Cine Arte Alameda to celebrate Parra, and the usual four or five of us headed over—uninvited, of course, but we managed to sneak in. I remember almost nothing about the event. The place was packed. Any rock band would love to have half the fans that Parra did.”

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