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November 3, 1991
In response to Wolfhawk Martinez's letter Oct. 20 about the origin of the term Indians , here's some information from Edward Abbey's "The Fool's Progress" (1988) regarding Christopher Columbus: Abbey writes that "Columbus knew he was nowhere near India" and that he was so charmed by the people he found in the Caribbean--so sweet, happy, blessed --he called them Los Gentes en (or in ) Dios , meaning "the people in God." This is what Columbus wrote to Ferdinand and Isabella, Abbey reports, and the name Indios stuck, becoming changed by usage to Indians . JAMES A. CAMPBELL Culver City
July 21, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER, Robert Koehler writes about the arts for The Times
Missing . Until Sept. 11, 1973, it was a word that meant no more to Ariel Dorfman than a misplaced bill or phone message. But after that fateful date, when the elected government of Chile's President Salvador Allende was overthrown in a military coup financed and supported by the U.S. government, the word changed. Dissidents were rounded up, and the giant soccer stadium in the capital of Santiago was transformed into a huge concentration camp.
November 17, 1985 | Edward M. White, White is professor of English at Cal State San Bernardino and author of "Teaching and Assessing Writing" (Jossey-Bass, 1985). and
T he late John Fante developed a modest following with his Depression-era novels and stories, although the last years of his life were spent in prosperous obscurity as a screenwriter. He quite properly felt uneasy about the quality of his first novel, although he apparently mailed it to Knopf back in 1936. It is unclear why the publisher did not put the book in press, but Fante was sufficiently encouraged to keep writing about the central character in his more successful later fictions.
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