I just read the story by Marquez and listened to the podcast episode. For me it's one of the most interesting episodes, because it exactly pointed to what I'm struggling with as a writer (and I think as person as well). I thank you for the discussion about how magical realism, urban fantasy and weird fiction relate. I often try to work out what the difference is. When people ask me what I write I say something like 'Yeah, a sort of horror, but not exactly horror, but more something like urban fantasy or magical realism or weird fiction. Depends on the story also.' But the thing is, I don't know what I write. Because of your discussion I'm know able to put my different stories better into different categories or crossing-overs. Of course, it isn't important in itself, but it says something about how I treat the weird element in my writing. As I was brought up in a very scientifical/rational family/milieu, I always had the feeling that there was something missing in the story about how the world works. I never became religious (though I was on the verge of studying philosophy), but I think the idea of the 'great splendid human race' able to know and explain everything always stroke me as naive. (In that sense I was a bit like Lovecraft I think.) Consciously and unconsciously I asked myself the question of how to treat the weird, the unexpected, the unexplainable (if it is out there or just as fictional construct) into a thematic question in my writing. To be short: listening to this episode gave me the instruments to think on using this theme in my writing in a more conscious way, and this tale of Marquez also helped me with that (or better: the discussion of this tale). As to the child in this story: one of my own stories is about a child who discovers that all parents lie, and that animals, plants and even adults are made in factories, and lifeless things and products grow on trees. I belief that kid doesn't imitate the ways and ideas of the adults, but I'm not sure if this kid is innocent in the Blakeian way also. I honestly don't know why I wrote that tale. But whatever... Thank you for the great discussion! It helped me a lot.