piece on the front page by Michiko Kakutani, are among the many, many reasons I read the New York Times (my emphasis):
In novels like “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” “The Autumn of the Patriarch”
and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” [Gabriel] García Márquez mythologized the
history of an entire continent, while at the same time creating a
Rabelaisian portrait of the human condition as a febrile dream in which
love and suffering and redemption endlessly cycle back on themselves on a Möbius strip in time.
Huh? It's also why I keep my iPhone handy when reading.
While I had seen "Rabelaisian," "febrile" and "Möbius strip" before, I had to look up each one to understand what Ms. Kakutani was saying about Mr. Garcia Marquez. And I appreciate a writer (and a newspaper) that either a) assumes I'm familiar with those references, or b) challenges me to learn them.