To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, August 4, 2021


Carlos Fuentes, RIP



It was very strange to hear about the death of Carlos Fuentes. Frankly, I hadn’t read anything of his work in years. But there must have been some comfort just knowing he was there.

I actually met him once, very briefly at a lecture he was giving in Fort Worth.

Funny when someone of his stature dies – for example Jacques Brel – there’s seems to be a void in a place you didn’t realize was in you.

And there are the nagging questions: What do we do now? Who will take his place?

But we move forward with the knowledge that he was once among us and the hope that someone will emerge to take up the holy work.

Adios Señor, sueños con los angeltos, gracias por todo.

Richard L. Fricker lives in Tulsa, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. His latest book, The Last Day of the War, is available at


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Arnold Hamilton
Arnold Hamilton became editor of The Observer in September 2006. Previously, he served nearly two decades as the Dallas Morning News’ Oklahoma Bureau chief. He also covered government and politics for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times Herald, the Tulsa Tribune and the Oklahoma Journal.