Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Recommended by D.B.

On David Bowie's reading list I found two books - and two books only - I added to my 'books to read':
1. Alberto Denti di Pirajno, 'A Cure For Serpents. A Doctor in Africa' (1952) #italian #nordafrica #WWII #Libya #doctor #medicine. A bookreview: here.

2. Camille Paglia, 'Sexual Personae Art and Decandence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson' (1990). According to the Wikipedia lemma on this book, the book was not recieved very well. #fringe #fuss #history #WesternCulture #Apollo-vs-Dionysus #order-vs-chaos #rational-vs-irrational.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Are you intelligent? Am I? The history of the word 'intelligent' is only 500 years old. How young! Derived from the Latin words for 'between' and 'choose'.

Do you choose the right road or direction? The right one between all the roads you could choose? Do I?

More questions:
  • Is there only one right road? More than one? Many?  
  • In every aspect of life: school, work, love, kids, books, holidays, dreams, ... - the list is endless? 
  • Indifferent because in the end we all die - whatever roads we took?
  • Only relevant in retrospect? If we - still alive - look over our shoulders on the (trail and error) tracks we took.
  • Wrong metaphor: the choises in life are not 'roads'?
  • Did our ancestors take the wrong metaphor: is there nothing to 'choose' after all? 
  • Situational, cultural and historical biased?
  • Planet Earth biased? Are all of us just dancing on the ship Titanic?

Last week David Bowie (1947-2016) died. Ashes to ashes. Did you know that he loved reading books too? His #top100=top75 #book list: here. I am not impressed. Are you?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nua no Paraíso

Me sitting naked, on a hot day in paradise, next to Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987) on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

This picture is better. In the one above I had my socks on ;)

Why Rio? To ... look over the ocean. To decipher the night sky. A red, pure and tragic star. And its rays of glory and hope.

P.S. Last sentences and quote on bench are from poem 'Mas Viveremos', in 'A Rosa do Povo' (1945).

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Without Title

P.S. This location is probably on the Cabo Verde Islands. I don't know where exactly. Source: video of song 'Flor de Bilo' from Neuza (3:18).