julio 25, 2014

Earth Is The Loneliest Planet



Day after day you say “one day, one day”
Day after day you say “one day, one day”
But you’re in the wrong place
and you’ve got the wrong face
And humans are not really very humane
And earth is the loneliest planet of all.

mayo 30, 2014

Mantra


Since this,
I've grown up some different kinda figther
and when the darkness come, let it inside you
Your darkness is shining, my darkness is shining
Have faith in myself!
Truth.

***

Yes I'm only loving, only trying to only love
That's what I'm trying to do is only loving
Yes I'm only lonely loving feeling only loving
Till I'm feeling only loving
Ya say it ain't loving ain't loving my loving
But I'm only loving only loving only loving
Only loving the truth.

Truth.

mayo 25, 2014

8.8: El Miedo En El Espejo

A las 3:34 am del 27 de febrero de 2010, Chile sufrió un terremoto de 8.8 grados Richter. Este sismo modificó el eje de la Tierra y acortó los días en 1,26 segundos. Duró siete minutos en su epicentro, mismo que fue marino, así que le siguió un maremoto. La tragedia ocasionó cerca de 530 muertos, millones de damnificados y numerosos daños materiales. Juan Villoro se encontraba en Chile en ese momento, acudía al Congreso Iberoamericano de Literatura Infantil y Juvenil.


Del 3 de marzo al 4 de mayo de ese año, Villoro no pudo más que escribir sobre esta experiencia. El resultado es esta admirable crónica, que recoge no sólo el testimonio personal, sino el de quiénes la vivieron con él, lo que significa sumergirse en los pensamientos y la conversación que procede, cuando se comienzan a atar cabos y se repasan uno a uno los movimientos previos y durante el siniestro, donde se trata de entender cómo es que se sigue vivo. Por supuesto, también supone una reflexión sobre cómo reaccionamos ante la catástrofe. 

Es un texto sincero, puro, transparente, lleno de paciencia, que no teme retomar el caso Heinrich von Kleist, en particular de su lejana obra "El terremoto en Chile", para desbaratar los nudos de la comprensión:
"La oportunidad de no morir exige un examen de conciencia. [...] ¿Hay un designio en el azar y, de ser así, podemos anticiparlo o siquiera entenderlo? ¿En qué medida merecemos lo que nos sucede? ¿El libre albedrío conduce a nuestro propio bien o es un incierto campo de batalla? ¿Dónde está la verdad en lo que cambia para siempre?"
Esta crónica excava entre las reminiscencias de los sismos que todo mexicano recuerda (los haya o no vivido) y entre la relación con Chile del propio autor (un país que para él es el de las primeras ocasiones). Quizá más que una crónica sea un desahogo, un tratar de acomodar los hechos para darles sentido, para entender qué pasó y que ha pasado. Para eso es la escritura al fin, para tratar de exorcizar el alma y aún la mente, para descargar y poner orden (en particular si uno queda atrapado entre escombros y muerte). 

Para tratar de entender, Villoro viaja a la raíz, se remite a su infancia, a por qué no usa piyama y al primer sismo del que tiene memoria. 
"Era de noche y la casa comenzó a moverse. no pensé en la tierra ni en la patria sino en la versión doméstica de ambas: creí que mi padre caminaba por el pasillo y cimbraba la construcción de sus pasos. La imagen de un gigante en piyama me resultaba protectora."

mayo 19, 2014

Everything is Illuminated

1. f. Agente físico que hace visibles los objetos

Primero vi la película, ¡y no me arrepiento! (hasta me animó a crear esta lista); está llena de lo que su título promete: luz.. Aunque en la fotografía más que en la historia.

El libro también está lleno de luz, invita a reflexionar sobre cómo la memoria de nuestro pasado ilumina nuestro presente y viceversa. Es interesante si lo pensamos sólo un poco (porque si lo hacemos mucho podemos volvernos locos). Combina por igual pasajes emotivos y cómicos, su narrativa se adapta al personaje que da voz a cada uno, como es natural.

Está conformado por tres piezas: una epistolar y dos en prosa, que se intercalan. Las misivas (que es la parte que se aborda, de forma muy general, en el filme) está narrada por Alex / Sasha, un joven que sueña con llevar a EUA a su hermano menor y vivir "el sueño americano"; relata la visión de Alex desde que conoce a Jonathan ("el héroe") y a lo largo del viaje que emprenden en busca de Trachimbrod, así como la opinión que los avances de la novela de Jonathan le merecen. Una de las piezas en forma de prosa está descrita también por Alex y detalla las anécdotas del viaje. La otra, es el relato de la historia de Trachimbrod, un shtetl de Ucrania que guarda el pasado de Jonathan, desde su tatara-tatara-tatara-abuela hasta su padre, y que va acomodándose a modo de cronología. 

Entre mis pasajes favoritos, está el de "El Libro de los Antecedentes", en otras palabras la historia de la memoria de Trachimbrod, su génesis o cómo se han explicado el mundo desde el principio de sus tiempos. 

Even the most delinquent students read The Book of Antecedents without skipping a word, for they knew that they too would one day inhabit its pages, that if they could onlu get hold of a furture edition, they would be able to read of their mistakes (and perhaps avoid them), and the mistakes  of their children (and ensure that they would never happen), and the outcome of future wars (and prepare for the death of loved ones). 

ART. Art is that thing having to do only with itself -the product of a successful attempt to make a work of art. Unfortunately, there are no examples of art, nor good reasons to thing that it will ever exists. (Everything that has been made has been made witha  purpose, evertything with an end that exists outside that thing, i.e. I want to sell this or I want this to make me whole, or worse, I want this to make others whole.) And yet we continue to write, paint, sculpt, and compose. Is this foolish of us?

PLAGIARISM. [...] God loves the plagiarist. and so it is written, "God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them." God is the original plagiarizer. With a lack of reasonable sources from which to filch -man created in the imagine of what? the animals?- the creation of man was an act of reflexive plagiarizing; God looted the mirror. When we plagiarize, we are likewise creating in the image and participating in the completion of Creation.

The 120 Marriages of Joseph and Sarah L. The young couple first married on August 5, 1744, when Joseph was eight and Sarah six, and first ended their marriage six days later when Joseph refused to believe, to Sarah's frustration, that the stars were silver nails in the sky, pinning up the black nightscape. They remarried four days later, when Joseph left a note under the door of Sarah's parents' house: I have considered everything you told me, and I do believe that the stars are silver nails. They ended their marriage again a year later, when Joseph was nine and Sarah seven, over a quarrel about the nature of the bottom of the river bed. A week later, they were remarried, including this time in their vows that they should love each other until death, regardless of the existence of the riverbed, the temperature of the river bed's bottom (should it exist), and the possible existence of starfish on the possibly existing riverbed. They ended their marriage one hundred and twenty times throughout their lives and each time remarried with a longer list of vows. They were sixty and fifty-eight at their last marriage, only three weeks before Sarah died of heart failure and Joseph drowned himself in the bath. Their marriage contract still hangs over the door of the house they on-and-off shared-nailed to the top post and brushing against the SHALOM welcome mat:
"It is with everlasting devotion that we, Joseph and Sarah L, reunite in the indestructible union of matrimony, promising love until death, with the understanding that the stars are silver nails in the sky, regardless of the existence of the bottom of the river, the temperature of this bottom (should it exist) and the possible existence of starfish on the possibly existing riverbed, overlooking what may or may not have been accidental grape juice spills, agreeing to forget that Joseph played sticks and balls with his friends when he promised he would help Sarah thread the needle for the quilt she was sewing, and that Sarah was supposed to give the quilt to Joseph, not his buddy, ignoring the simple fact that Joseph snores like a pig, and that Sarah is no great treat to sleep with either, letting slide certain tendencies of both parties to look too long at members of the opposite sex, not making a fuss over why Joseph is such a slob, leaving his clothes wherever he feels like taking them off, expecting Sarah to pick them up, clean them, and put them in their proper place as he should have, or why Sarah has to be such a pain about the smallest things, such as which way the toilet paper unrolls, or when dinner is five minutes later than she was planning, because, let's face it, it's Joseph who's putting that paper on the roll and dinner on the table, disregarding whether the beet is a better vegetable that the cabbage, putting aside the problems of being fat-headed and chronically unreasonable, trying to erase the memory of a long since expired rose bush that a certain someone was supposed to remember to water when his wife was visiting family, accepting the compromise of the way we have been, the way we are, and the way we will likely be. May we live together in unwavering love and good health. Amen."

BROD'S 613 SADNESS. The following encyclopaedia of sadness was found on the body of Brod D. The original 613 sadnesses, written in her diary, corresponded to the 613 commandments of our (not their) Torah. Shown below is what was salvageable after Brod was recovered. (Her diary’s wet pages printed the sadnesses onto her body. Only a small fraction [55] were legible. The other 558 sadness are lost forever, and it is hoped that, without knowing what they are, no one will have to experience them.) The diary from which they came was never found.

SADNESSES OF THE BODY: Mirror sadness; Sadness of [looking] like or unlike one’s parents; Sadness of not knowing if your body is normal; Sadness of knowing your [body is] not normal; Sadness of knowing your body is normal; Beauty sadness; Sadness of m[ake]up; Sadness of physical pain; Pins-and-[needles sadness]; Sadness of clothes [sic]; Sadness of the quavering eyelid; Sadness of a missing rib; Noticeable sad[ness]; Sadness of going unnoticed; The sadness of having genitals that are not like those of your lover; The sadness of having genitals that are like those of your lover; Sadness of hands…SADNESSES OF THE COVENANT: Sadness of God’s love; Sadness of God’s back [sic]; Favourite-child sadness; Sadness of b[ein]g sad in front of one’s God; Sadness of the opposite of belief [sic]; Sadness of God alone in heaven; Sadness of a God who would need people to pray to him…SADNESSES OF THE INTELLECT: Sadness of being misunderstood [sic]; Humor sadness; Sadness of love wit[hou]t release; Sadne [ss of be] ing smart; Sadness of not knowing enough words to [express what you mean]; Sadness of having options; Sadness of wanting sadness; Sadness of confusion; Sadness of domes[ti]cated birds; Sadness of fini[shi]ng a book; Sadness of remembering; Sadness of forgetting; Anxiety Sadness…INTERPERSONAL SADNESSES: Sadness of being sad in front of one’s parent; Sa[dn]ness of false love; Sadness of love [sic]; Friendship sadness; Sadness of a bad convers[at]ion; Sadness of the could-have-been; Secret sadness…SADNESSES OF SEX AND ART: Sadness of arousal being an unordinary physical state; Sadness of feeling the need to create beautiful things;…Kissing Sadness; Sadness of moving too quickly; Sadness of not mo[vi]ng; Nude model sadness; Sadness of portraiture; Sadness of Pinchas T's only notable paper, "To the Dust: From Man You Came and to Man You Shall Return," in which he argued it would be possible, in theory, for life and art to be reversed

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