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Blog do escritor Luís Soares

A Hidden Life

Based on real events, from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.

Little Women

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms -- is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.

Wendell Berry - Questionnaire

1. How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

2. For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

3. What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.

4. In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

5. State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security,
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill. 

Carol Muske-Dukes - No Hands

He rode “no hands,” speeding
headlong down the hill near
our house, his arms extended,

held rigid away from his body,
our small daughter behind him 
on the bike in her yellow sunsuit,

bareheaded. She held on to him 
for her life. I watched them from 
above—helpless failed brake.

Far below us, a stop sign rose
like a child’s toy shield. He could
not stop, he would not. That hunger

for display overrode danger, illusions
of safety. Even death had less to do 
with it than the will’s eventual triumph

over stasis: how he’d finally fly free
and how she might accompany him,
as an audience travels with a performer,

an object of regard. Downward, fast— 
so what cannot stop holds on, holds on
in a mind flying away from itself, seeking

release from the soul speeding away, yet
staying close as breath, even at this distance.

Current Mood

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries

Richard Wagner (composer)
James Levine (conductor)
Die Walküre, WWV 86B
Jonas Kaufmann
Deborah Voigt
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Metropolitan Opera House, New York, United States

Frank O'Hara - As Planned

After the first glass of vodka
you can accept just about anything
of life even your own mysteriousness
you think it is nice that a box
of matches is purple and brown and is called
La Petite and comes from Sweden
for they are words that you know and that
is all you know words not their feelings
or what they mean and you write because
you know them not because you understand them
because you don’t you are stupid and lazy
and will never be great but you do
what you know because what else is there?

White Noise

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Photographer Jesse Diamond was coming off a divorce, and struggling with loneliness and uncertainty when he began making the black-and-white photographs that comprise his forthcoming book, White Noise (minor matters). Without realizing why, he was drawn to compositions that set lone figures in empty spaces, and to crowded scenes. Looking back, Diamond writes, his attraction to the scenes he captured relates to his childhood on the road with his musician father. “To this day, I find comfort in being alone within a vast space, and I also feel very much at home in large, crowded surroundings.”

He was despised

G.F. Handel (1685-1759) - Aria "He was despised" from "Messiah" HWV56.

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir - 22.12.2018

Martin Haselböck – conductor
Bartosz Michałowski – choir director
Sunhae Im – soprano
Jakub Józef Orliński – countertenor
Samuel Boden – tenor
José Antonio López – baritone

Check the full recording of the concert in the Warsaw Philharmonic:
Messiah part 1:
Messiah part 2: