To say that you hate reading is a pretty stupid thing to say; it’s the same as saying that you do not like watching movies, or listening to music. Of course, you might not like all movies, and it’s all a matter of personal preferences, for some actors or directors, your mood and a bunch of other factors.
That being said, we’re all readers. Yet, some of us have not discovered what they like to read. Continue reading
A brilliant skeptic, José Saramago envisions the life of Jesus Christ and the story of his Passion as things of this earth: A child crying, the caress of a woman half asleep, the bleat of a goat, a prayer uttered in the grayish morning light. His idea of the Holy Family reflects the real complexities of any family, and as only Saramago can, he imagines them with tinges of vision, dream, and omen. The result is a deft psychological portrait that moves between poetry and irony, spirituality and irreverence of a savior who is at once the Son of God and a young man. In this provocative, tender novel, the subject of wide critical discussion and wonder, Saramago questions the meaning of God, the foundations of the Church, and human existence itself.
Nobel Laureate José Saramago is a titan of literature. The quality, originality, and importance of his writings cannot be denied. yet this might be the most controversial of all his novels.
The Gospel According to Jesus Christ is the kind of novel that will make a lot of people want to throw stones at him. Maybe.
Yes, Saramago is incredibly ironic all through this story, yes, he’s incredibly sarcastic when it comes to the rules passed down by some divine power. It is the human aspect of Jesus that he describes wonderfully.
Maybe. Who knows? Continue reading
Sticks and stones my break your bones,
but it’s words that break one’s heart.
So, take care of your words, and how you use them. Be mindful of when you use them and why you use them.
Those of you who do not know who Frederic Beigbeder is, he’s French writer, literary critic and a TV presenter. He created a bunch of awards, was awarded a bunch of awards, wrote some good stuff, wrote some bad stuff, and was once arrested for snorting cocaine off the hood of a car.
He’s become less and less of a rebel, and chose to distance himself from the kind of things that have once made him famous. Continue reading
It seems to me that we spend our childhood building our initial vision of the world. We do our best trying to answer as many questions as possible, and in our eagerness to understand everything around us, we name things and label them and we think that we’re absolutely certain that things are exactly how we see them.
And I also feel that we always return to this initial vision. Continue reading
Five years of daily blogging. Five years of writing essays on life, death, love, inspiration, and the artistic process. The best of those essays, now in this compilation.
The essays in this compilation are not the most popular, they are the ones that I consider to be my best. Some of them, yes, managed to attract thousands of likes and hundreds of comments, others not so much. Yet each and everyone of them are special to me. They represent the way I viewed life, art, love during five years of daily blogging, reading, and living life.
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“All art is quite useless.” – Oscar Wilde.
In a way, I agree with this statement, and I believe it to be an important element of creating and/or consuming art. We’re talking about a multi-billion dollar industry, yet art doesn’t nourish our bodies, doesn’t heal us when we’re sick (physically.) It does nothing to better the quality of our lives in any tangible way. Continue reading