March 30, 2008

Las relaciones amorosas no sólo son importantes debido al acento general que la cultura moderna otorga a la satisfacción de las necesidades ordinarias; también son cruciales porque son los crisoles de una identidad que se genera internamente.

~Charles Taylor, “La política del reconocimiento”

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at the proper time

February 27, 2008

I’m still reading Kundera’s  The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I bought the book in Banff, more than a year ago, and though I really wanted to read it, I didn’t till last week. I’m delighted with it. But beyond the fact I’m really enjoying it, I’m surprised and grateful. It’s amazing the way narrative can illuminate our lives. People say that things come to you in a special moment. Well, this book came to me at a very particular eventful troubled moment, and its pages give rise to thoughts which have really helped me to rethink and comprehend what’s going on.

I reproduce here some lines I liked:

Chance and chance alone has a message for us. Everything that occurs out of necessity, everything expected, repeated day in and day out, is mute. Only chance can speak to us.  We read its message much as gypsies read the images made by coffee grounds at the bottom of a cup.

A person who longs to leave the place where he lives is an unhappy person.

Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.

… when the strong were too weak to hurt the weak, the weak had to be strong enough to leave. 

While people are fairly young and the musical composition of their lives is still in its opening bars, they can go about writing it together and exchange motifs […], but if they meet when they are older […], their musical compositions are more or less complete, and every motif, every object, every word means something different to each of them.

February 18, 2008

A single metaphor can give birth to love.

~Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

worthy enough

January 22, 2008

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All I kept thinking about, over and over, was ‘You can’t live forever; you can´t live forever’.

~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

And since life doesn’t last forever, it’s important to act coherently and do what you are convinced is the best to do no matter disapproval, rejection or idle gossip. Life must be enjoyed.

October 7, 2007

dive for dreams
or a slogan may topple you
(trees are their roots
and wind is wind)

trust your heart
if the seas catch fire
(and live by love
though the stars walk backward)

honour the past
but welcome the future
(and dance your death
away at this wedding)

never mind a world
with its villains or heroes
(for gods like girls
and tomorrow and the earth)

~e. e. cummings

de odres y vino

August 7, 2007

Reading is just as creative an activity as writing and most intellectual development depends upon new readings of old texts. I am all for putting new wine in old bottles, especially if the pressure of the new wine makes the bottles explode.

~Angela Carter, “Notes from the Front Line”

Angela Carter