Running Over Laziness
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
20h ago
It is simply delicious the sensation we experience when, faced with a complex task that needs to be redone due to a small mistake, having our mind against us, which points out endless reasons to get rid of the new effort, we run over our laziness, redo the task and, finally, we are rewarded with a much better result than the previous one. It is curious to note how virtuous and decisive initiative is in these cases. The problem arises, everything seems to advise us to avoid the new effort; and, if we do, a long remorse follows from the failure, coming from not having done it better. On the othe ..read more
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The Temple of Literary Glory
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
2d ago
According to Schopenhauer, out of d’Alembert’s pen came this beautiful reflection on the “temple of literary glory”: L’intérieur du temple n’est habité que par des morts qui n’y étaient pas de leur vivant, et par quelques vivants que l’on met à la porte, pour la plupart, dès qu’ils sont morts. What a thing! And worse is to note the very rare exceptions to this rule. The most obvious conclusion is that of Cioran, Valéry, Volaire, that success is a true disgrace for the artist. But when we inquire into the reason for such a deduction, we are led to admit that there is nothing more beneficial ..read more
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It Is the Stones that Define the Value
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
3d ago
When we notice examples as common as Augusto dos Anjos’, that is, examples of a mind that sprouts luminous and independent, seeming to ignore, if not pretermit what is considered fundamental, and we notice reactions that usually accompany this phenomenon, we are inclined to conclude that it is the stones that define an artist’s value. It is curious how individuality always, always seems to demand detachment. Individuality that can also be called essence or identity. And even the artists who, at a given moment, give in to these joint idealizations, to this applause-generating conformity, have t ..read more
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The Artist Individualizes Himself in the Expression
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
4d ago
If the artist limits himself, as many have said, to giving new forms to old ideas, it must be concluded that he individualizes himself in the expression. There is some truth in the assertion of many writers that a narrative boils down to the action arc, with everything else being secondary. However, it should be noted that the plot gives us a mostly vague view of the artist, who cannot be summarized in a diagram. To see him, to know him, to identify him, we need to see how he expresses himself, not what is being expressed. We can see this even in an emblematic example like Dostoevsky, whose wo ..read more
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Again the “Creative Block”
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
It is laughable the lack of creativity of these screenwriters who, when portraying a writer, must necessarily describe a period in which he experiences the much discussed, romanticized and ridiculous “creative block”. All professionals in all areas have processes, methods, a work system that allows them to obtain results despite mood and creative swings; except, of course, this stupid writer, who insists on sitting down every day in front of a white canvas, with absolutely nothing planned. It is regrettable to say it but, unfortunately, this so-called “creative block” simply does not exist for ..read more
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At the Same Time that Prudence…
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
At the same time that prudence demands attention to the future, peace refuses to appear in the mental room where it is present. The future, coldly analyzed, is the end and the possibility of the end. In a lower instance, it is the present uncertainty materializing into a nightmare. For there to be peace, there must be no apprehension, and apprehension can hardly be avoided when one glimpses tomorrow. In part, the tranquility of the Buddhist who has nothing and fears nothing is understandable; but unless there is a total break with attachments, something almost fanciful, it does not seem possib ..read more
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The Harbinger of the Fall
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
There is a very interesting passage in My first wife, in which Wassermann describes the psychological state that foreshadowed his protagonist’s downfall: at a certain point, he began to idealize a real person, that is, he began to confuse a living person with an imaginary creation. It is curious that Wassermann supposes such a slip is a weakness of writers, who are used to making characters out of real beings. Wassermann is wrong, although the supposition is interesting. But this trap is not only meant for writers: the one who fell into it was not Alexander the writer, but Alexander the man. T ..read more
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My First Wife, by Jakob Wassermann
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
It is always a pleasure to come into contact with a living spirit like this Jakob Wassermann. If historian Peter de Mendelssohn’s statement that the novel translated as My first wife “is a work of exactest, most scrupulous autobiography”, “authentic to the last detail” is correct, one cannot help but read it with special attention. And there is definitely no stopping the laughter at the meticulous descriptions of the protagonist’s state of mind when he meets the woman who would destroy his life. The descriptions are so intense that they express, all at once, his psychological turmoil, the desp ..read more
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El Árbol de la Ciencia, by Pío Baroja
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
1w ago
Pío Baroja conducts this novel in an admirable way. It is curious to note how vary the manifestations of an Andrés, although it is inevitable that a character such as this sinks progressively as a result of his inability to stop thinking. Thinking, then, produces a constraint that only worsens with time, finally crystallizing in a declared inadaptation to the world. All this is natural. But Baroja operates, in the antepenultimate chapter, an impressive twist in the plot; one chapter further on, we no longer believe in the outcome that seems to be drawn. Then, skillfully, Baroja shatters the ab ..read more
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The Modern Obsession With Sexuality
Luciano Duarte
by Luciano Duarte
2w ago
The modern obsession with sexuality, which considers it a matter of first importance and cannot bear half a dozen words that do not highlight its primordial character in the human being, only validates the old, very unpleasant and unpopular affirmations of numerous thinkers over the centuries who have noted the greater distance between the superior man and the common man than between the latter and a dog.. There is, to put it like Pessoa, a difference in quality, an inevitable repulsion, and to the former the concerns of the second will always seem contemptible and degrading. Facebook Twitter ..read more
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