1. "A principios del siglo XVII escribir para teatro era un menester literario tan subalterno como lo es ahora escribir para la televisión o el cinematógrafo", anota Jorge Luis Borges en el prólogo para la edición de Macbeth por la Editorial Suramericana, publicada en 1970. Unas líneas más arriba hace saber: "Shakespeare no dio sus obras a la imprenta (con alguna que otra excepción) porque las escribió para la escena, no para la lectura".

    Más adelante agrega: “Me atrevo a aventurar otra conjetura: Shakespeare para escribir precisaba el estímulo de las tablas, la urgencia del estreno y de los actores. De ahí que una vez vendido su teatro, el Globo, dejó caer la pluma”

  2. One thing you notice very early on is that conversation is how we become human. The word “infant” literally means “without the possibility of phatic expression.” We begin our lives by being spoken to and then slowly by responding. It’s what makes us come together as a kindred species. Without this dialogue, without this possibility of exchange, part of our humanity — that which makes us truly human — is lost. So for me conversation is a way of going back to that initial moment. Conversation is a giving and a taking, back and forth.

    Paul Holdengräber, The New York Public Library’s interviewer extraordinaire, on the secrets of great conversation.

    Couple with this timeless 1866 guide to the art of conversation

    (via explore-blog)

    Reblogged from: explore-blog
  3. Thelonious Monk - Round About Midnight

    A veces parece fallar la frase, pero en realidad va en camino.

  4. Christopher Hitchens Creates a Reading List for Eight-Year-Old Girl

    One of the last appearances of Christopher Hitchens

  5. brainpickings.org

    "My passions drive me to the typewriter every day of my life, and they have driven me there since I was twelve. So I never have to worry about schedules. Some new thing is always exploding in me, and it schedules me, I don’t schedule it. It says: Get to the typewriter right now and finish this"

    Ray Bradbury

  6. El justo anhelo que todos, pobres y ricos, participasen por igual en la lotería, inspiró una indignada agitación, cuya memoria no han desdibujado los años. Algunos obstinados no comprendieron (o simularon no comprender) que se trataba de un orden nuevo, de una etapa histórica necesaria…Un esclavo robó un billete carmesí, que en el sorteo lo hizo acreedor a que le quemaran la lengua. El código fijaba esa misma pena para el que robaba un billete. Algunos babilonios argumentaban que merecía el hierro candente en su calidad de ladrón; otros magnánimos, que el verdugo debía aplicárselo porque así lo había determinado el azar…

    Jorge Luis Borges

    • La lotería en Babilonia
  7. newyorker:

Early notes on “The Sun Also Rises” give readers a sense of how different Hemingway’s novel might have been: http://nyr.kr/X4TaMU

“At the start, it seems, Hemingway was attempting to write a novel very different from what would become ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ which made his name as one of ‘those ones with their clear restrained writing.’ He imagined a book in which the ‘whole business’ of life gets expressed, in all of its messy detours and associations.”

Photograph by Robert Capa/Magnum.

    newyorker:

    Early notes on “The Sun Also Rises” give readers a sense of how different Hemingway’s novel might have been: http://nyr.kr/X4TaMU

    “At the start, it seems, Hemingway was attempting to write a novel very different from what would become ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ which made his name as one of ‘those ones with their clear restrained writing.’ He imagined a book in which the ‘whole business’ of life gets expressed, in all of its messy detours and associations.”

    Photograph by Robert Capa/Magnum.

    Reblogged from: newyorker
  8. oupacademic:

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    The biopic of James Brown, Get on Up is released in the United States today. Did you know that the ‘Godfather of Soul’ spent time in jail? Or that he learned to play the organ aged eight?

    Gif via Giphy.com

    Reblogged from: oupacademic
  9. brainpickings.org

  10. Through the unknown, unremembered gate
    When the last of earth left to discover
    Is that which was the beginning
    T.S. Eliot
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