What does boredom do to us – and for us? – Margaret TALBOT

The New Yorker, August 20, 2020 Humans have been getting bored for centuries, if not millennia. Now there’s a whole field to study the sensation, at a time when it may be more rampant than ever. Quick inventory: Among the many things you might be feeling more of these days, is boredom one of them?… Continue lendo What does boredom do to us – and for us? – Margaret TALBOT

Leonard Cohen on Preparing for Death | The New Yorker

Just before Cohen's death, in November, 2016, David Remnick had the opportunity to speak with the masterly songwriter as he looked back on his career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2vh9jjrPFI

“Jacob’s struggle with the angel” (Alec Wilkinson)

THE NEW YORKER, June 15, 2015 The passage that recurs in my life is that of Jacob wrestling the angel. For many artists, it is a metaphor for the struggle to subdue one’s talent so that it collaborates with one’s ambitions to create.  I cannot separate the Bible from my father. In the middle of… Continue lendo “Jacob’s struggle with the angel” (Alec Wilkinson)

“Curto prazo final (sobre E. M. Cioran)” – George STEINER

QUANDO LHE MOSTRARAM um epigrama de uma linha e meia, Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-94), mestre da brevidade mordaz, comentou que ele demonstraria mais espírito se fosse mais curto. O epigrama, o aforismo, a máxima são o haicai do pensamento. Procuram condensar a percepção mais aguçada no menor número possível de palavras. Quase por definição, e mesmo quando se prende estritamente… Continue lendo “Curto prazo final (sobre E. M. Cioran)” – George STEINER