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Life, Life : Arseny Tarkovsky poems

1 I don’t believe in omens or fear Forebodings. I flee from neither slander Nor from poison. Death does not exist. Everyone’s immortal. Everything is too. No point in fearing death at seventeen, Or seventy. There’s only here and now, and light; Neither death, nor darkness, exists. We’re all already on the seashore; I’m one … Continue reading

The unbearable lightness of being – Milan Kundera

The priest intoned words in a singsong voice, and the people repeated them after him in unison. It was a litany. The same words kept coming back, like a wanderer who cannot tear his eyes away from the countryside or like a man who cannot take leave of life. She sat in one of the … Continue reading


How is it over there? How lonely is it? Is it still glowing red at sunset? Are the birds still singing on the way to the forest? Can you receive the letter I dared not send? Can I convey… the confession I dared not make? Will time pass and roses fade? Now it’s time to … Continue reading

The Tale of Genji: The Sensualist by Murasaki Shikibu

So get this: the world’s first novel came from Japan — and it was written by a woman — and it’s all about sex. Japanese literary buffs and commoners alike are celebrating the 1000th anniversary of The Tale of Genji. The author Murasaki Shikibu (c. 973 – c. 1014 or 1025) was a maid of … Continue reading

Eternity And A Day : Theodoros Angelopoulos / Dionysios Solomos

‘The Easter Day’ by Greece’s National poet, Dionysios Solomos (1798-1857). This poem regained fame and popularity in Greece some years ago with the 1998 film Eternity And A Day (Μια αιωνιότητα και μια μέρα) by Theodoros Angelopoulos, who died earlier. (24 January 2012).   Alexandros (Bruno Ganz) walks along the seafront in Thessaloniki in Eternity And … Continue reading

Zouzou (1934) Film – Josephine Baker and Jean Gabin

  As children, Zouzou (Josephine Baker) and Jean are paired in a traveling circus as twins: she’s dark, he’s light. After they’ve grown, he treats her as if she were his sister, but she’s in love with him. In Paris, he’s a music hall electrician, she’s a laundress who delivers clean underwear to the hall. … Continue reading

The crazy Quilt – John Korty (1966)

“Henry indulged Lorabelle in some of her fantasies, ignored others — and gradually realized that what she wanted most was the impossible: a declaration of love.” CRAZY-QUILT, THE (1966) Synopsis: An idealist (Ina Mena) attempts to cure her husband (Tom Rosqui) of his cynical realism, with little success. Review:  When one thinks of the great … Continue reading

Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher Masoch / Lou Reed and more

“Beautiful, free, serene, and happy human beings, such as the Greeks were, are only possible when it is permitted to have slaves who will perform the prosaic tasks of every day for them and above all else labor for them.” “Of course,” she replied playfully, “an Olympian divinity, such as I am, requires a whole army of … Continue reading

Rostro de vos – Mario Benedetti

Rostro de Vos by Mario Benedetti I have a loneliness so crowded so full of nostalgia and images of you of long ago good-byes and kisses welcomed of the beginnings of change and the last car of the train leaving I have a loneliness so crowded that I can organize it like a parade by … Continue reading

A literate passion: Anais Nin & Henry Miller

“I want to both combat you and submit to you, because as a woman I adore your courage, I adore the pain in engenders, I adore the struggle you carry in yourself, which I alone fully realize, I adore your terrifying sincerity. I adore your strength. You are right. The world is to be caricatured, … Continue reading

Beethoven’s love letter

The First Letter   July 6, in the morning My angel, my all, my very self – Only a few words today and at that with pencil (with yours) – Not till tomorrow will my lodgings be definitely determined upon – what a useless waste of time – Why this deep sorrow when necessity speaks – can … Continue reading

Love of an actress (1928): Pola Negri

Pola Negri (Apolonia Chalupova, 1897– 1987) was a Polish stage and film actress who achieved worldwide fame during the Silentand Golden Eras of Hollywood and European film for her tragedienne andfemme fatale roles. She was the first European film star to be invited to Hollywood, and become one of the most popular actresses in American silent film. She also started several important women’s fashion trends that are still staples of the … Continue reading

Last Tango in Paris…

Lo sai perché mi sono innamorata?– Dillo, ti supplico.– Perché lui ha trovato il modo giusto per farmi innamorare.– E tu vuoi che l’uomo che ami ti protegga e abbia cura di te…– Certo.…- Vuoi che questo forte, ruggente e possente guerriero costruisca una fortezza dove puoi rifugiarti, in modo che tu non debba mai … Continue reading

El Degüello : Reinfried Marass

El Degüello is a bugle call, notable in the US for its use as a march by Mexican Army buglers during the 1836 Siege and Battle of the Alamo. “Toque a Degüello” was introduced to the Americas by the Spanish armies and was later adopted by the patriot armies fighting against them during the Spanish American wars of independence. It was widely used by Simon Bolivar’s armies. … Continue reading

Frederich Von Schiller: “Love and Intrigue”

I’m not frightened. I’m not frightened of anything. The more suffering, the more I love. “Danger will only increase my love, it will sharpen it, it will give it spice. I’ll be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look … Continue reading

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