jueves, 14 de febrero de 2013

Vivamus mea Lesbia atque amemus...

PER SAN VALENTINO, UNO DEI PIÙ BEI POEMI D’AMORE DI TUTTI I TEMPI…                    (ITALIANO) Viviamo, mia Lesbia, e amiamo e ogni mormorio perfido dei vecchi valga per noi la più vile moneta. Il giorno può morire e poi risorgere, ma quando muore il nostro breve giorno, una notte infinita dormiremo. Tu dammi mille baci, e quindi cento, poi dammene altri mille, e quindi cento, quindi mille continui, e quindi cento. E quando poi saranno mille e mille nasconderemo il loro vero numero, che non getti il malocchio l’invidioso per un numero di baci così alto.

Love: Heads & Tails

from: poetry.com


In Love, His Grammar Grew


In love, his grammar grew
rich with intensifiers, and adverbs fell
madly from the sky like pheasants
for the peasantry, and he, as sated
as they were, lolled under shade trees
until roused by moonlight
and the beautiful fraternal twins

Hymne à l'amour (Edith Piaf)

Le ciel bleu sur nous peut s'effondrer 

Et la terre peut bien s'écrouler 
Peu m'importe si tu m'aimes 
Je me fous du monde entier 
Tant que l'amour inondra mes matins 
Tant que mon corps frémira sous tes mains 
Peu m'importe les problèmes 
Mon amour puisque tu m'aimes 

lunes, 11 de febrero de 2013


Polaroids, tattooed memos and memory loss - Christopher Nolan's witty, fragmented tale of violent double-cross probes the deepest recesses of the psyche, says Peter Bradshaw

Christopher Nolan's first film, Following, was an elusive thriller which for all its faults effected a strange tentacular growth in the mind. Even now, I find myself selling it to people in conversation - particularly Nolan's philosopher-burglar, a connoisseur of London's empty spaces, addicted to the transgressive thrill of trespassing on other people's intimate lives. In time, I'm sure Following will come to be seen as an occult classic about the capital city, to be compared with work by Chris Petit and Iain Sinclair.
  1. Memento
  2. Production year: 2000
  3. Country: USA
  4. Cert (UK): 15
  5. Runtime: 113 mins
  6. Directors: Christopher Nolan
  7. Cast: Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano

domingo, 10 de febrero de 2013



In Britain these days a new scheme is being considered to treat patients with mental illnesses. They call it “Books on Prescription” and GPs will be sending patients with depression away with the suggestion that they read a "mood-enhancing" book. Whether the reason behind this is to save money on medicine or to boost book sales we should be alert, because it will be happening here soon. 

In any case, this is just one more reason to consider when picking a book. They do work wonders.

You can click on the links for ideas:



or just listen to the song

viernes, 8 de febrero de 2013

Why is Reading Important for Writing?

So, you have to like reading in order to like writing...

Well, no, that’s not always the case. Some people hate reading, but love writing, while others read as much as they can and love writing.  But why is reading important to any writer? What difference would it make, if any? 

Reading novels can make quite a difference, in fact.  Although reading novels isn’t a necessity, it certainly helps if you’re a committed writer with the aim to publish your novels/stories. Even if you dislike reading, by reading a wide range of fiction novels, not just the genre you plan to write, or what you are used to writing, really does widen your skills as a writer. Reading different genres gives you an appreciation of styles and voices and the unique ways that writers approach their work.

Whether you choose the classics or contemporary authors to read, there is a lot you can learn from them. Consider them as teachers; they can show us everything we need to know about the basics of fiction writing, so it is worth studying them.

Questions to Ask

As writers we don’t just read a novel for enjoyment, we’re asking several important questions as we reflect on the story, such as:

• Did you enjoy it? Why did you like it so much?
• Who were your favourite characters and why?
• How did you feel about the pace, setting and tone?
• Did it make you turn the page and you couldn’t put it down until you’d read it?
• Is there any event you would change, and could you improve it?
• What did you think of the ending – was it satisfactory, did it tie up the loose ends?

By analysing how writers have written their stories, it helps you as a writer to understand your own writing and how to make it better. 

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