segunda-feira, janeiro 31, 2011
domingo, janeiro 30, 2011
sábado, janeiro 29, 2011
sexta-feira, janeiro 28, 2011
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet,
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
quinta-feira, janeiro 27, 2011
quarta-feira, janeiro 26, 2011
terça-feira, janeiro 25, 2011
segunda-feira, janeiro 24, 2011
domingo, janeiro 23, 2011
sábado, janeiro 22, 2011
veio de um mistério, partiu para outro.
Ficamos sem saber a essência do mistério.
Ou o mistério não era essencial,
era Clarice viajando nele.
Era Clarice bulindo no fundo mais fundo,
onde a palavra parece encontrar
sua razão de ser, e retratar o homem.
O que Clarice disse, o que Clarice
viveu por nós em forma de história
em forma de sonho de história
em forma de sonho de sonho de história
(no meio havia uma barata
ou um anjo?)
não sabemos repetir nem inventar.
São coisas, são jóias particulares de Clarice
que usamos de empréstimo, ela dona de tudo.
Clarice não foi um lugar-comum,
carteira de identidade, retrato.
De Chirico a pintou? Pois sim.
O mais puro retrato de Clarice
só se pode encontrá-lo atrás da nuvem
que o avião cortou, não se percebe mais.
De Clarice guardamos gestos. Gestos,
tentativas de Clarice sair de Clarice
para ser igual a nós todos
em cortesia, cuidados, providências.
Clarice não saiu, mesmo sorrindo.
o que havia de salões, escadarias,
tetos fosforescentes, longas estepes,
zimbórios, pontes do Recife em bruma envoltas,
formava um país, o país onde Clarice
vivia, só e ardente, construindo fábulas.
Não podíamos reter Clarice em nosso chão
salpicado de compromissos. Os papéis,
os cumprimentos falavam em agora,
edições, possíveis coquetéis
à beira do abismo.
Levitando acima do abismo Clarice riscava
um sulco rubro e cinza no ar e fascinava.
Deixamos para compreendê-la mais tarde.
Mais tarde, um dia... saberemos amar Clarice.
sexta-feira, janeiro 21, 2011
quarta-feira, janeiro 19, 2011
When I look through my own recipe for the perfect cup of tea, I find no fewer than eleven outstanding points. On perhaps two of them there would be pretty general agreement, but at least four others are acutely controversial. Here are my own eleven rules, every one of which I regard as golden:
First of all, one should use Indian or Ceylonese tea. China tea has virtues which are not to be despised nowadays — it is economical, and one can drink it without milk — but there is not much stimulation in it. One does not feel wiser, braver or more optimistic after drinking it. Anyone who has used that comforting phrase 'a nice cup of tea' invariably means Indian tea.
Secondly, tea should be made in small quantities — that is, in a teapot. Tea out of an urn is always tasteless, while army tea, made in a cauldron, tastes of grease and whitewash. The teapot should be made of china or earthenware. Silver or Britanniaware teapots produce inferior tea and enamel pots are worse; though curiously enough a pewter teapot (a rarity nowadays) is not so bad.
Thirdly, the pot should be warmed beforehand. This is better done by placing it on the hob than by the usual method of swilling it out with hot water.
Fourthly, the tea should be strong. For a pot holding a quart, if you are going to fill it nearly to the brim, six heaped teaspoons would be about right. In a time of rationing, this is not an idea that can be realized on every day of the week, but I maintain that one strong cup of tea is better than twenty weak ones. All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes — a fact which is recognized in the extra ration issued to old-age pensioners.
Fifthly, the tea should be put straight into the pot. No strainers, muslin bags or other devices to imprison the tea. In some countries teapots are fitted with little dangling baskets under the spout to catch the stray leaves, which are supposed to be harmful. Actually one can swallow tea-leaves in considerable quantities without ill effect, and if the tea is not loose in the pot it never infuses properly.
Sixthly, one should take the teapot to the kettle and not the other way about. The water should be actually boiling at the moment of impact, which means that one should keep it on the flame while one pours. Some people add that one should only use water that has been freshly brought to the boil, but I have never noticed that it makes any difference.
Seventhly, after making the tea, one should stir it, or better, give the pot a good shake, afterwards allowing the leaves to settle.
Eighthly, one should drink out of a good breakfast cup — that is, the cylindrical type of cup, not the flat, shallow type. The breakfast cup holds more, and with the other kind one's tea is always half cold before one has well started on it.
Ninthly, one should pour the cream off the milk before using it for tea. Milk that is too creamy always gives tea a sickly taste.
Tenthly, one should pour tea into the cup first. This is one of the most controversial points of all; indeed in every family in Britain there are probably two schools of thought on the subject. The milk-first school can bring forward some fairly strong arguments, but I maintain that my own argument is unanswerable. This is that, by putting the tea in first and stirring as one pours, one can exactly regulate the amount of milk whereas one is liable to put in too much milk if one does it the other way round.
Lastly, tea — unless one is drinking it in the Russian style — should be drunk without sugar. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tealover if you destroy the flavour of your tea by putting sugar in it? It would be equally reasonable to put in pepper or salt. Tea is meant to be bitter, just as beer is meant to be bitter. If you sweeten it, you are no longer tasting the tea, you are merely tasting the sugar; you could make a very similar drink by dissolving sugar in plain hot water.
Some people would answer that they don't like tea in itself, that they only drink it in order to be warmed and stimulated, and they need sugar to take the taste away. To those misguided people I would say: Try drinking tea without sugar for, say, a fortnight and it is very unlikely that you will ever want to ruin your tea by sweetening it again.
These are not the only controversial points to arise in connexion with tea drinking, but they are sufficient to show how subtilized the whole business has become. There is also the mysterious social etiquette surrounding the teapot (why is it considered vulgar to drink out of your saucer, for instance?) and much might be written about the subsidiary uses of tealeaves, such as telling fortunes, predicting the arrival of visitors, feeding rabbits, healing burns and sweeping the carpet. It is worth paying attention to such details as warming the pot and using water that is really boiling, so as to make quite sure of wringing out of one's ration the twenty good, strong cups of that two ounces, properly handled, ought to represent.
The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell
Vol. 3, 1943-45
segunda-feira, janeiro 17, 2011
domingo, janeiro 16, 2011
sábado, janeiro 15, 2011
quinta-feira, janeiro 13, 2011
quarta-feira, janeiro 12, 2011
terça-feira, janeiro 11, 2011
Os convidados presentes são, na sua maioria, amigos de longa data: Julieta Santos, directora do Teatro do Mar (Sines), Paulo Correia, produtor cultural, Isabel Silva, do Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes (Sines)e responsável pela exposição «Al Berto – Doze Moradas de Silêncio», João Maurício Brás, filósofo e investigador, e Ana Rocha, autora de uma tese de mestrado recentemente defendida sobre a obra «O Anjo Mudo», irão ler e falar de Al Berto.
Numa noite que se quer de cumplicidade, «O Medo», obra poética do autor (ed. Assírio & Alvim), irá circular pelas mãos de quem o quiser abrir para partilhar em voz alta.
Hoje, às 22 horas, no Botequim, sito no Largo da Graça, nº. 79/80, em Lisboa. Também pelas mãos de uma grande grande amiga. Podendo, não percam.
segunda-feira, janeiro 10, 2011
I'm near the window with coffee,
and the usual early morning stuff
that passes for thought.
When I see the boy and his friend
walking up the road
to deliver the newspaper.
They wear caps and sweaters,
and one boy has a bag over his shoulder.
They are so happy
they aren't saying anything, these boys.
I think if they could, they would take
each other's arm.
It's early in the morning,
and they are doing this thing together.
They come on, slowly.
The sky is taking on light,
though the moon still hangs pale over the water.
Such beauty that for a minute
death and ambition, even love,
doesn't enter into this.
Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.