quinta-feira, 27 de julho de 2017

Portugal na imprensa estrangeira - "Sex is just as important to older women, European court rules"


Portuguese decision to cut 50-year-old woman’s compensation over botched gynaecological surgery was ‘prejudiced’, say judges in France

Hoje é dia de Gertrude Stein





"The Most Influential Images of All Time" - 11: Abraham Zapruder



JFK Assassination, Frame 313 - Abraham Zapruder

It is the most famous home movie ever, and the most carefully studied image, an 8-millimeter film that captured the death of a President. The movie is just as well known for what many say it does or does not reveal, and its existence has fostered countless conspiracy theories about that day in Dallas. But no one would argue that what it shows is not utterly heartbreaking, the last moments of life of the youthful and charismatic John Fitzgerald Kennedy as he rode with his wife Jackie through Dealey Plaza. Amateur photographer Abraham Zapruder had eagerly set out with his Bell & Howell camera on the morning of November 22, 1963, to record the arrival of his hero. Yet as Zapruder filmed, one bullet struck Kennedy in the back, and as the President’s car passed in front of Zapruder, a second one hit him in the head. LIFE correspondent Richard Stolley bought the film the following day, and the magazine ran 31 of the 486 frames—which meant that the first public viewing of Zapruder’s famous film was as a series of still images. At the time, LIFE withheld the gruesome frame No. 313—a picture that became influential by its absence. That one, where the bullet exploded the side of Kennedy’s head, is still shocking when seen today, a reminder of the seeming suddenness of death. What Zapruder captured that sunny day would haunt him for the rest of his life. It is something that unsettles America, a dark dream that hovers at the back of our collective psyche, an image from a wisp of 26.5 seconds of film whose gut-wrenching impact reminds us how everything can change in a fraction of a moment.

segunda-feira, 24 de julho de 2017

Corto Maltese - aniversário e filme


Corto Maltese é uma personagem de banda desenhada criada por Hugo Pratt: um marinheiro da Marinha Mercante. Nascido em La Valetta, na ilha de Malta, a 10 de Julho de 1887, filho de um marinheiro da Royal Navy, originário da Cornualha, e duma cigana originária de Sevilha, Corto tem nacionalidade britânica. Reside oficialmente em Antígua, Barbuda, nas Antilhas, apesar da sua única residência conhecida ser em Hong Kong. Diz Corto:

Il mio nome è Corto, Corto Maltese.
Sono nato a Malta, il 10 luglio del 1887, almeno così mi dicono.
Della mia prima infanzia ricordo una bandiera piena di croci e una barba rossa, quella di mio padre. Mia madre? Una gitana di Siviglia. Era talmente bella che il pittore Ingres se ne innamorò follemente, non so se sia vero, lei non mi parlava mai di queste cose.


A primeira vez que Corto apareceu foi no livro A Balada do mar salgado publicado em 1967.

Os 50 melhores discos da música brasileira - 40



sexta-feira, 21 de julho de 2017

Dernière lettre d’Emile Zola à Alfred Dreyfus


Emile Zola ( 2 avril 1840 – 29 septembre 1902) consacrera de nombreuses années de sa vie à la défense d’Alfred Dreyfus. Convaincu de l’innocence du capitaine, il publie son fameux article « J’accuse » dans l’Aurore le 13 janvier 1898. Il sera condamné pour ça à un an de prison par le ministère de la Guerre, et contraint de s’exiler à Londres, il ne reviendra en France qu’un an plus tard. Cependant, Zola n’assistera pas à la réhabilitation du capitaine Dreyfus, car elle n’aura lieu qu’en 1906, quatre ans après son décès.


Cher monsieur Dreyfus,

J’achève la lecture de Cinq années de ma vie, et je ne sais rien de plus poignant, de plus éloquent, dans la simplicité et la concision. Je suis de ceux qui vous approuvent beaucoup de ne pas avoir tardé plus longtemps à nous donner ces pages. Il était nécessaire qu’on les connût, elles auraient manqué au dossier qui achève de se faire chaque jour. C’est un peu plus de lumière qu’elles apportent, elles vont font connaître définitivement. Elles dissent quel homme vous êtes et quel martyr vous avez été. Maintenant, la figure est complète, et d’une grande beauté d’innocence et de souffrance.

La victoire de demain est certaine, ces pages l’annoncent encore.

Avec toute mon admiration et mon affection.

"A Life Lived in Truth" - Ma Jian


Novelist Ma Jian, himself barred from returning to his native China, examines the work and legacy of his friend and fellow dissident, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

For the last eight years of Liu Xiaobo’s life, the Chinese authorities robbed him of his liberty and his dignity. But in the state-enforced silence surrounding Liu’s stage-managed death, the words of his Nobel Prize lecture ring out even louder: “Freedom of expression is the foundation of human rights, the source of humanity, and the mother of truth.”