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Like this little plant in a sink…

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Sep 14, 2009 in Rants

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…no matter how bleak the conditions appear to be! There is always hope if you want to thrive!

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And that’s all for today!

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The Three Popes for a Cadavre Exquis

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Aug 25, 2008 in Art

This is a drawing for a Cadavre Exquis Project (also known as “exquisite cadaver” or “rotating corpse”) is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. “The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun”) or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. (source: wikipedia) )

In this case, the collective project is a comic book – and I got page 7. (which has some karming resonance, considering my relationship to the “Livraria Sétima Dimensão” – Seventh Dimension Bookstore).

I decided to tighten up all the loose ends done by previous authors, and for that – I included 3 Popes: Innocent (VIII), Clement (V), and Pius (VII).

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This blog has been without updates for too long … And Happy Birthday, Jorge Luís Borges!

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Aug 24, 2008 in Art, Polysyllabic Spree, Rants

Those who follow this blog, have noticed that I’ve been absent, on a small sort-of “vacation leave“.

I just felt tired was just exerting myself too much – doing too many things at once, without enjoying the good things of life. And without resting.

Sometimes I feel like I never get tired. But I had this epiphany when I was reading “Generation X“, by Douglas Coupland. That book has been sitting on my shelf for YEARS (I think it was Nick Hornby who said that some people like to buy more books that they can read, fearing that there could be some day we don’t have a new book to read. Strange, but I can totally relate). Anyway, somewhere in the “Generation X” book, someone says “we spend our youth chasing riches and we spend your riches chasing youth“. I think it was Alex.

And I was like “oh. Shit. This is so right!” Even if many people say that this book is pretentious and boring, I just felt totally identified as an Gen X’er, so it just clicked with borges-001me. Intensely.

Anyway, when i read that, I thought I shouldn’t spend ALL of my youth chasing riches (saying it like that, sounds sort of stupid), and working most of the time and such. And that I should rest a little, enjoy a little of the stuff I like (like spending a couple of hours on the couch reading comics!) – and that meant a period of vacation, away from the computer, and doing stuff I like, squeezing them into my schedule.

But I felt the need for blogging.

So I am back, on the day of Jorge Luis Borges birthday!

And to celebrate that, I post a small drawing done by the master: “fanfarrón de la era dorada” – drawn in 1926, when Borges was 27.

Rilke said that we all are born with a written letter inside us and only if we are sincere to ourselves we could read them before we die.

I don’t intend to let my letter end unread.

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Out of Sync with the Universe

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 16, 2008 in Polysyllabic Spree, Rants

Today, I am feeling out of sync with the Universe.

I wonder if it is my fault. Or the Universe’s. I asked, but the Universe didn’t answer back.

When that happens, I think of Borges.

Jorge Luis Borges, that is.

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Each man is Every Men, each time is The Time. Infinite series of Divergent times, Convergent times, Parallel times. Crossing, ignoring and embracing all possibilities. Are we pieces of a Superior play, ignoring how the game will end, ignoring motivations, ignoring possibilities?

God moves the Player, that moves the Pawn in the present. But what is the present? A little bit of past and a little bit of future.

What if he is right? What if everything is written in some secret place of our existence – someplace undecipherable. Someplace unreachable. What if every coincidence was scheduled?

Maybe you are typing on IRC and when starting a pointless conversation with someone with a cute nickname, you discover your soulmate. Reality and fiction mix, bringing color to those moments in our lives. And something that just seemed innocuous, end up as the most important moment in your life. We look back and we don’t know if we are asleep or awake. Nice, fleeting moments. Was the past really the past? Some good moments look like a dream. But embracing dreams is not bad. When we know if we are asleep or awake and we open a door to new, exciting possibilities. Going abroad, changing life. Embracing change. Adventuring. Is it a conscious choice? What happens if we just go through the motions? Why the paradigm shift? Would that door be the correct one?

But, who knows, Maybe Borges is right and we don’t choose the door,

but

the

door

chooses

us.

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