"About fiction: reverent reflections on the nature of fiction with irreverent observations on writers, readers & other abuses", de Wright Morris

08.09.13

Um dos livros que li este Verão foi "About fiction: reverent reflections on the nature of fiction with irreverent observations on writers, readers & other abuses", de Wright Morris*. Muito interessante. Tão interessante que irei partilhar alguns excertos no blog. Quem quiser comentar, esteja à vontade...


 

*Marion Wright Morris (06 de janeiro de 1910 - 25 de abril de 1998) foi um romancista norte-americano, fotógrafo e ensaísta. Ele é conhecido por seus retratos das pessoas e artefactos das Grandes Planícies em palavras e imagens, bem como por experimentar formas narrativas. Wright Morris morreu 25 de Abril de 1998, com a idade de 88 anos. 

 

 

 


Morris nasceu em Central City, Nebraska, sua casa de infância está no Registo Nacional de Lugares Históricos. Sua mãe, Grace Osborn Morris, morreu seis dias depois de ele nascer. O seu pai, William Henry Morris, trabalhava para a Union Pacific Railroad. Após a morte de Grace, Wright foi criado por uma ama, até que o seu pai fez uma viagem para Omaha e voltou com uma jovem esposa, Gertrude. Em Menino de Will, Morris afirma, "Gertrude era mais perto da minha idade do que a do meu pai." Gertrude odiava a vida de uma cidade pequena, mas deram-se maravilhosamente bem com Wright, como eles compartilharam muitos dos mesmos gostos infantis (ambos adoravam jogos, filmes e jelados). Em 1919, a família mudou-se para Omaha, onde residiu até 1924.

 

Durante esse tempo, Morris passou dois verões na fazenda de seu tio perto de Norfolk, Nebraska. Fotografias da fazenda, bem como os personagens da vida real do tio Harry e tia Clara, aparecem nos livros de Morris.

 


Morris recebeu inúmeras homenagens, além do National Book Awards pelo The Field of Vision and Plains Song. Foram-lhe concedidas distinções Guggenheim em 1942, 1946 e 1954. Em 1975, ele ganhou o Mari Sandoz Award. Em 1979 recebeu o Western Literature Association's Distinguished Achievement Award. Em 1981, ele ganhou o Los Angeles Times' Book Prize Robert Kirsch Award pelo conjunto da obra. Em 1982, um júri composto por membros da Associação de Línguas Modernas seleccionou-o para o Common Wealth Award pelo seu papel no campo da literatura. 



 

publicado por sá morais às 22:28

Ou como assustar piratas que não são das Caraíbas...

08.09.13

There have been reports of missing Somali Pirates off the coast of the Horn of Africa. Many news sources over look this story but Somali pirates are disappearing, or to say when they set sail, not all of them return.

Tales of ghastly evil creatures lurking below devour their tiny boats and some use ammo too quickly which then can anger those slimy beasts whatever they are.

 

seamonster

 

Perhaps its a submarine, but more likely a living breathing squid like giant sea serpent monster that lurks in the oceans below.

Even the Somali Pirates are scared of the unknown when large vein like tentacles wraps itself around the person leaning over the edge and his team mates can not kill the bizarre beast!

 

seamon2

 

Underwater submarines won’t even tell the general public whats down at those or any depths of the sea. As long as the crew in the submarine keeps provoking those creature things to come up to the surface, its a perfect Somali Pirate deterrant. Its much an easier way to use the beasts of the sea to attack the enemy instead of using regular man power and search and rescue resources need not wasted.

 

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publicado por sá morais às 16:54

Tricia Helfer

08.09.13

publicado por sá morais às 16:50

The Fifth Element (1997)

08.09.13



Let's first get one thing clear: The Fifth Element is the best existing adaptation of a Moebius work, even if it isn't legally described as an adaptation. Moebius may have lost the case that alleged that The Fifth Element is an unlicensed adaptation of his and Jodorowsky's masterpiece The Incal, but in much the same way that without The Invisibles there probably wouldn't have been The Matrix, without The Incal there wouldn't have been The Fifth Element. To make matters even more complicated, director and co-writer Luc Besson also based many of the story elements off of a different French comic called The Circles of Power, a volume of the long running French series Valerian and Laureline, by Jean-Claude Mezieres, who also did concept art for the film.

Despite its complicated origins and legal issues, The Fifth Element is a striking and lovingly designed ode to French sci-fi comics, full of mesmerizing costumes and breathtaking gadgetry. Essentially a romantic sci-fi epic, The Fifth Element is the story of Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), a sad sack taxi driver who used to be a hotshot special forces Major who is forced to realize his potential after a beautiful, mysterious woman literally falls in his lap. It's a typical Willis performance, filled with smirking cynicism and resignation, but like 12 Monkeys before it, it's enlivened by its gritty futurism and apocalyptic plot.

That plot is of course marvelously convoluted, but the gist is that Dallas must protect and assist the mysterious femme fatale who landed in his lap, named Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), and the ancient cult that has guarded a secret about a pending threat to all of humanity. Opposing Dallas and company is Jean-Baptiste Zorg, played by a wickedly campy Gary Oldman, who manages to be entirely menacing and completely ridiculous at the same time. The Fifth Element is by no means high art, but it's a continuously entertaining film that rewards multiple viewings, especially since so much of its appeal comes from the phenomenal design work, which is impossible to take in in one viewing. Like Moebius' art, the world of The Fifth Element is filled with rich, microscopic details and crammed with impossibly fantastic ideas. It may not be a clearcut adaptation, but no other film has quite nailed the tone and excitement of a Moebius work like The Fifth Element.

by Nick Hanover

publicado por Andreia Torres às 16:20

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