Posts Tagged: Brazil

The Rumpus Interview with Adam Morris

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Adam Morris discusses Quiet Creature on the Corner, a novel he translated from the Brazilian by João Gilberto Noll, the choices he makes as a translator, and the unique narrative structure of Noll’s writing.

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Writing in the Margins

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Our literature movement was born from a need. People here wanted something to free themselves, they wanted to go to university, to treat their children better, but they didn’t know where to look for it. For Asymptote, Kathleen McCaul Moura examines Brazil’s literatura marginal movement in an interview with its leader, Ferrez. Through popular readings on the outskirts of […]

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A Study of Homeland in Displacement

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To think of Brazil as a different place than I remember it is to think of my unbelonging, as someone out of place in my memory.

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Podcatcher #4: Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

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Jonathan Van Ness discusses his podcast, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness, fierceness, curiosity, and hairstyles.

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Putting Home into Words

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It would have been almost impossible for me to resist Brazil forever. Given my love for black people and fascination with our stories, Brazil’s paramount importance in the historical trans-Atlantic slave trade and its contemporary role as a cultural and economic leader on the world stage, it was inevitable that my travels would lead me […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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This week at Recommended Reading, PEN America offers an excerpt from Brazilian author Noemi Jaffe’s novel Írisz: as orquídeas, which is remarkable for many reasons, one of them being that this is so far the only opportunity to read part of the Portuguese-language novel in English translation. Jaffe’s narrator, Írisz, has fled to Brazil from Hungary […]

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Livraria Folha Seca in Rio de Janeiro was told that a sign about two-time medalist Adhemar Ferreira Silva, who passed away in 2001, violated the Olympic Committee’s advertising policies. Reuters attempts to answer why millennials love buying books. Inmates from Two Bridges Jail are helping the Wiscasset, Maine public library build bookshelves for a used bookstore.

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Subway Stories

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The project brings physical books back into the public’s routine, and in some ways obviates the debate over the necessity or function of the print object. The Ploughshares blog recently featured an innovative project by a Brazilian publishing house to promote literacy on the subway: issuing books as subway tickets!

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This Week in Short Fiction

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The last few weeks have been all about celebrating female masters of the short story. Earlier this month, we saw collections by Clarice Lispector and Shirley Jackson making waves in the literary swimming pool, and this week Lucia Berlin enters with a cannon ball. The three have been soaking up screen time all over the Internet, with […]

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Brazilian Poetry Takes a Weird Turn for the Normal

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Brazil has a nearly two-hundred-year-old poetic history, during which various poets have fought to define Brazilian identity, criticize the injustices of capitalism, and catalog “the joys and miseries of being young in a military dictatorship.” Now that Brazil has become more stable, many poets want “simply to write good poetry. They actually want their work […]

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More on Brazil

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Politicians have given into the demand that sparked Brazilian protests, lowering bus fares from 3.20 reais back down to R$3.00 (about $1.60 back down to $1.50), massive protests continue throughout the country. The New York Times has a good summary of what’s going on, while The New Inquiry has some excellent analysis. Though transportation fares were the catalyst for […]

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Protests Spread Throughout Brazil

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Turkey isn’t the only country experiencing protests right now; people are also gathering to demonstrate in Brazil. Protests began last week in São Paulo when bus fare was raised from three reais to R$3.20 (about $1.50 to $1.60), and have since expanded to the country’s major cities. There are reports of police brutality, and both […]

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Politics Sunday

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California voters may legalize pot. And it might throw quite the wrench in the already complex upcoming elections. In Brazil, a “school of gay arts,” including classes in lip-synching, wig preparation, “hairography,” and “clothing customization.” (via TMN) Some pretty brilliant ideas on how to make CNN stop sucking. (via) Al Jazeera’s take on “the cult […]

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THE EYEBALL: Brazil

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Yesterday I got laid off from my day job at a tech company. This got me thinking about an unpublished essay I wrote a couple years ago about my relationship to the Terry Gilliam film Brazil. Here it is. –Ryan Terry Gilliam’s Brazil I woke in the theater to the sound of my own snoring. […]

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