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Cartographer Of Distances: Solnit’s Narrative Space

There was a continuity that was my breath since birth, and the anesthesiologist cut that, tied a knot in it, put me on monitors and respirators, then started a new thread, and while I was stopped, the continuity that was my skin was cut, and I was altered, and then sewn shut with thread and knots. There are a thousand stories in which someone falls asleep or wanders off to fairyland and comes back unchanged to find that years, decades, centuries have passed, but surgical anesthesia is the opposite adventure: you go to sleep for what seems a moment, and when you wake up everything is the same except yourself. You have been severed from who you were when you went in and stitched to another destiny and body, saved or maimed or both.

via Los Angeles Review of Books – Cartographer Of Distances: Solnit’s Narrative Space.

Atrapar lo invisible: Waits-Corbijn

Jim Jarmusch: “De las innumerables y heterogéneas criaturas que pueblan nuestro planeta, mi favorita es Tom Waits. Me parece un privilegio haberlo conocido y trabajado con él, así como haber compartido algunas aventuras altamente extrañas e ilógicas. En mi vida faltaría algo absolutamente esencial sin sus creaciones, que son verdaderamente únicas. Sus transmisiones musicales son chispas en mi conciencia y en mi cerebro, donde a veces logran despertar sinapsis que llevaban tiempo aletargadas. La mera presencia de Tom en ciertos filmes sumamente interesantes reverbera en ciertos paisajes que estaban adormecidos en algún lugar dentro de mí. La verdad, Tom, es que siempre tengo la sensación de que andas merodeando por las calles oscuras del patio trasero de mi mente”.

via Atrapar lo invisible, por Eduardo Lago | Cultura | EL PAÍS.


” Whatever the reason, this ignorance of their own city suddenly opens up a space for real-ism: for seeing things, finding out things, that have not been registered before; and for investigation, for solving problems and tracking down causes as in scientific experiment or classical detective procedures. Buthere it is not an individual criminal responsible for an enigmatic crime, but rather a whole society that must be opened up to representation and tracked down, identified, explored, mapped like a new dimension or a foreign culture.”

Realism and Utopia in The Wire, Fredric Jameson


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