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Tycho – Jetty


Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 6 January, 2020Tycho – Jetty

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 6 January, 2020

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Tycho – Hours

Tycho – Hours

Malcolm D B Munro
Monday 6 January, 2020

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Night People – a dance pice seen in Cape Town, 1974

Night People – a dance pice seen in Cape Town, 1974

One of the finest dance pieces I have ever seen, among the hundreds I have gone to over the years,w as danced by a black modern dance company, performing in a white theatre in Cape Town. The conception and skill of choreography was beyond belief and the dancers  were  in step in a way not usually seen in the modern dance world. Yes, I know, there have been, and still are, many excellent, world-class, modern dance companies her in the US and elsewhere. I have have seen many.

I I don’t cry as a man, but I do cry over beauty as with the memory of the wonderful dancing I saw that night, as I listen to the music. Actually, before I pulled up the video of Ellington ‘s excellent performance. 

The dance company chose to dance to the middle section of Ellington’s music: II Movement – Stalking Monster. The costumes the group were red. The tiptoeing and sheer grace of the dancers was something to behold. Aaagh.

It did not strike me then, when the country was under Apartheid, but now I realise that the identification, as suppressed South African clacks, they acutely identified with Ellington;s music, and, though I cannot speak for them, the whole sense of the freedom blacks enjoyed, and still do, in this country , the US.

Memory fails in remembering the dance company’s name. When I remember it, I shall amend the post to include it.

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 5 January, 2020

Duke Ellington – Night Creature Premiere at Carnegie Hall 1955

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El inmortal – Jorge Luis Borges – Audiolibro

El inmortal – Jorge Luis Borges – Audiolibro

Un aventurero en busca de la fuente de la vida eterna. El inmortal de Borges

An adventurer in search of the source of eternal life. The immortal of Borges

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ulio Cortázar: Cortázar lee a Cortázar – Audiolibro

Cortázar lee a Cortázar, es una serie de audios grabados en París (1966) por el Gran Poeta Argentino Julio Cortázar en su voz única, firme e inconfundible.


Con esa erre afrancesada que hipnotiza, graba 12 lecturas de Rayuela, Historias de Cronopios y Famas y La Vuelta al día en 80 mundos que contiene el material.

Es sin duda, un tesoro directo de la voz del autor que es imprescindible para quienes lo queremos tanto.

Grabado en París en diciembre de 1966. Es de notar que las lecturas tienen comentarios previos por el autor.

Cortázar reads Cortázar, is a series of audios recorded in Paris (1966) by the Great Argentine Poet Julio Cortázar in his unique, firm and unmistakable voice.

With that French-speaking err that hypnotizes, he records 12 readings of Hopscotch, Stories of Chronos and Fame and La Vuelta a day in 80 worlds containing the material.

It is undoubtedly a direct treasure of the author’s voice that is essential for those who love it so much.

Recorded in Paris in December 1966. It should be noted that the readings have previous comments by the author.

01. Introducción: 0:00 02.
Continuidad de los parques: 4:57 03.
Acerca de su mala pronunciación:: 8:52 04.
Me caigo y me levanto: 10:12 05.
Filantropía (Historia de Cronopios): 14:09 06.
Correos y telecomunicaciones: 15:22 07.
Introducción: 17:50 08.
Conducta en los velorios: 19:40
09. Capítulo 68 de ‘Rayuela’: 28:06 10.
Capítulo 32 de ‘Rayuela’ (Carta de la Maga al bebé Rocamadour): 29:37

Julio Cortázar, pseudonym Julio Denis, (born August 26, 1914, Brussels, Belgium—died February 12, 1984, Paris, France), Argentine novelist and short-story writer who combined existential questioning with experimental writing techniques in his works.

Cortázar was the son of Argentine parents and was educated in Argentina, where he taught secondary school and worked as a translator. Bestiario(1951; “Bestiary”), his first short-story collection, was published the year he moved to Paris, an act motivated by dissatisfaction with the government of Juan Perón and what he saw as the general stagnation of the Argentine middle class. He remained in Paris, where he received French citizenship in 1981, though he also kept his Argentine citizenship and remained engaged with political causes in Argentina and Nicaragua. He also traveled widely.

Another collection of short stories, Final del juego (1956; “End of the Game”), was followed by Las armas secretas (1958; “The Secret Weapons”). Some of those stories were translated into English as End of the Game, and Other Stories (1967). The main character of “El perseguidor” (“The Pursuer”), one of the stories in Las armas secretas, embodies many of the traits of Cortázar’s later characters. The metaphysical anguish that he feels in his search for artistic perfection and in his failure to come to grips with the passage of time, coupled with his rejection of 20th-century values, was among Cortázar’s central preoccupations. Another story, “Las babas del diablo” (1958; “The Devil’s Drivel”), served as the basis for Michelangelo Antonioni’s motion picture Blow-Up (1966).

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