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JORGE LUIS BORGES ~ PARADISE

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges

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JAVIER ALISTE ~ PAINTER OF MAGICAL SUBCONSCIOUSNESSES

The artist Javier Aliste searches for the syncretism of our current cultural identity. To find his answers he has been researching the Andean world and the idiosyncrasies of the Amazonian people since 1997. In his work of art he uses sacred chromatic and sacred symbolism, which is inspired on the way people live in South America typically Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Using his heritage of the South American continent – Javier was born in Chile and living in Buenos Aires – where art has always been a mixture...

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JULIO CORTAZAR ~ THE FUTURE/EL FUTURO

The Future And I know full well you won’t be there. You won’t be in the street, in the hum that buzzes from the arc lamps at night, nor in the gesture of selecting from the menu, nor in the smile that lightens people packed into the subway, nor in the borrowed books, nor in the see-you-tomorrow. You won’t be in my dreams, in my words’ first destination, nor will you be in a telephone number or in the color of a pair of gloves or a blouse. I’ll...

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DORA MAAR ~ THE ULTIMATE MUSE

“Dora Maar in her Studio” Paris, 1946 by Brassai She was born Henriette Theodora Markovitch in Tours, Western France to a Jewish family. Her father, Josip Marković, was a Croat architect, famous for his work in South America; her mother, Julie Voisin, was from Touraine, France. Dora grew up in Argentina. Before meeting Picasso, Maar was already famous as a photographer. She also painted. She met Picasso in January 1936 on the terrace of the Café les Deux Magots in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, when she was 29 years old and...

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JULIO CORTAZAR ~ THE BRIEF LOVE/EL BREVE AMOR

THE BRIEF LOVE How smoothly and how sweetly she lifts me from the bed where I was dreaming of profound and fragrant fields, she runs her fingers over my skin and sketches me in space, suspended, until the kiss alights curved and recurrent a slow flame kindling the rhythmic dance of the bonfire weaving us together in flashes, in spirals, going and coming in a storm of smoke… (So why is what’s left of me, afterwards, just a sinking into ashes without a goodbye, with nothing more than a...

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JORGE LUIS BORGES ~ THE SUM

The silent friendliness of the moon (misquoting Virgil) accompanies you since that one night or evening lost in time now, on which your restless eyes first deciphered her forever in a garden or patio turned to dust. Forever? I know someone, someday will be able to tell you truthfully: ‘You’ll never see the bright moon again, You’ve now achieved the unalterable sum of moments granted you by fate. Useless to open every window in the world. Too late. You’ll not find her.’ We live discovering and forgetting that sweet...

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LIGHTHOUSE IN THE NIGHT ~ POEM BY ALFONSINA STORNI

The sky a black sphere, the sea a black disk. The lighthouse opens its solar fan on the coast. Spinning endlessly at night, whom is it searching for when the mortal heart looks for me in the chest? Look at the black rock where it is nailed down. A crow digs endlessly but no longer bleeds. Alfonsina Storni

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THE TANGO ~ MUSIC OF PASSION AND MALINCONIA

SENSUALITY IN MUSIC THE TANGO “A Sad thought dancing” that migrated from the brothels of Buenos Aires to the European dance halls. Several great writers have written tango songs, but the greatest and most profound lyricist is Enrique Santos Discepolo. The man who defined the tango as “a sad thought dancing” , “a mixture of anger, pain, faith, and absence” sings of love, death and paradise lost in radically pessimistic poems that express the despair of the thirties, that “infamous decade” where hopes of democracy gave way to coups...

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LEONOR FINI ~ SURREAL WOMAN PAINTER

La Confiserie (1932) Leonor Fini (August 30, 1907 – January 18, 1996) was an Argentine surrealist painter. Life and work Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she was raised in Trieste, Italy. She moved to Milan at the age of 17, and then to Paris, in either 1931 or 1932. There, she became acquainted with, among many others, Paul Éluard, Max Ernst, Georges Bataille, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Picasso, André Pieyre de Mandiargues, and Salvador Dalí. She traveled Europe by car with Mandiargues and Cartier-Bresson where she was photographed nude in a...

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… SICK OF BEING A MAN ~ BY VICTOR M. ALONSO

Borges said that “beauty is a physical sensation, something we feel in the whole body”; and must be so. The feelings impact us in the solar plexus, the heart, the chest. Now I do not intend to enter into the eternal dispute about the ideal of beauty, I always imagined that it is subjective, despite the canons that the influential mass media seek to impose. What is beautiful to me might be found mediocre by you. However I do believe that there is a meeting point. At that point is where enters into...

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