Archive for November 2012

News: Inútil (Portuguese magazine)

This one is for the Portuguese readers.
Inútil (which means useless) is essentially a magazine about literature, photography and illustration and as the name suggests it was an inspiration for this blog’s name. The 4th edition of the magazine was release yesterday in Lisbon. You can buy it by contacting them through the e-mail posted below or you can buy it from a list of restricted book shops.


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News: Michael Jackson's Thriller turns 30

Love it or hate it but when it comes to pop music he is undoubtedly the king. His name is Michael Jackson and today his 1982 album Thriller turns 30, an album that changed the face of music industry.

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O Captain My Captain, Walt Whitman

O Captain! My captain! is a poem by the American poet Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman wrote this poem in homage to Abraham Lincoln after he has been murderer in 1865.
In the film Dead Poets Society the English teacher John Keating (played by Robin Williams) encourages his students to call him “O Captain! My captain!” in an obvious reference to this very poem.
A regular topic in Walt Whitman’s poems is the American Civil War and having that in mind it makes complete sense that the first line is a reference to the end of it. The goal may have been reached (the end of the Civil war and the end of slavery) but many men lost their lives and for that the American hearts still ache.
The poem swings between a joyful mood since Whitman was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln ideals and a mournful mood even though Whitman seems unwilling to accept his death.

O Captain! My Captain (Walt Whitman)

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills;
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won;
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead. 

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Push the Sky Away, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (2013)

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will release a new album in 2013. Their last release Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!  came out in 2008. The album title will be Push the Sky Away.

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Le Grand Ailleurs et le Petit Ici, Michèle Lemieux (2012)

Cinanima is an animation film festival held in Portugal and it is considered to be one of the most important within the genre. The 36th edition of the festival awarded Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici (Here and The Great Elsewhere) by Michèle Lemieux with the Grand Prix.
This 14 minutes long animation film uses a technique called pinscreen which was developed by Alexandre Alexeïeff and his wife Claire Parker. (to know more about this technique please watch the making of the film posted below)

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