Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Nunca vas a comprender


Rita Payés * 29 September 1999

Beers & Books CXXXV– Michelangelo Antonioni

Scientific man is already on the moon,
and yet we are still living
with the moral concepts of Homer.
I meant exactly what I said:
that we are saddled with a culture
that hasn't advanced as far as science.

Michelangelo Antonioni (29 September 1912 – 30 July 2007)

Beers & Books CXXXIV – Miguel Cervantes

In order to attain the impossible,
one must attempt the absurd.

Miguel Cervantes (29 September 1547 – 23 April 1616

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Beers & Books CXXXIII – André Breton

There is nothing
with which it is so dangerous to take liberties
as liberty itself.

André Breton (18 February 1896 – 28 September 1966)

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021

Beers & Books CXXXII – Antonio Tabucchi

Like a blazing comet,
I've traversed infinite nights,
interstellar spaces of the imagination,
voluptuousness and fear.
I've been a man, a woman, an old person,
a little girl,
I've been the crowds on the grand boulevards
of the capital cities of the West,
I've been the serene Buddha of the East, whose
calm and wisdom we envy.
I've known honour and dishonour,
enthusiasm and exhaustion. ...
I've been the sun and the moon, and everything
because life is not enough.
I live quietly at home among family and friends.

Antonio Tabucchi (24 September 1943 – 25 March 2012)

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Laughing Lhursday*

Fortune favours fools,
or as a German saying goes,
"Die dümmsten Bauern
ernten die dicksten Kartoffeln"
(The dumbest farmers
harvest the biggest potatoes).

Once again
the old saying
offered me great comfort.

And here to put my genius
into the right perspective.

* [For first time visitors]: Typo in the title? Nah. It's just that
I would not let a tiny T spoil an avantgardistic alliteration.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Beers & Books CXXXI – Frank O'Connor

"No man is ever as anti-feminist
as a really feminine woman."

Frank O'Connor (17 September 1903 – 10 March 1966)

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Beers & Books CXXX – Bernard MacLaverty

„There's nobody can fix this but yourself.
You are the only one
who can make the changes.“

Bernard MacLaverty *14 September 1942

Beers & Books CXXIX – Dante Aleghieri

                        "I love to doubt as well as know."

Divine Comedy
"The secret of getting things done is to act!"
Follow your path, and let the people talk.
"He who sees a need
and waits to be asked for help
is as unkind as if he had refused it."
"The hottest places in hell
are reserved for those who,
in time of great moral crisis,
maintain their neutrality.

Dante Aleghieri (1265 – 14 September 1321)

Friday, September 10, 2021

Beers & Books CXXVII – Mary Oliver

It's very important
to write things down instantly,
or you can lose the way
you were thinking out a line.
I have a rule
that if I wake up at 3 in the morning
and think of something, I write it down.
I can't wait until morning - it'll be gone.

Mary Oliver
(September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019)

Thursday, September 09, 2021

"Massoud Day"

The behavior of the Taliban
as well as their extremist attitudes
do not correspond in any way
with a tolerant Islam.

Ahmad Shah Massoud (2 September 1953 – 9 September 2001)

Monday, September 06, 2021

Beers & Books CXXVI – Andrea Camilleri

Sicily has suffered 13 foreign dominations
from which she has taken both
the best and the worst.

Andrea Camilleri
  (6 September 1926 – 17 July 2019)

Beers & Books CXXV – Carmen Laforet

I write short, my words tight
to the thread of the narrative.

Carmen Laforet (6 September 1921 – 28 February 2004)

Friday, September 03, 2021

Beers & Books CXXIII – Eduardo Galeano

Scientists say
that human beings are made of atoms,
but a little bird told me
that we are also made of stories

Eduardo Galeano (3 September 1940 – 13 April 2015)

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Play it again, Mikis

Thankfully bowing with deep respect.


Mikis Theodorakis (29 July 1925 – 2 September 2021)