Sunday, January 30, 2022

Beers & Books CXCV – Shoot to kill

This book is from 1985.
Today marks the 50th anniversary.
The murderers will probably need no Amnesty.
They will die without being tried.

Bloody Sunday 30 January 1972   

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Beers & Books CXCIX – Alessandro Baricco

 Read the flight of your arrow
if you want to know your future.

Alessandro Baricco
*25 January 1958

Monday, January 24, 2022

Beers & Books CXCIII – E.T.A. Hoffmann

Once you are dancing with the devil,
the prettiest capers won't help you.

E.T.A. Hoffmann (24 January 1776 – 25 June 1822)

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Beers & Books CXCII – Giulio Stocchi

Con questa poesia della tua gloriosa penna in mente
alzo il mio bicchiere, caro vecchio amico.
With this poem from your glorious pen in mind
I raise my glass, dear old friend.

* * *

L’amico che è morto
di notte mi torna
a parlare
Mi chiede notizie
del mondo
che ha dovuto
Ascolta ciò che dico
Poi scuote la testa
e scompar
The friend who died
comes back to me at night
to speak
He asks me for news
Of the world
that he had to
He listens to what I say
Then he shakes his head
and disappears

Giulio Stocchi (20 January 1944 – April 2019)

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Beers & Book CXCI – Nâzım Hikmet

However and wherever we are,
we must live as if we will never die.

Nâzım Hikmet (15 January 1902 – 3 June 1963)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Beers & Books CXC – Jack London

Burning Daylight
There's only one way to make a beginning,
and that is to begin;
and begin with hard work, and patience,
prepared for all the disappointments.

Jack London (12 Januar 1876 – 22 November 1916)

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Beers & Books CLXXXIX – Eduardo Mendoza

La ciudad de los prodigos / The City of Marvels
Un problema deja de serlo si no tiene solución.

A problem is no longer a problem if it has no solution.

Eduardo Mendoza *11 January 1943

Monday, January 10, 2022

Beers & Books CLXXXVIII – Antonio Muñoz Molina

I have spent a great deal of my life
being part of minorities.
Some of the people I admire the most in the world
have had the courage to defend, against wind and tide,
minority viewpoints in those frightening times
when any disagreement with universal conformity
is identified as treason.

* * *
Like a Fading Shadow
The Polish Rider

Antonio Muñoz Molina *10 January 1956

Beers & Books CLXXXVII – Gianni Celati

Nella vita d'un turista che va un po' lontano,
credo che a un certo punto sorge
per forza la domanda:
"Ma cosa sono venuto qui a fare?"
Domanda che mette in moto
il gran cinema delle giustificazioni con se stessi,
per non dirsi sul serio:
"Sono qui a non far niente"
In the life of a tourist who goes a little far away,
I think that at a certain point the question necessarily arises:
"What did I come here for?"
This question sets in motion
the great cinema of justifications to oneself,
so as not to say seriously:
"I'm here to do nothing".

Gianni Celati (10 January 1937 – 3 January 2022)

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Beers & Books CLXXXVI – Leonardo Sciascia

The truth is at the bottom of a well.
You look in a well,
and you see the sun or the moon,
but if you jump in,
there's no longer the sun or the moon;
there's the truth.


Leonardo Sciascia (8 January 1921 – 20 November 1989)

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Beers & Books CLXXXV – Maeve Brennan

"All we have to face in the future
is what has happened in the past.
It is unbearable."

Maeve Brennan  (6 January 1917 – 1 November 1993)

Laughing Lhursday*

In the year 2097 ...

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

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Monday, January 03, 2022

Beers & Books CLXXXIII – J. R. R. Tolkien

It is no bad thing
celebrating a simple life.

J. R. R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973)