Portable magic

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live. Gustave Flaubert References Stephen king 2017 Favorites

No wrong notes

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides. Artur Schnabel   References: “The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.” ― Thelonious Monk Photo: Vintage market at Armazém, Porto, November 18, 2017  

Deep red

It seems like I have watched too many David Lynch movies. The dark always brings out the brightest Glow

Why would you walk?

“But ballet itself – it’s important. Dance is important. It’s that language that everybody understands. It’s a powerful tool to open people’s minds. It’s some subconscious thing, a connection we all have. Kids dance before walking. It’s our truest nature of being. It’s true spirit.” He pauses. “And then, slowly and slowly, as we grow … More Why would you walk?

The shape of life

A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew. Aberjhani, The Bridge of Silver Wings (2007)     I could have chosen any of the ones in Porto, but Stari Most was the topic of conversation over coffee today. Some bridges … More The shape of life


AUTORRETRATO      Espáduas brancas palpitantes: asas no exílio dum corpo. Os braços calhas cintilantes para o comboio da alma. E os olhos emigrantes no navio da pálpebra encalhado em renúncia ou cobardia. Por vezes fêmea . Por vezes monja. Conforme a noite. Conforme o dia. Molusco. Esponja embebida num filtro de magia. Aranha de ouro … More Natália


Recomeça…. Se puderes Sem angústia E sem pressa. E os passos que deres, Nesse caminho duro Do futuro Dá-os em liberdade. Enquanto não alcances Não descanses. De nenhum fruto queiras só metade. E, nunca saciado, Vai colhendo ilusões sucessivas no pomar. Sempre a sonhar e vendo O logro da aventura. És homem, não te esqueças! … More Restarting

Saved by Beauty

References Byung-Chul Han I’m writing a new book about beauty. I decided to do it after reading an interview with Botho Strauss. When asked what he misses, Botho Strauss answered: “beauty”. He didn’t say anything else – I miss beauty, and I got it. So then I thought, I’ll write a book about beauty.  “But … More Saved by Beauty