[Quotes] Pedro Calderón de la Barca

¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí.
¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión,
una sombra, una ficción,
y el mayor bien es pequeño.
¡Que toda la vida es sueño,
y los sueños, sueños son!

Translation:

What is life? A frenzy.
What is life? An illusion,
A shadow, a fiction,
And the greatest good is small;
For all of life is a dream,
And dreams, are only dreams.

[Lit] ‘Dr. Zhivago’: The Classic Book That Was Almost Never Published

Russia bans books and movies from time to time. It takes a lot of cheek to compare banning a literary classic like Boris Pasternak’sDr. Zhivago‘ to trash like Pussy Riot, but this is what one learns to expect from the Huffington Post.

Still, the literary world would have been a poorer place had ‘Dr. Zhivago’ had never seen the light of day.

Read Petra Couvée’s article for HuffPo here.

[Lit/Culture] Why Did Borges Hate Soccer?

I’m ambivalent towards soccer. As a kid, I supported a few teams (namely Celta Vigo and Cruz Azul), but never felt the raging support some comrades who love ‘the beautiful game’ felt for their teams. It was no big deal to me, just something fun to watch.

Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, who witnessed fascism and Peronism destroy his country, makes some valid points against soccer for the same reasons people who become zealots for politics and religion (even fashion, as I’ve seen some women go at it over dresses more than once in my life). It causes strife and division for no good reason.

The New Republic posts the story here.

[Review] Santiago Fradejas – 16 Pieces for Electric Guitar & Electroacoustic Ensemble

16 Pieces for Electric Guitar & Electroacoustic Ensemble by Santiago Fradejas

Because there is so much incredible music coming out all the time, documenting it is becoming a bit of a nightmare. Thankfully, I’m subscribed to enough Facebook music groups to keep me abreast as to what new sounds are popping up.

One of the best new artists I’ve come across is a Chilean composer called Santiago Fradejas. He works comfortably in the fields of electroacoustic music, post-industrial soundscapes, drone, improv and contemporary classical. This particular album really highlights the wide range of genres he’s able to tackle.

Santiago’s work is worth seeking out. It’s my hope that he gets signed to a label who can properly promote him, and soon.

Housekeeping, June 2014

It gives me great pleasure to announce that more and more links are being placed onto the front page of the blog, organized by subject. It is my hope that those who come across the website and blog find it to be a useful source for interesting music, film, literature, art and other subjects.

Should you think of something worth posting here, especially record labels, artists, or the like, do let me know!