[Literature] The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball’s Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption

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As the 2018 Major League Baseball season, this new book by John Rosengren talks about one of the ugliest incidents (and a legendary moment in their rivalry) between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, and the redemption which occurred between the main protagonists of this powerful story.  John Batchelor interviews Rosengren in a three part interview below:

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[Literature] My Second-Ever Chinese Language Book Purchase

You may have noticed a severe dearth if posts here at AMOT… That’s because I moved to China to do a bit of work. Since I’m here, I thought I’d raid the local bookstore, translator in hand, and see if I could find something that would inspire me to finally learn Chinese. Here is the fruit of my labor – a collection of poems by Li Po.

As for that first book, is was Records of the Grand Historian by Sima Qian.

[Literature] The sentence is itself an odyssey | William H. Gass analyzes a sentence from Joyce’s Ulysses — Biblioklept

Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom have stopped at a cabman’s shelter, a small coffeehouse under the Loop Line Bridge, for a cuppa and a rest on their way home. And the hope that the coffee will sober Stephen up. After an appropriate period of such hospitality, Bloom sees that it is time to leave. James […]

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[Music] Mohammed M’Rabet & Paul Bowles – The Storyteller & the Fisherman


My first introduction to the world of Paul Bowles, as well as the Sub Rosa record label, was through this disc. The combination of stories read by Bowles himself, as well as the artwork and ambiance by storyteller Mohammed M’Rabet, made it wonderful bedtime listening, allowing me to transport my mind to what a hazy, stoned Tangier must have been like in the 1950s and 60s. This aged very nicely.

Sherlock Holmes visto por Jorge Luis Borges

The master speaks!

vicio da poesia

O Meu RevolverDe surpresa, encontro no poema de Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) que hoje transcrevo as razões porque pouco me entusiasmam as aventuras de Sherlock Holmes. Simultaneamente, e pelas razões opostas, percebo como me colo às aventuras deslindadas por Maigret. Trata-se, afinal, e tão só, de casos de humanidade neste último personagem e ausência dela no primeiro.
Humanidade reconhecível, desde logo, nos gestos mínimos de comer e amar, e que em Maigret são omnipresentes tanto no carinho sóbrio com que o personagem Maigret trata Madame Maigret como na presença constante do acto de comer enquanto gesto essencial de convívio e partilha com os restantes personagens que povoam os enredos das histórias.
Nada disto existe no personagem Holmes, como bem argumenta Jorge Luis Borges, pleno de razão, no poema Sherlock Holmes, referindo a sua ausência no personagem:


É casto. Nada sabe do amor. Não quis.
Esse homem tão viril renunciou à arte

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