"...to enclose the present moment; to make it stay; to fill it fuller and fuller, with the past, the present and the future, until it shone, whole, bright, deep with understanding."

Virgina Woolf, The Years


La tecnología avanza, los valores morales caducan, y los éticos siguen ausentes.



A Banana le gustaría venir a México

Q. You must have travelled to many places already. Where did you like it best? And where would you like to visit in the future?

A. I really loved Sicily. In the future I would like to see the ruins and the desert of Mexico. I also would like to travel all around Hawaiian Islands.

Otras preguntas a las que contesta Banana Yoshimoto en su página oficial son sus colores, películas y músicos favoritos, cómo es que empezó a escribir; hay otras preguntas raras también, como una chica que pide un consejo sobre una relación con un hombre casado.

Acá van unas que me gustaron:

Q. How did you come up with this pen name, Banana?
A. Just because I love banana flowers.

Q. I heard that you have tatoos. What kind of design are the? And on what part of your body?
A. I have one of banana on my right thigh and another one of Obake-no-Q-Taro on my left shoulder.

Q. What is your favourite season? And why?
A. Summer. Because I love the sea.

Q. Is there any particular reason why there are often deaths described in your novels?
A. Death attracts me the most as a big motif for a writer to investigate for life.

Q. How did you spend your school days?
A. I didn't do much sports, just stayed up until late, writing novels. As a result I was dozing in class every day. In addition to that, booze came into my life at university. It's almost like I went to university to learn how to drink. Still I have no regrets about those days...though I wish I had studied a bit harder then.

Q. Why do you describe supernatural power such as premonitory dreams? Have you experienced such power yourself?
A. I don't have any experience myself, but there are many people around me who have that kind of power. So, I take it rather natunrally. The overall mysteries of this world are one of the themes of my work. So, I take to it rather naturally....

Q. Do you have the problem of discrimination of women in today's society in your mind when you are writing?
A. I don't in my work...though I feel some discrimination occasionally in real life. You may sense it in my books as a result.

Q. What is your favourite colour? And what's the reason?
A. Orange. Because it makes me feel energetic for some reason.

Q. Many depressive things are happening today. How do you think we should live at this time?
A. The only thing that we should have in mind is not to use our time to fear. And we should prepare some specific countermeasures to some extent. There is nobody who has no fear about the future. Thus we should do what we can do now, instead of just worrying about the future in vain. That's what I truly think. One other thing we should do is to look for some friends with similar sensitivity.

Acá los FAQ's en su página oficial



Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up
into fragments by narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, Father, let my country awake

- Gitanjali, Rabindranath Tagore



Ayer fui a ver una peli al Centro Cultural Ágora, inaugurado el mismo año en el que nací (un més después, de hecho) por Carmen Romano de López-Portillo, quien fundó la universidad que muchos años después se convirtió en mi Alma Mater.



I've been thinking, ever since we watched that movie, Powaqatsi, which means something like witch-life or something, algo así como una vida que se sorbe la vida de otros seres para garantizar su existencia. Y ahora que estamos viendo la película de The Green Mile, ver a esos esclavos vestidos de presos y cantando, me hizo pensar en cuando la esclavitud era legal y moralmente aceptable, y cómo el capitalismo se fundó y fundamentó en el trabajo del esclavo, y cómo cuando la esclavitud se volvió moral y legalmente inaceptable... ¿qué más cambió?

Little, I'm afraid.

Un poco más de burguesía, si se quiere, una creciente clase media que ahora disminuye y disminuye.



¿Por qué las historias de amor de Wong Kar Wai siempre son tan tristes, tan largas y tan inexistentes?