Posted by voidmanufacturing on December 8, 2008
I am on a Roberto Bolano kick right now, so excuse this indulgence.
Go and read his books; and, will someone please translate his poetry into english.
Roberto Bolaño belongs to the most select group of Latin-American novelists. Chile of the coup d’état, Mexico City in the 1970s, and the reckless youth of poets are some of his frequent subjects, but he also takes up other themes: César Vallejo’s deathbed, the hardships endured by unknown authors, life at the periphery. Born in Chile in 1953, he spent his teenage years in Mexico and moved to Spain at the end of the seventies. As a poet, he founded the Infrarealist movement with Mario Santiago. In 1999 he won the Rómulo Gallegos Prize, previously awarded to Gabriel García Márquez and Mario Vargas Llosa, for his novel Los detectives salvajes [The savage detectives], for which he also received the prestigious Herralde Prize.
A prolific writer, a literary animal who makes no concessions, Bolaño successfully combines the two basic instincts of a novelist: he is attracted to historical events, and he desires to correct them, to point out the errors. From Mexico he acquired a mythical paradise, from Chile the inferno of the real, and from Blanes, the town in northeast Spain where he now lives and works, he purges the sins of both. No other novelist has been able to convey the complexity of the megalopolis Mexico City has become, and no one has revisited the horrors of the coup d’état in Chile and the Dirty War with such mordant, intelligent writing.
To echo Bolaño’s words, “reading is more important than writing.” Reading Roberto Bolaño, for example. If anyone thinks that Latin-American literature isn’t passing through a moment of splendor, a look through some of his pages would be enough to dispel that notion. With Bolaño, literature—that inexplicably beautiful bomb that goes off and as it destroys, rebuilds—should feel proud of one of its best creations.
Our conversation took place via e-mail between Blanes and my home in Mexico City in the fall of 2001. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on November 28, 2008
A PLAY with a difference has opened in Japan – it’s cast is half robot, half human.
The theatrical production stars a pair of Mitsubishi’s ‘Wakamura’ robots alongside two human actors.
The robots play two depressed household servants who work for a young couple.
But the robots grow tired of their mundane lifestyle and long to break free and see the world
The 20-minute piece titled Hataraku Watashi (I, Worker) was written by Japanese playwright Oriza Hirata and opened this week at Osaka University.
The robots cannot use facial movements to express emotions so instead tilt their heads and make sounds.
The first night of the play received rave reviews.
“You could see the robots thinking about how to respond – you could swear they were feeling emotion.”
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on October 2, 2008
|Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister
By Keith Carman
Motörhead bassist/vocalist Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister is god, at least in the world of rock’n’roll. And these days he’s pretty much single-handedly maintaining the Holy Trinity of rock — sex, drugs and rock’n’roll — with a touch of class. He’s the kind of guy that even rock stars are nervous to meet. He’s seen the Beatles’ first television performance, was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and his tour stories are the stuff of legend. More importantly, were it not for his gravelly throat, iconic handlebar moustache and grinding Rickenbacker bass delivering uncompromised, no-holds-barred rock’n’roll since 1975, virtually any band utilizing distortion and power chords today simply wouldn’t exist.
Even at 62, Kilmister refuses to slow down, touring in support of latest album Motorizer (SPV/Steamhammer) with long-time cohorts Phillip Campbell (guitar) and Mikkey Dee (drums). While Motorizer is Motorhead’s most accomplished and diverse effort in almost a decade, Lemmy understandably feels it’s no different than their previous 23 studio efforts. “Motorizer is a good album but then again, they’ve all been good albums,” he declares in his trademark to-the-point manner, replete with enigmatically dry British humour. “I hope people latch onto it. I advise everyone to buy two copies. You won’t be disappointed. Why not three? They make great coasters if you don’t like it.”
What are you up to?
We’re on tour with Judas Priest and Heaven and Hell. We’re in Oklahoma City.
What are your current fixations?
Women with three tits. You don’t get a lot of ‘em, y’know. You gotta look carefully. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on September 11, 2008
More evidence that we got problems.
Now this is more like it.
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 20, 2008
First test of “psychedelic psychotherapy” since the 70’s. Researchers hope effects will improve quality of life.
Scientists are exploring the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD to treat a range of ailments from depression to cluster headaches and obsessive compulsive disorder.
The first clinical trial using LSD since the 1970s began in Switzerland in June. It aims to use “psychedelic psychotherapy” to help patients with terminal illnesses come to terms with their imminent mortality and so improve their quality of life. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 17, 2008
A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees
It’s common knowledge that the planet is warming, ice caps are melting, and water levels are rising. The international scientific community predicts that a temperature elevation of 1°C will lead to a water rise of 1 meter, resulting in massive land loss and the displacement of millions of people world wide. Vincent Callebaut, a visionary Belgian architect, is responding to this inevitability with his proposal LILYPAD, A Floating Ecopolis for Ecological Refugees. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 14, 2008
Future wars could see opponents attacking each other’s minds, according to a report for the US military. (?)!
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on August 11, 2008
Which one is the robot?
Thank heavens somebody finally came up with an entertaining and modern replacement for those boring old priests that used to preside over these crazy, antique, performance art spectacles. You know, the ones where couples legalize their love with a contract from the state. Look at the expressiveness of the red emoter lights hovering in the midst of its shiny, black plastic, empathy displacement screen.
I wonder what other tricks it can perform? Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by voidmanufacturing on June 28, 2008
Lancet calls for LSD in labs
“Use more psychedelic drugs,” is not advice you would expect from your GP, but that is the call from an influential UK medical journal to researchers. Read the rest of this entry »
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