Musica nova para mim. A franco-africana Asa

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Descobri essa cantora em um dos muitos periodicos que assino e leio. Descobri que o nome verdadeiro dela eh Bukola Elemide, mas artisticamente ela se identifica como Asa (pronuncia-se Asha). Fiquei sabendo que nasceuem Paris, e foi para a Nigeria – pais natal de seus pais – com dois anos, voltando a franca 20 anos depois para comecar sua carreira de cantora. Canta em ingles e seu estilo funde pop, R&B, soul, funk e reggae. Lancou dois albuns ateh o momento, sendo que  o primeiro, Asa, de 2007, eh considerado o melhor. Mais cru e potente. No segundo disco, Beautiful Imperfection, de 2010, parece que ela dah uma guinada para o pop, procurando fazer musicas mais dancantes e brandas.

Do primeiro disco, gostei da faixa Jailer, que faz uma analogia entre um carcereiro e seu prisioneiro. Musica genial. Vejam:

Apesar do segundo disco ser realmente menos ousado, gostei de The Way I Feel, musica pesada, marcante e reflexiva

 

17 Ways to Seize the Day. Por Roman Krznaric

Artigo de Roman Krznaric, originalmente publicado no blog Outrospection (http://www.romankrznaric.com/outrospection/2013/07/15/1989)

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I’ve just finished writing a new book on empathy, due out early next year, provisionally titled Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution. In my effort to get the manuscript in on time, I’ve been neglecting answering emails and dealing with bills, and my study is piled with bits of paper that I’ve been meaning to file for months. I just came across one of those bits of paper that I’d completely forgotten about. It’s a list of 17 ideas to help you seize the day, which I prepared for a School of Life project a few years ago called Carpe Diem Daily. The project (which is now over) involved creating a website that offered participants a simple daily task where they were invited to snap a photo, make a short video or write a few lines of text that could be shared online with others. So here are the tasks I contributed (along with people like the guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds and the slow-culture writer Carl Honoré). You might consider trying out a few of them for yourself and posting the results in the Comments section of this blogpost.

1.‘We seem to be suffering from an empathy deficit – our ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, to see the world through those who are different from us.’ – Barack Obama. Take one photo of empathy, and one of its absence.

2.‘The hidden thoughts in other people’s heads are the great darkness that surrounds us,’ writes the historian of conversation Theodore Zeldin. Have a conversation with a stranger today. Write one thing about it that surprised you.

3.The ancient Greeks had six different words for love. Video yourself telling the world your 30-second definition of love.

4.‘To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.’ – Oscar Wilde. Phone somebody in your family and apologise for something you’ve been meaning to apologise about for a long time. Tell us what happened.

5.‘You are what you eat,’ wrote the eighteenth-century gastronomic philosopher Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Tell us what the contents of your fridge reveals about your personality.

6.According to the philosopher A.C. Grayling: ‘If there is anything worth fearing in the world, it is living in such a way that gives one cause for regret in the end.’ Write your own obituary in 50 words or less.

7.‘Be the change you want to see in the world.’ – Mahatma Gandhi. Photograph something you want to change.

8.‘Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.’ – Aristotle. Send a postcard to a friend you have lost touch with. Take a photo of what you wrote and send it in.

9.One thing we all have in common is that we have all been children. Yet we easily forget how differently children see the world. Record a sound that would intrigue a five-year-old.

10.‘If the diver always thought of the shark, he would never lay hands on the pearl,’ said the medieval Persian philosopher Sa’di. Which of your fears would you most like to overcome?

11.In 1492 the Moorish King Boabdil wept when he was forced to hand over the keys of the beautiful Spanish city of Granada to the invading Christians from the north. Tell us what makes you cry.

12.If you lived a hundred years from now, what would be your biggest worry in life?

13.Do you think it is better to be a high achiever or a wide achiever? Give us your thoughts in under 50 words.

14.‘Man is a tool-making animal,’ said Benjamin Franklin. Photograph the main tool you use to do your work.

15.Communities are disintegrating all around us. Or are they? Photograph the best and worst of the street you live in.

16.‘Dreams are often most profound when they seem most crazy.’ – Sigmund Freud. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you want to be?

17.‘Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who have need of man’s help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it,’ wrote the humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. Tell us one thing you would give up to make the world a better place.

Mike Patton em italiano

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Mike Patton é mais lembrado como vocalista da finada banda Faith No More. Particularmente aqui no Brasil, onde a banda, na época pouca conhecida pelo menos para nós, fez uma apresentação arrasadora em um festival de rock (não me lembro mais qual). Com o fim do Faith, Patton formou ainda as bandas Mr. Bungle e Peeping Tom, tendo ainda uma dezena de projetos paralelos.

Nenhum desses projetos deu a ele a notoriedade e a exposição de seus tempos do Faith, mas a a amplitude e versatilidade vocal de Patton nunca deixaram de ser notadas. É realmente impressionante. Exemplos disso são seus covers arrasadores para I Started a Joke, dos Bee Gees e Easy, dos Commodores.

Além de todos seus trabalhos com bandas, Patton lançou três discos solo. Se os primeiros dois – Adults Themes for Voice, de 1996 e Pranzo Oltranzista, de 1997 – mostravam já um experimentalismo cada vez mais radicalizado, seu terceiro álbum solo Mondo Cane, lançado apenas em 2010, após um hiato considerável, prometia mais diversidade.

Não deixou de ser surpreendente, mas não na direção que se pensava.  No disco, Patton interpreta canções populares italianas dos anos 50 e 60, acompanhado de grande orquestra. É um percurso (i)lógico de um magnífico, descomprometido e tentacular artista.
mp2A relação de Mike Patton com a cultura italiana não é recente, sendo que ele inclusive foi casado por anos com uma italiana. Neste sentido, a escolha dos temas é tão precisa quanto variada e ele está longe de decepcionar na interpretação em italiano. A dicção é perfeita. O que difere Mondo Cane de um simples disco de covers é a versatilidade e o toque muito próprio que o cantor confere às canções. Pegando em melodias charmosas, românticas e até mais sombrias, de roupagem predominantemente jazzística e easy listening, Patton consegue sempre infectá-las com o seu talento experimental. Ore d’ Amore é uma canção belíssima, que a voz do cantor torna ainda mais intensamente dramática; o mesmo se passa com Il Cielo in una Stanza.

Che Notte! é música para casanovas, seduzindo pela noite. Senza Fine é um slow que se dança a altas horas da noite e soltado com voz sibilina, intoxicada, que parece escarnecer do amor tanto como desejá-lo com urgência. Mike Patton gerou um disco magnífico, de romantismo distorcido, caricatural até. A voz reina, livre e assombrosa, por entre belos arranjos.

Para a lista de filmes que quero ver: X-Men: Days of Future Past

Essa história de filmes de super-herói gerou meio que uma ressaca. Acho que os primeiros filmes bons, realmente bons de super-heróis foram feitos no fim da década de 1990, começo dos anos 2000. Da minha lista pessoal eu posso falar claramente do choque que senti quando assisti ao primeiro X-Men. Quando o Hugh Jackman apareceu na tela pela primeira vez, caracterizado como Wolverine, eu fiquei pasmo.

Nerd adolescente que fui, lendo comics da Marvel durante boa parte do meu dia e escutando heavy metal altíssimo, o que vi na tela foi a materialização de tudo o que eu sempre imaginei que o Wolverine seria, encarnado.

Daí se seguiram uma porção de filmes de heróis, uns muito bons, outros meio exagerados, outros ruins. Enfim: a indústria do cinema tem uma longa história de deteriorar ideias brilhantes e transforma-las em produtos pasteurizados. Confesso, então, que mesmo filmes de heróis que ganharam boas críticas, como o último Thor, não me motivaram a sair de casa para assistir.

Mas vendo uma das incontáveis listas de filmes que são publicadas cada começo de ano – as famosas “os filmes que você não pode perder nesse ano” – gostei muito do trailer do novo X-Men.

O diretor Bryan Singer, responsável, na minha opinião, pelos dois melhores filmes da franquia – X-Men 1 e 2 -, volta para dirigir o filme que reunirá as gerações dos primeiros filmes com a que vimos em X-Men: First Class (outro bom filme). Na trama, que promete envolver acontecimentos políticos históricos como o assassinato de Keneddy, Wolverine é enviado de um futuro distante para alterar a história, encontrando Xavier e Magneto ainda jovens. Além do elenco de First Class, o filme conta com o retorno de Hugh Jackman, Sir Ian McKellen e Patrick Stewart.

7 Essential Books on the Art and Science of Happiness. Do site Brain Pickings

Artigo originalmente publicado no site Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/01/25/must-read-books-happiness/)

From Plato to Buddha, or what imperfection has to do with the neuroscience of the good life.

If you, like me, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: I’ve sifted through my personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to surface seven essential books on the art and science of happiness, rooted in solid science, contemporary philosophy and cross-disciplinary insight. From psychology and neuroscience to sociology and cultural anthropology to behavioral economics, these essential reads illuminate the most fundamental aspiration of all human existence: How to avoid suffering and foster lasting well-being.

The Happiness Hypothesis

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The question of what makes us happy is likely as old as human cognition itself and has occupied the minds of philosophers, prophets and scientists for millennia. In The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, psychology professor Jonathan Haidt unearths ten great theories of happiness discovered by the thinkers of the past, from Plato to Jesus to Buddha, to reveal a surprising abundance of common tangents. (For example, from Shakespeare: “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” From Buddha: “Our life is the creation of our mind.”)

“Human rationality depends critically on sophisticated emotionality. It is only because our emotional brains work so well that our reasoning can work at all.”

Haidt takes this ambitious analysis of philosophical thought over the centuries and examines it through the prism of modern psychology research to extract a remarkably compelling blueprint for optimizing the human condition for happiness.

Stumbling on Happiness


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Nearly four years ago, Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbertpublished Stumbling On Happiness. To this day, it remains the best-researched yet captivatingly digestible book on the art and science of happiness, exposing with equal parts wit and scientific rigor the many misconceptions we have about happiness, the tricks our minds play on us in its pursuit and how the limitations of our imagination get in the way of the grand quest.

Sample the book’s nuggets of wisdom with Gilbert’s excellent TED talk from 2008:

We have within us the capacity to manufacture the very quality we are constantly chasing.” ~ Daniel Gilbert

The Art of Happiness

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Science may be a reliable source of illumination, but it would be short-sighted to let it completely eclipse centuries of spiritual tradition investigating the underbelly of human nature. There is hardly a cultural figure more revered in that realm than His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Art of Happiness, a landmark articulation of the philosophy of peace and compassion as a foundation of happiness by Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, has served as a powerful guide to well-being for secular and spiritual happiness seekers alike for the past twelve years.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Both timeless and timely in today’s cultural landscape of ubiquitous moral, political and environmental turmoil, where it’s all the more important to develop the skills for finding inner peace amids chaos, The Art of Happinesscaptures with eloquent simplicity the most important point of all: Happiness, like any art, requires diligent study and disciplined practice.

Happiness

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French scientist-turned-Buddhist-monk Matthieu Ricard is one of our greatest intellectual heroes. The son of prominent French philosopher and intellectual Jean-François Revel, Ricard got a degree in molecular genetics, then decided to step away from his career in science and devote his life to the study of Buddhism. His inner scientist, however, remained wide awake as he developed a keen interest in the neurological effects of meditation and mindfulness training.

In Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he distills 25 centuries of Buddhist spiritual tradition alongside bleeding-edge neuroscience and the most compelling findings of Western cognitive psychology — an intelligent and refreshing vision for fusing the life of the mind and the life of the heart into a path of genuine psychoemotional fulfillment.

For a taste of Ricard’s genius, don’t miss his fantastic TED talk, one of our top five of all time:

The Happiness Project

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On a rainy afternoon in 2006,New York Magazine writerGretchen Rubin found herself having one of those inevitable carpe diemepiphanies about the fleeting nature of life and the importance of savoring the moment. Instead of shrugging it off as a contrived truism, however, Rubin decided to turn it into an experiment: She set out to test humanity’s ample arsenal of theories about what makes us happy, from ancient philosophies to pop culture prescriptions to the latest scientific studies. She chronicled the experience on her blog and eventually adapted it in The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun — an enlightening and entertaining record of her journey through awkward moments and surprising successes that together weave a rich mesh of existential insight.

We reviewed it in full in 2009 and, after having the pleasure of meeting Gretchen recently, fully recommend the The Happiness Project as a profound yet pragmatic guide to personal growth.

Authentic Happiness

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Back in the day, we had the pleasure of studying under Dr. Martin Seligman, father of the thriving positive psychology movement — a potent antidote to the traditional “disease model” of psychology, which focuses on how to relieve suffering rather than how to amplify well-being.Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment offers a toolkit for harnessing our core strengths to make everyday interactions more fulfilling, complete with a range of assessment tools and self-tests rooted in cognitive science and behavioral psychology research.

Relieving the states that make life miserable… has made building the states that make life worth living less of a priority. The time has finally arrived for a science that seeks to understand positive emotion, build strength and virtue, and provide guideposts for finding what Aristotle called the ‘good life.’” ~ Martin Seligman

Seligman gives a provocative primer on positive psychology in this must-see TED talk:

The Gifts of Imperfection

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Brené Brown is no ordinary sociologist. She calls herself, quite accurately, a “researcher-storyteller” and her seminal research on vulnerability, shame and empathy has brought about a whole new understanding of an intricate dimension of human authenticity and worth: Something she calls “wholeheartedness.” Her most recent book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, isn’t the self-help bible the title may mislead you to expect. Rather, it’s a treasure trove of insight on emotional health and psychological balance, rooted in a decade’s worth of rigorous research but delivered in a deeply human way. It’s so fantastic, in fact, that when we first featured it late last year, it quickly became one of the most-read, most-sharedBrain Pickings articles in all of 2010.

Brown’s talk from TEDxHouston is our favorite TEDx talk of all time and absolutely unmissable, so we’ll repost it here in case you did miss it:

In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen — really seen.

The Gifts of Imperfection examines one of the greatest foundations of happiness — our sense of and need for belonging, both with others and in our own skin — and brings to it a level of authenticity and understanding that fundamentally changes the way we relate to ourselves and each other.

Zelig – a estética da mentira

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como conhecer as coisas senão sendo-as?

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Após sair da sessão de Blue Jasmine (2013) encontrei uma conhecida estudante de cinema que ao saber que eu havia assistido à recente comédia de Woody Allen comentou: “Não vejo graça. Todos os filmes dele são iguais”. Confesso que fiquei triste com o comentário, pois mesmo com os incansáveis personagens neuróticos, as velhas piadas judias ou as crises do diretor com a psicanálise, eu sempre vejo algo de inédito e original em seus filmes. E Zelig (1983) é extremamente engraçado, repetitivo nas questões judias e psicanalíticas, com a trama neurótica-amorosa de sempre. E ainda assim, Woody Allen é extremamente original – e não seria a originalidade o ineditismo presente na repetição?

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