Link: (really good for learning tarot cards) Video: According to Uspensky, the problem of truth corresponds to the difficulty of communicating it, and even before accessing it. There are groups that man can access, but only in particular moments of life, with the help of internal or external forces. The truth is therefore in everyone (and in everything) at different levels of concentration, through the concentric shells of the various planets. Uspensky does nothing but report the oral thought of his Russian master Gurdijeff. The connections of the Russian vagabond are with Kabbalah, Astrology and Pythagoreanism, just to mention something. Everything is connected:Leggi altro →

Link: Video: Words are symbols, what is their symbolic meaning? Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and the title of the first collection of short stories of 1959 (the same year of the beginning of the late Carmelo Bene) of the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges (I have dealt a lot with the literature in Portuguese, but in Spanish only Osvaldo Soriano and Roberto Bolano). Apart from Argentina, Futbol churns out a biblical Borges, an expert on cabalism and above all capable of dreaming of the unconscious that Jung had previously traced in his manual, written by his students, Man andLeggi altro →

A book that would probably leave a gash inside someone in every age. Albert Camus’ Stranger. I had already talked about the Plague in my previous blog and I will talk about Caligola, a theatrical work to which Camus freely gave the rights of a young man never seen Carmelo Bene, favoring his ascent, when in 1959 we had not suspended performances in Italy. A book that has fostered many reflections, many implicit in Camus’ well thought out story, other explicit, but expressed in no more than one line by Camus which in the Stranger is synthetic and goes straight to the point. By nowLeggi altro →

We must think of a Dutch Tabucchi. It’s not easy. But also Cees Nooteboom [pron. Keis Notebom] is a journalist, traveler and lover of the places where he arrives. Like Tabucchi (and Camus) a perennial foreigner (estranged) who feels his foreign places more than those of his homeland. In fact, while Tabucchi died in his adopted homeland Lisbon, Nooteboom has currently moved to the island of Menorca, where he contemplates nature, the memories of his life (sent as a journalist, he has witnessed historical events such as the Second World War, the French May in 1968 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989)Leggi altro →

If the songs of Bob Dylan were read as a long epic novel like the Iliad, there is a translation worthy of the name, and in fact in Italy there is, divided the study of Alessandro Carrera in three volumes: ’69 – ‘ 82, ’61 -’68, ’83 -2012, described to Dylan’s career: Here all the others: But it is Dylan himself, who received the 2016 Nobel Prize, to have mentioned the Odyssey, Moby Dick and Shakepseare in his training books. With the Homeric poems he shares the fact of being written to be sung in itinerant form in several nearby cities (in ancient Greece)Leggi altro →

On the web I see the forums with many people talking about the difference between fantasy and science fiction. And apart from horror. They launch into Star Wars plot analysis to show that if something is not credible, or if the special effects “betray” themselves because of the era it would be fantasy. Credibility has nothing to do: the pact with the viewer is that we must believe. The difference is actually very clear: fantasy and fantasy are an invention separated from the world; science fiction is an invention that has links with our way. The difference is all here. In fantasy we could haveLeggi altro →

He tried a long time before imagining a trip to the moon before Kubrick and any spatial plan of the U.S.A., in 1902 the French George Melies with Trip to the Moon. Cinema was born in France. The first director to understand that after the scene of the train of the Lumière brothers the cinema had to go in the direction of the unusual because it was a new technique that created a parallel reality. Melies worked as an actor and illusionist and had the idea of ​​reproducing his illusions in virgin cinema, a new means of communication. He imagined crashing a rocket into theLeggi altro →

The master of the modern stream of consciousness is Joyce, for whom the flow is paradoxically made from a fragmented and inner syntax, and used in an abstract way. Faulkner uses it in a different way, focusing on external details in a concrete way (the setting is western) in While I was dying and in his other masterpieces.Leggi altro →

Kubrick, already reader of Nietzsche, ‘discovers’ that man sometimes also wants evil and war is made up of murderers, this seems to lead to a judgment on man: but he denies himself with Clockwork Orange, where freedom is the important element: a wicked bandit is re-educated by the State and at that point he becomes unable to live because he no longer has the capacity to choose between good and evil.Leggi altro →

“Now, when we talk about a synthetic autobiography, which based on its not-being, on abandonment, on lack, cannot but let itself be drawn by the imaginary of this same reality, it means that Otranto was visited by a story that, including the massacre of the Turks, was and continues to be the cult (culture) of all the other stories that that historical event ousted “. Thus begins Carmelo Bene has narrate his life. Perhaps the only Italian anti-structuralist that I happened to meet. A literary encounter like his with Camus (“the first decisive encounter in my life. Albert Camus. Venice. La Fenice Theater. Exterior-day. ALeggi altro →

The ‘maleddettismo’ (the cursed poets) founded by Edgar Allan Poe and his Revealing Heart will end up in the twentieth century in genre literature, both horror and fantasy. Poe is just an unusual narrator (outside of genre literature) and poet in his The Raven, and contemporary of the poet Rimbaud, a damn violent and always drunk, inserted by Harold Bloom in the western canon. The vein in Italy finds its expression only in Dino Campana, composer of the Orphic songs, symbolic but perhaps overrated Italian curser. The fantastic from Dino Buzzati in the tales and in the Desert of the Tartars and from Italo CalvinoLeggi altro →

The love for William Shakespeare and Dostoevsky (from whose subjects he films the Idiot and Bassifondi) make him a cultured director, a lover of theatrical dramaturgy in cinema and the reinterpretation of the classics (in these like Carmelo Bene in Italy), descendant of a family of samurai he devoted himself to cinema and films to samurai themes, such as: Ran (late film inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear), Rashmon (winner of the Golden Lion) and The Seven Samurai, all set in the feudal period of the Japanese Empire. His way of filming is very traditional, but by loving the samurai, his films are inherently epic (soLeggi altro →

Orson Welles, known for Citizien Kane and War of the Worlds, was the first director to use depth of field as a style. We have already said that the depth of field in cinema corresponds to the psychological excavation of novelists, referring to the essay by Gille Deleuze Image-time. Welles, by profession dramatist in New York and illusionist like George Melies, arrives in the nascent Hollywood with Citizien Kane, whose protagonist is the rise of a journalist, told by several witnesses-points of view as in As I lay dying by Faulkner. This brings to the agenda the debate on the rising power of the pressLeggi altro →