A rainbow for The Muppets, bottles to the sea

A rainbow for The Muppets, bottles to the sea
A rainbow for The Muppets, bottles to the sea

The book is asleep waiting for the reader. The reader awakens him, returns him to that life that appeared at the time the author was writing it.

I once compared that long dream between the birth of the text and its reading to the journey of a bottle thrown into the sea.

In this case the sea is populated with publishers, distributors, booksellers. Depending on the case: aid or obstacles.

No two readers read the same book. If it is fiction, each one will pay special attention to a character, an anecdote, the language, the tone with which that fiction is narrated. In the essay, an idea, the relationship between two concepts, can enlighten one reader, leave another indifferent.

The mention of a real place, the name of a city, the name of a street, even a date, awaken unexpected echoes in each reader that resonate only for him. The author did not foresee them although he had expected them to arise, since they are the ones that will make his text live in the reader’s imagination.

This is how the speech he gave begins Edgardo Cozarinsky when it was his turn to inaugurate Filba in 2015 (I invite you to read the full text at this link, its title is Reader’s Praise and it’s wonderful).

Cozarinsky died a few days ago and there were several who, in the construction of that clumsy dam that we invented as a containment of anguish when faced with the news of the death of someone loved or admired or both, shared some quote from his books, some anecdote with him, some photo, some words. There were also the noble silences. Someone had the good sense to remember that laudatory speech by readers, and, on my own dock armed with the durlock of the nets, I preferred to stay there for a while.

The speech hooked me above all because, far from solemnizing reading and writing, returns them to their most complete dimension, which is that of chance. Cozarinsky speaks fondly of the cash counters on Corrientes Street as those places where anything that changes our lives can appear; of a good amount of unforeseen events for a book to come out or reach the hands of readers, of his own reading journey that escaped any snobbery, of daydreams, of the unsuspected, of misunderstanding as power.

Far from the seriousness of others who, perhaps out of good intentions, speak of reading or writing as places of refuge or resistance – and in that same act they add a share of avoidable rigidity –, Cozarinsky’s speech prefers to pour water, loosen, desacralize.

Maybe that’s why he thinks of writing and reading as the journey made by a bottle thrown into the sea, like an inopportune throw, as an always fortuitous movement, like a drift that may end (or not) in the most extraordinary scene of all. : that of the castaway who finds the bottle and opens it to decipher what it is; that of the first spark between a lost reader and a found book.

A new edition of Mil lianas begins, full of bottles that come and go for water.

1. Jim Henson: the man and the ideas. “There is only one word for Jim: he is a genius.” With admiration and affection, Orson Welles thus presents Jim Henson in a very strange interview he does with him on a television program. The filmmaker clarifies before the cameras that the activity of Henson, who is a puppeteer and created none other than the Muppets, is admirable. “250 million people enjoy them every week. Maybe because they are so popular we tend to forget that puppets are art,” Welles insists.

The brand new documentary Jim Henson: the man and the ideasreleased by Disney+, It covers the life and career of the artist, who in effect gave life to these unique characters, with a large amount of archival materials.believe Sesame Street (one of the most watched children’s programs of all time) and was also behind film classics such as Labyrinth and The dark crystal.

With address of Ron Howard and the participation of a good part of Henson’s family, as well as former co-workers, the film goes back to the beginnings of this restless and original creator and is dedicated to showing his particular working method, always linked to experimentation, even when he had reached the peak of his career and walked through more industrial corridors in his work.

Enjoyable, at times emotional and full of humorous images of beloved characters around the world such as Kermit the Frog (Kermit for English speakers) or Miss Piggy, In addition to focusing on the figure of Henson, the documentary is dedicated to investigating the often arid paths of creativity.. This film also reflects on ideas, on imagining from unexpected intersections, on attempts, on swerves, on failed plans and on illusions, as if it were an annex to the unforgettable song. Rainbow Connection that Kermit the Frog sings in the Muppet movie. The one that invites you to dream, to listen to an internal voice. “Sometime we will find the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me”says the lyrics.

The documentary Jim Henson: the man and the ideas is available on Disney+.

2. The survey Journalists in the cinema. As we already mentioned a while ago, the site Journalists in the cinema, by Federico Poore and Manuel Barrientosoffers in an orderly and very clear manner a search engine for films that reflect, from different angles, journalists and their work. Film buffs and students of the ways in which the journalistic profession is represented, the creators of the portal made an exhaustive selection throughout the history of cinema that serves as a starting point for those who want to investigate more about the subject. or watch excellent movies (the work is so complete that the database includes which streaming platforms are available for viewing in home format).

Coinciding with Journalist’s Day in Argentina – a forgettable day this year, but let’s leave it there – Poore and Barrientos released the results of a survey they conducted among more than 450 journalists, writers, directors and academics about the best films in the field. . You can read the results here, there are some surprising titles.

The results of the survey Journalists in the cinema you can read them here. More about the site, in this link.

3. Borrowed lives. A classic from the universe of books and readers returned at this time. Is Borrowed livesthe podcast hosted by the writer and journalist Hinde Pomeraniec (yes, also an admired friend of this virtual house). For this new season, there are several new features. In addition to being able to listen to a new episode every Thursday on the usual podcast platforms (this is the Spotify link to subscribe) or on the Diario con Vos page, this year Borrowed lives It can also be seen on YouTube.

The new shipments started with an interview that Hinde did with the writer and journalist Leila Guerrieroregarding the great impact of his book The call (we talk about him here, if you were distracted). As always, there are also the inevitable sections with recommendations, with guests, with readings aloud and more.

The new season of Borrowed livesby Hinde Pomeraniec, You can listen to it on Spotify here and on the Diario con Vos page. It can also be seen on YouTube in this link.

Soundtrack. Pop icon of song, of fashion, of an unfathomable mood in the voice (is it just melancholy? Is it a subtle but non-complaining discomfort with the world? Is it the sadness that emanates from a simple “I’d rather not do it?” ”?), This week we learned of the death of French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy. As a tribute, I selected some songs from their enormous repertoire and added them to our list of shared songs (yes, the one you can always listen to here).

Bonus track. “I want to say something about being declared an outstanding cultural personality. As for personality, who knows? And what’s outstanding… remains to be seen. What is certain is that I was, I am and I will be a fervent promoter of culture. From a very young age, when he bought The paper cricket either Movie time, and cut out and glued the artists’ figurines at home. And that makes me very proud. Much more so at this time, when culture is threatened, at risk, with the possibility that many spaces will cease to exist, such as public radio, Télam or Public TV,” he said. Carlos Ulanovsky during the ceremony in which he was declared Outstanding Personality of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires. In times as hostile as those we are going through, this award to a generous teacher and an endearing guy like him is a joy. You can read more in this article from Página/12 and I leave you the video of the event at hand.

Postscript. Several holidays are coming up in Argentina and this space is going to rest for a week. If for some strange reason you feel withdrawal, I leave some reminders: In this link you can find a guide with the featured series and movies that come to streaming in June; Here you can see a selection of books that are released this month and here you can read all the editions of Mil lianas. I also leave you a song by Françoise Hardy about goodbyeswe will meet again in fifteen days.

Until next time!

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