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About Beethoven’s Last Night

I have already written about my peculiar relationship with music. Exceptions are usually songs that tell stories. I’m not the right person to assess musical quality, but stories are my life, so it does not surprise me that a song which incorporates a narrative catches my attention. I am not necessarily talking about a musical […]

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The Art Without a Name

I am always the odd one out when it comes to music. Most songs fail to make an impression on me. Friends and family will rattle off the name of the tracks playing on the radio, and identify the artists performing them, and I’ll be clueless.  The same thing happens with movies. I know the […]

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Language Is a Phantom Limb

I struggled to decide whether I should write in English or Portuguese.  English is the obvious lingua franca of the internet, and that’s where most of my works are published. There’s more competition for attention, but also a broader audience.  I eventually decided to write in both languages, and, whenever possible, to write the same […]

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The Beautiful and the Beastly

I’m tired of the need to justify stuff. It’s not real art if you have to make it about something. If you have to make it about human rights, or cat rights, or deliver a point, or make it political.  “Everything is political!” They shout. Bullshit. Art can be political, sure. If you say otherwise, […]