Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday's Afterthought & List of Infamous Brazilian Esquerdofrênicos***

Sociology should have stopped short with Durkheim and then we would have been spared a load of bollocks—says an old motto dear to me and Miriam Leitão.

I found this neat sentence in the dossier "Estruturas da Crise Política" (revista Cult, n. 206, October 2015, p. 32 ): 

"... the groups that better consolidated themselves in the progressive side were those that emerged in contexts where there were no real or remote possibility of participating in elections, as in Tsarist Russia... [os grupos que mais se fortaleceram no campo progressista foram aqueles que justamente surgiram em um contexto onde não existia a possibilidade real ou remota de participar em eleições, como na Russia czarista...]" 

What the hell these people have got on their heads I certainly don't know—it seems to me that the slack formulation has clearly gross antidemocratic implications that the author didn’t dare to bring forward. What is for sure is that people who work in this magazine do not tell the difference between hyphens and dashes. I want my money back (the magazine cost me 14 reais)!!
PS: If you really wanna learn something about the hell of being poor in Brazil, or about the "social wall that divides the country," read Ferréz or Rubem Fonseca (they are brilliant and for real; see also José Padilha's Garapa).

The list (under construction):

- Luís Carlos Prestes, for having "shaken hands with Getúlio Vargas," and for having "proposed him a political coalition, a few years after the dictator had handled down Prestes pregnant wife to Gestapo." See Érico Veríssimo, O Tempo e o Vento. O Arquipélago. Vol. 2. São Paulo: Editora Globo, 2001, p. 740.

- Roberto Schwarz, for having published Um Mestre na Periferia do Capitalismo when people had had enough with Ao Vencedor as Batatas, a just reasonable book.

- Márcia Tiburi, for not doing her homework and for disguising under a byzantine flux of freewheeling journalese and pseudo-Frankfurtian jargon so much shallow if matriarchal platitudes of the Paleolithic left (she now fares worse than Habermas as “disciple” of Adorno); 

- Fanny Richard (Marieta Severo), for her orgasmic nymphomaniac death (after two bottles of hooch and many years in the pocket) in the final chapter of Verdades Secretas [Secret Truths] (Rede Globo 2015 soap opera). 

- Geraldo Vandré & Marilena Chaui (said to be the same person under different professionalities).

***Esquerdofrênicos—the word is not mine. I borrow it from Augusto de Campos. It is a pun on the Portuguese words for "schizophrenics" [esquizofrênicos] and "leftists" [esquerdistas]. See Campos' Verso, Reverso, Controverso. São Paulo: Perspectiva, 2009, p. 70 ("Por mais que isso escandalize os esquerdofrênicos, são muitas as semelhanças de temperamento e concepção poética entre Pound e Maiakóvski"). 

PS: Advise from the Council of Old & Not So Dampered International Writers to Presidenta Dilma Rousseff (or whoever assumes her post) concerning Patria Educadora [Educating Motherland]: 

"The fogged language of swindling classes serves only a temporary purpose... A people that grows accustomed to sloppy writing is a people in process of losing grip on its empire and on itself. And this looseness and blowsiness is not anything as simple and scandalous as abrupt and disordered syntax" (Pound, ABC of Reading, p. 33-34).

"A nation which neglects the perceptions of its artists declines. After a while it ceases to act, and merely survives. There is probably no use in telling this to people who can't see it without being told" (p. 82).

List of Brazilian Direitopatas (Right-winger + psychopath):

(Also under construction, but this is longer.)
Don't include torturers, demagogues, politicians, thieves, neither anonymous coxinhas (who in Brazil are legion):

- Kim Kataguiri (Brazilian indeed & not really dangerous despite the name);

- Odete Roitman;

- William Waack, for his no mean achievement in developing a haughty politeness and deep understanding shortsightedness (Globo shooting star, dangerous as a clown);

Bonna Petit!!! (A/Z, 2017): 

See also:
- Who wants to be the World's 5th Largest Economy?
- Brazil After Rousseff's Impeachment, State Violence & the US;
- A Place Where Everything is Permitted;
- Brazil's most recent contribution to...