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Reading List for the Traveler

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The traveler would be me.

  1. The Book of Disquite  - Pessoa
  2. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago
  3. The Walk by Robert Walser
  4. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

One: I have started reading this book numerous times. Sometimes I open it at random and start the content is in small components like a assemblage of notes.  

Two: Ricardo Reis was one of the 70+ heteronyms used by Fernando Pessoa, Saramago places both Reis and Pessoa in his novel as main characters. This choice is research into two of Lisbon's greatest authors and into life in Portugal in the 1930's.

Three: The Walk extols the virtues of walking without  clear purpose, in the manner of a Flaneur. I m interested in this practice and this ook is considered research.

Four: Zuboff's new book is a dense treatise on modern "Stack" capitalism and the surveillance systems currently built into the commercial internet. Zuboff has her detractors but the threat she discuses is very real.

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Shenzhen and the Future of Chinese Tech

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Shenzhen has been an important experiment for the Chinese since 1980 when it was designated a  "Special Economic Zone". It was created to be an experimental place for the practice of market capitalism within a community guided by the ideals of "socialism with Chinese characteristics

Shenzhen is the gateway between mainland China and Hongkong. The Chinese government  hoped Shenzhen would become the "silicon valley" of China, it has and it seems to have surpassed the American silicon valley. 

Here is a Bloomberg video that highlights some of the more dystopian aspects of Shenzhens development.  I must say it looks shiny and clean.

Video dated Jan 24, 2019 

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Pessoa Infinite Solar System

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"Fernando Pessoa is an infinte solar system, made up of clusters of plaanets near and far, many of them still unexplored, or unknown. His life was a continuous self-dividing into new worlds, which he experiences as a frustrating inability to complete his works. In an autobiographical text written in English he confessed:

"My writings were none of them finished; new thoughts intruded ever, extrordinary, inexcludeable associations of ideas bearing infinity for term. I cannot prevent my thought's hatred of finishing."

via: Ines Pedros - os Lugares de Pessoa

 

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Martin Jay reviews ‘All too Human’ by George Stephanopoulos and ‘No One Left to Lie to’ by Christopher Hitchens · LRB 29 July 1999 https://www.lrb.co.uk/v21/n15/martin-jay/mendacious-flowers

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House in Ajuda / SMG Arquitectos

Article in Arch Daily about a house remodel in Adjuda. 

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Cook this: Slow-cooked chicken with a crisp corn crust from Ottolenghi Simple | National Post

Yotam Ottolenghi’s slow-cooked chicken with a crisp corn crust is serious comfort food. The filling is rich with peppers and dark chocolate, and the light topping gluten-free by nature.

“It’s the Mexican-North African equivalent of a shepherd’s pie in the sense that you’ve got a crust and you’ve got something bubbling underneath,” says Ottolenghi. “It’s really rich and wonderful in winter, and you can cook it in the winter because it’s absolutely fine with frozen corn as well as fresh corn.”

If you’d like to make this warming dish head, he suggests cooking the chicken up to three days in advance (or a month if freezing; defrost fully before using) but prepare the corn batter fresh and pour over the filling immediately prior to baking.

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Bolthole: a hole or burrow by which a rabbit or other wild animal can escape.

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