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Tom Sparks

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.

____________#literature

Tom Sparks

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

 

Tom Sparks

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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Tom's Lisbon List (in progress)

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Toms List

 

I am not one to make recommendations for places that you may or may not enjoy, however my philosophy is walking and wandering the streets will bring unknown treasures to you. I have listed a series of viewpoints and parks that are found in interesting neighborhoods. Your mileage may vary but I enjoyed each and every listing.

 

Parks and View Points (Parç - Miradour)

Miradouro de Santa Catarina (Barrio Alto)

Arco da Rua Augusta (Baixa)

Castelo de São Jorge (Alfalma)

Miradouro das Portas do Sol (Alfalma)

Miradouro da Graça  (Graca)

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte  (Graça Neighborhood)

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (Barrio Alto / Principal Real)

 

Parks or Buildings

Jardim Botto Machado Alfalma

Igreja de São Vicente de Fora Alfalma

Panteão Nacional  Alfalma

Jardim do Torel   Mártires da Pátria

Praça Das Flores  Principal Real

 

Tom Sparks

Bricolage of History

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In The Savage Mind (1962), the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss used the word bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. Bricolage is the skill of using whatever is at hand and recombining them to create something new. [link]

After the earthquake of 1755 rubble from the destroyed building was used as infill, the engineers and architech's developed a technique they named Pamblaino after the ‘Marquês de Pombal’ [link]

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Time Out Market Lisbon

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Time Out Market Lisbon

At dinner time; location

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Black$ea Não Maya Dj´s

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Music from the Barrio South of Lisbon

From across the Tejo river comes a "post modern music", frenetic, nosiey,  rhythmic and infectious this describes the music of three youg men from the ghettos south of Lisbon, known as Blacksea Não Maya. B.N.M release music via Lisbon's Príncipe record label. The three members of the collective live in the Cucena neighbourhood of Lisbon. Below is a link to a photo story about that side of Lisbon not seen by tourist or many locals.

Life on the fringe of society -

There are three ghettos in the southern outskirts of Lisbon which are occupied by the “Santa Casa Misericordia Seixal” (SCMS) institution: Santa Marta De Corroios, Quinta da Cucena Cucena and Quinta Da Princesa.

In the Corroios ghetto live 900 people, 120 registered families, mostly all are Africa immigrants from the former Portuguese colonies of Capo Verde, Guinea, Sào Tomé, Angola and Moçambique.

Here is a DJ set by B.N.M (Black$ea Não Maya Dj´s) downloadable for your enjoyment. Read more about these new artists at MixMag

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