Books: Axel’s Castle by Edmund Wilson, literary crit—the author wrote a book I’m quite a deep admirer of, called To the Finland Station, which I think absolutely everyone with the slightest liking for History should read. Also reading Italo Calvino’s Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore (If on a winter’s night a traveler). Calvino is perhaps my favourite writer of all times—and even if he’s not, he’s definitely among the best, in my opinion, together with Borges, Kafka, Joyce, Machado, Woolf, Dostoevsky etc. The book is a must read. For absolutely everyone. Go borrow a copy of it somewhere and read it. Now. Oἰδίπoυς τύραννoς (Oedipus the King, bilingual edition), by Sophocles. Considered by many the masterpiece of Athenian tragedy, the play tells the story of Oἰδίπoυς (Oedipus), and a mystery curse that seems to have been cast upon the town he lives in. Breathtaking, in spite of how long ago it was written, and the fact that everyone knows its story nowadays.
Papers: Heavy Metal Music in Postdictatorial Brazil (subtitle: Sepultura and the Coding of Nationality in Sound), by Idelber Avelar, a very enjoyable read from a fellow Brazilian blogger. The paper is written in English, as Avelar teaches what they call “Latin–American Literature,” in the University of Tulane. A very interesting piece, recommended for all heavy metal fans, and especially for the people who love Sepultura. And a couple of others on Greek Tragedy (most of them by Pierre Vernant), and economics of war, prisons, asylums and that kind of environment.