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soracities · 2 months ago
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“There are days when he feels like he’s lots of people at the same time and his brain is more peopled with ghosts than his parents’ house. And he can’t stand any of these people.”
Enrique Vila-Matas, Dublinesque (trans. Anne Mclean & Rosalind Harvey)
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boligrafoestudios · 18 days ago
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✨ summer 2022 goals ✨
Summer has finally arrived (sort of, still have a couple loose ends from this past semester to tie up) and I wanted to lay out some of my goals to maybe hold myself accountable, but also because writing things out usually eases my stress a little, and impending grad school applications are definitely making that stress pique.
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Source of the Day
I love this system and highly recommend for folks trying to move on from that initial research phase of collecting potential sources
Every day, read and write an annotated bibliography entry for one source from my thesis project in NoodleTools
This may feel like a daunting pace to keep up with given I do include weekends lol, but I’ve got a lot of blogs and listicles that I can and want to clear out rather quickly so I can move on to the things I know I need to work with more in depth. Also it’s totally okay to skip a day sometimes, it really is of no consequence
Read at least one of the novels I plan to use
At the moment I’ve got two novels of particular interest, both of them things I would honestly pick up if I were just reading for fun, and I know this fall is going to end up being a really reading heavy semester, so I want to be able to devote myself to these things the way they deserve while I can
Take notes while reading, of course
Draft an initial outline of an analysis based in the theory I’m using as my lens. And try to get at least 5-10 pages of a paper that can be expanded into a chapter and writing sample in the fall
Revisit my abstract
GRAD APPS
Begin drafting personal statements and statements of purpose
This is definitely one of the more daunting parts of the application process to me, so just getting anything, no matter how rough, on paper so it’s not completely ruining my life when we hit November and December would be great
Add to-do list columns to planning spreadsheet
Easy thing I can do and have done and feel accomplished about
Finish looking into potential advisors
Finish filling out notes in planning spreadsheet
Draft emails
Reach out in August
MISC SCHOOL THINGS
Turn in last blog comments for this past semester
This is something that needs to get done this week, hopefully today
Fill out Latin American studies course permission request form
This is actually super cool, I made a whole new course happen just because I asked a question no one ever had before! Big reminder that “you get some of what you ask for and none of what you don’t” will always ring true. But uh... yeah, need to get that form filled out at some point.
Write letter in support of my professor who’s up for promotion
Due July 15th
I’m not going to do any however many days of productivity challenge or anything, given I’ve got a lot of traveling going on this summer and a lot of unpredictability, but I will be posting updates as I go for sure, so come follow along! 🥰
(Also if you are someone who is in grad school for a foreign language atm and you’ve got any tips on the application process, please, I am all ears. Every time I think about the 20 page writing sample one of my applications requires I will admit I do cry, so all advice or words of encouragement are appreciated lol)
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llovelymoonn · 6 months ago
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vicente aleixandre x ana teresa barboza
sound of war: a longing for light: selected poems: "sound of war" (1979) \\ embroidery and transfer on fabric (2008) \\ \\ a longing for the light: selected poems: "the poet" (1979) \\ embroidery and transfer on canvas (2009) \\ a longing for light: selected poems: "the explosion" (1979) \\ embroidery and transfer on canvas (2009) \\ a longing for light: selected poems: "come always, come" (1979) \\ embroidery and transfer on fabric (2008) \\ tragic destiny \\ embroidery and transfer on canvas (2009)
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babyshewalksinbeauty · 2 months ago
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thebluesthour · a year ago
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Strange sea of an intense blue, dangerous like love.
Enrique Vila-Matas, Dublinesque
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whilereadingandwalking · a year ago
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Anne Garréta's Sphinx is an Oulipan novel: it is part of a French workshop that focuses on experimenting with language to find meaning and stretch what language can do (the most famous of these is a novel that never once used the letter 'E'). Garréta, and her translator Emma Ramadan, took on the challenge of constructing a book that never once uses pronouns for the protagonist or their lover. 
The experiment is powerful in its theory, proving it can be done, and challenging the arguments leveled against neutral pronoun use and the 'inability' of escaping gender in gendered languages. And the novel alongside it is one I hope to reread, a book of longing and love and grief, of a DJ enamored with a dancer. 
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ayzrules · a year ago
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The twilight of a misty, gloomy autumn day, followed  by the cold, dark night...They say that joy is contagious, but I believe sadness is even more so.
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, La noche de difuntos (translation by @ayzrules)
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paayaliya · a year ago
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I feel so weary. As if I wrestled with the sea, as if the waves pummeled my body and hurled it against the rocks, and then I, in a sudden fury, grabbed it and tucked it under my arm.
- Dulce Mariá Loynaz, "Absolute Solitude: Poems", tr. from the Spanish by James O' Connor
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wiser-blood · 3 years ago
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Laughing uncontrollably, I push his terrible frustration from center stage. This is how I show my love.
Roque Larraquy, Comemadre
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con-alas-de-angeles · 28 days ago
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You have seen and touched my broken heart and held it in your hands.
Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz, Sonnet 164
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feral-ballad · a month ago
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Pedro Salinas, tr. by Ruth Katz Crispin, from Memory in My Hands: The Love Poetry of Pedro Salinas; “The voice I owe to you”
[Text ID: “I don’t need time to know / what you are like: we knew / each other like lightning.”]
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soracities · 2 months ago
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...to be able to leave behind everything that might cross his path, to be constantly leaving everything behind, to be free and on the move, without ever slowing down.
Enrique Vila-Matas, Dublinesque (trans. Anne Mclean and Rosalind Harvey)
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boligrafoestudios · 2 months ago
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31.3-1.4.2022 [11-12/100]
catching up on the other reading i slacked on during midterms. pictured: “La noche boca arriba” by Julio Cortázar and La voz dormida by Dulce Chacón. not pictured: several others.
🎶 Song of the Day Spring 2022
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criterioncollected · 5 months ago
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No lo sé yo misma. Así, de pronto, siempre me sorprende.
Bodas de Sangre, Federico García Lorca
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babyshewalksinbeauty · 2 months ago
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thebluesthour · 2 years ago
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Pedro Salinas, “Beach”, Seguro Azar / Certain Chance: Poems (versions trans. David Lee Garrison)
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my-beautiful-reward · 3 years ago
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| En la bandera de la Libertad bordé el amor más grande de mi vida | - Federico García Lorca
| In the flag of freedom I embroidered the greatest love of my life |
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The struggle for love and freedom was exactly  Lorca’s own destiny. He was a liberal and homosexual who couldn’t show his inclinations freely in a conservative society. His yearning for liberalism and personal freedom brought his death when he was shot by the Nationalist militia in the beginning of the civil war in Spain in 1936. He was 38 when he died.
“In every other country death is an ending. It appears and they close the curtains. Not in Spain. In Spain they open them. Many Spaniards live indoors till the day they die and are carried into the sun. A dead man in Spain is more alive when dead than anywhere else on earth: his profile cuts like the edge of a barber’s razor.”
So wrote García Lorca in his manifesto Theory and Play of the Duende. So prophetic are his words that he could have spoken them of his own death. It has now been 82 years since the death of the poet, and THE BODY OF THE POET HAS STILL NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED. It is calculated, there are thousands and thousands of people buried in mass graves around the country.
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montalais · 5 months ago
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Me, yesterday: no more books until your birthday
Me, today: look, treat yourself because someone has to 😌😌😌
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[Image description: there's a book over a duvet, which is decorated in stripes: ones are creamed coloured with blue flowers (roses?) along it, while the others are blue stripes with classic, floral decorations in blues, creams and yellowish hues. The book is dark blue; some golden plants can be seen outside an equally golden rectangle, which frames a light gray one, the title, some decorations covering most of the front and a subtitle in the bottom center. The title is "Machado" in uppercase, the decorations are a arrangement of golden wheat and three red poppies. There is a small butterfly in a creamy colour standing on top of the highest poppy. The subtitle reads "poemas esenciales", again in golden letters, uppercase with a smaller font (it means essential poems). End ID.]
In its defense it is very pretty.
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driftlessarearev · 7 months ago
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Translation Tuesdays: Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa @ nyjb
Translation Tuesdays: Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa @ nyjb
“Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa recounts a disastrous event in the past, but it is also highly relevant in this era of disinformation, extremism, and violence.”
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theoptia · a month ago
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Federico García Lorca, from Blood Wedding
Text ID: Do you know the worst thing? The worst thing we can do to ourselves? It’s to keep silent. To keep silent and burn.
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