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Please read slowly

Girl riding a floating bikeBookshop with flying charactersReading a book on the bookshop's cafeSunlight invades bookshelves at a bookstore

I love being surrounded by books and I’m sure you know what it feels like. I’m part of the tribe that smells paper from the cover to the book’s last page but who also buys digital books online and devour them on a tablet. Does this sound confusing or should I say contradictory? Well, I’m not alone. There’s a layer between paper fundamentalists and digital natives, and that’s us: people who bridge the digital and paper worlds, a.k.a “digipaper” people.

At Ler Devagar – I’ll be right back to it, ok? – the beauty of the thing is that there’s space for everyone. The solitary guy/girl who drinks a coffee and contemplates books and is not planning to buy one; the tablet freak who runs through a digital novel; old guard intellectuals discussing how capitalism is destroying the middle class; people who just want to spend a momentary lapse of time enjoying a coffee (we call it “bica” around here); and everyone who’s in the mood to go inside and discover the place.

I’m talking about a bookstore called Ler Devagar (literally “read slowly”) that was born at an old print shop about 11, 12 years ago and wanted to sell those books that one day returned to the publisher’s warehouse and stayed there ignored and forgotten. Later on they moved into a small factory that produced war materials in Lisboa’s East side and back again to a printing-house in 2009, where it still lives. They kept an enormous rotary press, a sort of sleeping giant around which were created new facilities, like CD showcases and listening spots, and the walls are lined with books from floor to ceiling, not only in Portuguese but in many foreign languages.

They also have a busy cultural agenda with activities that can take place in any location of the store: a get-together with an author to read and discuss a book, a concert, an art exhibition or a performance, there’s always plenty of action. But take your time too to miss the action and get lost in conversation, in contemplation or just enjoy reading slowly:-)

Find the spot: http://goo.gl/maps/Mb24O
Ler Devagar
Tues – Thu: 12 noon/12 midnight
Fri – Sat: 12 noon/02 am
Sun: 11 am/10 pm
Bus: 56, 60, 714, 727, 732, 738, 751
Tram: 15E, 18E

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No more excuses. End of story.

book van

Ok, I admit that more than 50% of the books I read are digital, but I still love to touch a book, smell the paper and explore the cover layout. Let’s say I share myself between the two supports. Although carrying a tablet and a book on a backpack it’s not the best way to wonder around town, I need both, love both! it’s the way I am. Always trying to build bridges between different things, people, cultures… Ups, here I go daydreaming.

Anyway this post started because of a mobile library. I was walking down the street looking for an interesting angle or spot to photograph when a blue and white van caught my eye and I thought: oh, it’s so cute! (typical girly expression:-) and decided to take a closer look. Let me present you Tell a Story, a bookshop that doesn’t know “how to remain in the same place” full of books that “want to be read”. Here you can find great Portuguese writers translated into English, French, Spanish and German.

No more excuses, right? Grab a book and take off either with new talents like José Peixoto or renowned authors such as António Lobo Antunes, José Saramago or Fernando Pessoa. Can’t resist quoting Pessoa: “To write is to forget. Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life. Music soothes, visual arts exhilarate, and performing arts (such as acting and dance) entertain. Literature, however, retreats from life by turning in into slumber. The other arts make no such retreat— some because they use visible and hence vital formulas, others because they live from human life itself. This isn’t the case with literature. Literature stimulates life”.
The Book of Disquiet

Find the spot: http://www.tellastory.pt/

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The modernist who lived fast and died young

The Leap of the Rabbit, courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago©

“The Leap of the Rabbit”, courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago©

The son of a wealthy family of landowners in northern Portugal, Souza Cardoso grew up among nine siblings and showed great artistic skills early in life. He debuted in caricature and did preparatory studies in architecture at the Lisbon Academy of Fine Arts, but after arriving in Paris in 1906, aged 18, he shifted his attention to painting.

He contributed to the great movements that emerged at the time as cubism, futurism, abstractionism and expressionism, and shared experiences with people like Modigliani, Brancusi and Delaunay. At the Armory Show in New York, in 1913, a total of eight paintings were exhibited along those of Picasso, Matisse, Braque and Duchamp. But his meteoric artistic career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, which alongside his marriage compelled his return to Portugal where his growing international reputation was less appreciated. After organizing a show called Abstractionism, first in Lisbon and then in Oporto in 1916, he was attacked in print, verbally abused and even physically assaulted by those who regarded him as a promoter of alien values. The country was not ready for him or his ideas.

Amadeo died at the age of 30, victim of an epidemic of pneumonia in 1918. He was the first Portuguese Modernist. His ideas caused outrage in Portugal. He was a pioneer of modern art. He lived and created at the speed of light. He was Amadeo de Souza Cardoso. And now he takes center stage at the exhibition Under the sign of Amadeo – A Century of Art, that celebrates 30 years of Gulbenkian’s Modern Art Centre (CAM), starting of today 26 July until 19 January 2014. Enjoy his amazing talent!

Find the spot: http://goo.gl/maps/lslD0
Centro de Arte Moderna (CAM)
Site in English: http://www.cam.gulbenkian.pt/index.php?langId=2
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
Subway: S. Sebastião OR Praça de Espanha
Buses: 713, 716, 726, 742, 746, 756

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Freshly baked words

Crackberry: used to describe a person who obsessively uses their blackberry’s phone.

Can’t you put down your freakin crackberry for a second…?

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What about getting into suspended mode?

exhibition of lourdes castroexhibition of lourdes castro

How many times didn’t we play with our shadow, which some times grows up, sometimes gets smaller… How many times didn’t we hunt it, didn’t we run to surpass it or stopped in order not to step on it, or even hide ourselves from the light so it would stop following us?!?!

If you’re in town take a break and forget the world exists. Forget any notion of time and get into suspended mode at n. 8, Largo do Chiado. Here you’ll find out that light and shadow have a name and a face: Lourdes Castro, the Shadow; Manuel Zimbro, the Light (and Castro’s collaborator and life partner).

Castro’s work is highly personal. She started depicting human profiles on canvas and was drawn to Perspex in the early ’60s because it had virtually no texture, like a shadow. By the end of the decade she began staging shadow plays and this particular one, “À distância – Linha de Horizonte”, has a very special ‘guest star’: a stick, which is also the horizon line, a flag stick, a fishing rod and even a door; and it’s part of their life’s project or puzzle, “The Theatre of Shadows”.

Like many Portuguese artists of her generation who fled Oliveira Salazar’s dictatorship, she moved to Paris in the late 1950s to work and to exhibit. There she started the handmade, silk-screened journal KWY with her then partner René Bertholo, which ran for 12 issues and was at the heart of an artistic community that included the likes of Christo and Jan Voss.

Find the spot: http://goo.gl/maps/cCqWa
Chiado 8 Arte Contemporânea
“À distância – Linha de Horizonte”, curated by Bruno Marchand
Monday – Friday: noon/08 pm
Exhibition on until 26th July

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