‘Banho de floresta’ na Copa do Mundo | ‘Forest Bathing’ in the World Cup

Apenas shinrin-yoku para me acalmar hoje depois de assistir meu amado México perder para o meu amado Brasil em um jogo tenso, eliminatória, da Copa do Mundo. A prática japonesa de banho de floresta tem benefícios comprovados para a saúde, então eu fiz uma curta caminhada até o Parque Lage do restaurante nem-tão-mexicano que recebia […]

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The Royal Portuguese Reading Room | Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

It is not exactly on the main axis of tourism of Rio de Janeiro. For that matter, it is not even easily placed on the axis of tourism for visitors spending a day hiking among the many attractions in Rio’s Centro between Cinelândia and the newly fashioned port area of Praça Mauá. The Real Gabinete […]

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The Stuccadore Peon

“Do you know why you do not like conceptual art? It is because you know how to solve problems with your hands. You have the means to create plastically, visually. If you only had concepts, you would write.”

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The Archaeology of Slavery & Book Review: “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi

I imagined her watching any non-survivors being hurled into something like the adjacent Cemiterio dos Novos Pretos, the Cemetary of New Blacks, the site of the largest slave cemetery in the Americas, where tens of thousands of bodies had been dumped and incinerated upon arrival in Rio de Janeiro. Such violence affected every generation that followed her, including those who are struggling to maintain the site

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Architecture for the mind when a city transforms

The sight of the homeless man taking a shower on the sidewalk while completely dressed from a garden hose held above his head by doorman through a fence was so pitiful that it was impossible not to exchange embarrased glances with the early morning dog walkers and even the doorman, who relpied to everyone without speaking, what else can I do?

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Conversion is violence

No matter how much faith they might have had in their Lord, to behold the fuming volcano in such a foreign world might have filled the Jesuits with just enough doubt to worry as they looked across the valley from the destroyed pagan city of Cholula to see the smoking giant the natives called God. […]

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You’re a ‘birder’, you say?

I didn’t quite get it when they told me: People who travel around the world looking for birds? Birds! “Well, actually…” I thought, realizing I knew where to I could take them to see birds in all colors here in Rio de Janeiro, because, as it is said, the mind records all that it witnesses […]

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