The other meaning of “Is fiction in trouble?” is “Are people like us who like fiction in trouble?” Is the world suddenly going to be inhabited by people we don’t recognize, don’t like, who don’t speak our language. I’m not saying you are, but to ask that is a fundamentally chauvinist notion. “Is something changing that I don’t like? Is the world not like me? Does it not represent my concerns?
The Rumpus interview with Kevin Smokler, author ofPractical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School.
Last night, at Praça Rosa, São Paulo, during the first meeting of the open-to-all Extraordinary Commission on Human Rights and Minorities (Comissão Extraordinaria de Direitos Humanos e Minorias). Led by the trans cartoonist Laerte and congressman Jean Wyllys, the commission sprang up as a reaction to the appointment of Marco Feliciano, a bigoted, homophobic evangelical pastor, as president of Brazil’s Congressional Human Rights Commission.
‘I’d rather my sexuality were of no consequence. But it is. It’s stigmatised. The only way I have of rising above that stigma is to incarnate that identity, but I’d prefer it if I didn’t have to.’ Jean Wyllys, a member of Brazil’s parliament who incredibly, rose to fame by winning Big Brother.
Victoria amazonica water lilies can reach 20 feet in circumference and support up to 300 pounds each. Perching children atop the massive leaves was all the rage in water gardens of the time. Salem, North Carolina, c. 1892. Photograph by Frank Hege, National Geographic, at
The beautiful Casa de Vidro, a 1951 modernist masterpiece in Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil. It was the home of the architect Lina Bo Bardi, who also built São Paulo’s astonishing MASP art museum, and conjured SESC Pompeia from a former factory.