Monthly Archives: January 2010

Explorar la ficci??n

Reading Ricoeur Once Again: Hermeneutics and Practical Philosophy

January 22, 2010

Paul RicoeurA los cinco años de la muerte del filósofo francés Paul Ricoeur, se celebrará un Congreso Internacional sobre el tema “Reading Ricoeur Once Again: Hermeneutics and Practical Philosophy“, con el apoyo oficial de Fonds Ricoeur, International Institute for Hermeneutics y Society for Ricoeur Studies.

Puede verse el Call for Papers aquí.

Es una buena noticia para el proyecto “Explorar la ficción”, ya que se trata de un autor imprescindible para quien estudia hoy teoría narrativa y escritura en general.

 

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Claridad, sencillez, brevedad y humanidad: cuatro claves para escribir bien

The epidemic I???m most worried about isn???t swine flu. It???s the death of logical thinking. The cause, I assume, is that most people now get their information from random images on a screen???pop-ups, windows, and sidebars???or from scraps of talk on a digital phone. But writing is linear and sequential; Sentence B must follow Sentence A, and Sentence C must follow Sentence B, and eventually you get to Sentence Z. The hard part of writing isn???t the writing; it???s the thinking. (…) As you start your journey here at Columbia this week, you may tell yourself that you???re doing ???communications,??? or ???new media,??? or ???digital media??? or some other fashionable new form. But ultimately you???re in the storytelling business. We all are. It???s the oldest of narrative forms, going back to the caveman and the crib, endlessly riveting. What happened? Then what happened? Please remember, in moments of despair, whatever journalistic assignment you???ve been given, all you have to do is tell a story, using the simple tools of the English language and never losing your own humanity.

“Lo m??s dif??cil al escribir no es escribir, es pensar”. Esto pasa tambi??n en los medios digitales. Lo ha dicho William Zinsser a los estudiantes extranjeros de Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Arte y el sentido del mal

With Eric Rohmer, as with Mozart, Austen, James and Proust, we need to remember that art is seldom about life, or not quite about life. Art is about discovery and design and reasoning with chaos.

No deja de ser sorprendente esa relación que hay entre el arte y nuestra necesidad de “entender vitalmente” el mal: el que está fuera y el que está dentro de cada uno. Hace un mes escuché esta conferencia sobre la dignidad de la representación del mal en escena, que me pareció muy interesante. La recomiendo.

Eric Rohmer, New Wave Filmmaker, Dies at 89 – NYTimes.com

Eric Rohmer, the French critic and filmmaker who was one of the founding figures of the internationally influential movement that became known as the French New Wave, and the director of more than 50 films for theaters and television, including the Oscar-nominated “My Night at Maud’s” (1969), died on Monday. He was 89.

Copio lo que dicho hace unos años por Alberto Fijo: “A nadie se escapa la estatura intelectual de Eric Rohmer, un anciano de 87 años que siempre ha ido por libre y que se morirá muy probablemente de esta forma, fiel a una manera coherentemente sostenida de entender el cine, la literatura, la fotografía, la pintura, la música y el teatro”.

Ser coherente es una de las virtudes más difíciles de tener en este mundo relativista. Bien por Rohmer. Y que descanse en paz.

Una falsa dicotom??a entre tecnolog??a y humanidades

The liberal arts should provide a model of education that offers both a path to employment and faith in learning for its own sake; a set of useful skills along with the ability to reflect and find value in something beyond oneself. And a campus with older residence halls housing two and three students to a room is not only defensible, it is quite probably a sign of an institution focused on — well, on education.

To add to the economic anxiety, there is also frequent hand wringing over the fate of the liberal arts due to the growth and proliferation of technology. It was not so long ago that technology was seen as a threat to educational engagement, whether it was through online learning or in society at large as we all “bowled alone.” Yet much of this anxiety evolved from a false dichotomy — the notion that high tech and high touch are incompatible.

Students see no contradiction between technological sophistication and a personally connected learning community, and they expect both to be a part of their education. The reflection and personal engagement implied by the search for a meaningful life is fully compatible with the Internet age. Students are increasingly sophisticated in online work, while simultaneously they thrive, as much as ever, from strong relationships with faculty. Students expect fully contemporary technological resources, even as they seek the depth and meaning promised by a liberal arts education. The practical and financial challenge is to secure the necessary technological resources and fully integrate them into a sophisticated liberal arts education.

Qui??n es un periodista

Un buen periodista no es aquel que domina unas técnicas o destrezas más o menos mecánicas, sino quien sabe mirar, escuchar, pensar y además es capaz de expresar aquello que ha mirado, escuchado y pensado.

Como nadie da lo que no tiene, periodista es aquel que tiene un conocimiento profundo de qué es el hombre y del mundo que lo rodea.

La nota, de Gonzalo Pelzer (gracias, Gonzalo), es de hace unos años, pero sigue siendo actual. Vale la pena leer toda la entrada.

(Actualización del 11-I-2010: la negrita de la cita es del autor).