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My 10 Favorite Books: Viggo Mortensen

Source: New York Times.
Found By: Chrissie
Categories: Books & CD's
Presentation of the book Nueva Poesin Argentina (New Poetry in Argentina), launched by 'Perceval Press', in the Cultural Center of Spain in Buenos Aires, Argentina - 8.11.09
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Our thanks to Chrissie for bringing this to us. From the New York Times:


For his bookshop and website One Grand Books, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they'd take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next in the series is the actor Viggo Mortensen.

"The Origin of the Species," Charles Darwin

There is nothing more important than the natural world we live in, and we are bound to affect it positively or negatively by virtue of our relatively brief individual and collective presence. Darwin's visionary study of the evolution of living beings on our planet is a crucial guide to our understanding of why we are here and what we might to do to live in harmony with our environment.

"The Republic," Plato

The notions we have in the United States and in other countries that function to a better or lesser degree as nation states with variations of democratic, representative government as their political systems, would not exist without Plato's work.

"Tao Te Ching," Lao Tzu

For me, this is as every bit as important a guide in terms of personal moral ethics as Plato's work is. Another side of the same coin. The timeless lessons that can be had from Plato and Lao Tzu reinforce each other in many ways.

"The History of Western Philosophy," Bertrand Russell

With all of its inevitable sins of omission and generalization, this great compilation of Western philosophical ideas and currents from pre-Socratic times until the middle of the 20th century is an invaluable and accessible guide to our shared social history.

"Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies," William Shakespeare

There are many poets that I might have included in this list of books, but, to my mind, Shakespeare is the greatest of all in terms of the breadth of his knowledge, his lyricism, humor and the universal applicability of his work.

"La Divina Commedia," Dante Alighieri

Right alongside Shakespeare, Dante's work explores and highlights enduring universal truths related to the human condition as well as any writer I know of.

"El Gaucho Martín Fierro," José Hernández

I debated between Cervantes's "Don Quixote" and "Martín Fierro," because they both are great classic epic stories in the Spanish language, but ended up choosing José Hernández's great poetic work because of my early connection with it as a child growing up in Argentina.

"Faust: A Tragedy," Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A great work of literature and an extraordinary cautionary tale, this story has much to teach us about psychology, politics and history. More than ever, it can allow us to look at ourselves and our rulers with open eyes.

"Danmarks," Saxo Grammaticus

This is the best book for understanding the early history of the society, literature and politics of Northern Europe. Without Saxo's research and extensive work in compiling ancient texts and oral stories, our knowledge of early Nordic, Germanic, Celtic and English cultures and nation-building would be far poorer than it is.

"A People's History of the United States," Howard Zinn

If every U.S. citizen could have the benefit of knowing Zinn's collection of historical texts from a wide range of relatively known as well as unknown people throughout our country's history, there would be a lot better quality in our current political class and in the style and substance of our governance.

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News from Perceval Press of a new Viggo CD

Source: Perceval Press.
Found By: Chrissie

Thanks to Chrissie for the heads up; news from Perceval Press of a new Viggo CD - "PREGUNTAS DESDE LA ORILLA"

Track list:

Preguntas: Dónde

Preguntas: Porqué

Preguntas: Hasta cuándo


El Oso

La Frontera

Bon dia amor meu

Order it HERE

Images © Perceval Press.

An Incredible Special for September at Perceval Press!

© Perceval Press.

Wonderful news from Perceval Press that HIJOS DE LA SELVA | SONS OF THE FOREST, edited by Viggo, is on special pricing for the month of September at an eye-popping $4! What better time to purchase a copy of this striking book for your own or give as a gift.

Purchase HIJOS DE LA SELVA | SONS OF THE FOREST here at Perceval Press.

© Perceval Press.

News from PP about Viggo's new album Seventeenoddsongs

Source: Perceval Press.
Found By: Chrissie
© Perceval Press.

Thanks to Chrissie for the heads up.

Ordering details here

In addition PP is having a Summer Solstice Sale with everything 50% off until 21 June.
An idea forms on the piano wire, and a tentative opening phrase reaches out from the corner of the studio. It is twelve years ago, or five, it is last year, or perhaps it is right now, this waning echo of a standing invitation. We record; nothing is expected, any reply is welcome, any old silence. Time passes as we listen to conversations we've had in this space over the past twenty years. They feel as recent as the one we're having now.

every note
or imagined
always recorded
every piece
wished for
as time expands
and contracts
is incessant
we accompany
or not
and call

© Perceval Press.

Viggo on Página Dos

Source: Pagina Dos.
Found By: Chrissie
Many thanks to Chrissie for bringing us news that Viggo will be a guest on Página Dos this Saturday talking about his "intense relationship with books."

Full details HERE.

Images © EFE.

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