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Viggo Signs Open Letter Demanding Justice at G8 Summit in Support of ActionAid


Source: ActionAid
Categories: Politics
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Famous names demand justice at G8 for world's poor in face of global recession

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07 July 2009

Nearly 60 leading actors, artists, poets, broadcasters, novelists, directors, playwrights and commentators have joined anti poverty charity ActionAid to send an open letter to world leaders on the eve of the G8 summit.

Names include political philosopher Noam Chomsky and actors Emma Thompson and Kevin Spacey.

The letter demands that G8 leaders create a new, fairer financial system and deliver on their promise to find billions to help recession-hit poor countries.

ActionAid's UK Director, Richard Miller said: "The global economic crisis was created by rich countries but is now driving people in poor countries further into poverty and hunger.

"It's time to reset the world's moral compass. G8 leaders must find £14 billion by 2012 to help save the 25,000 people who die of hunger every day.

As part of ActionAid's commitment to fighting the poverty caused by the global economic collapse, the letter also launches the agency's financial crisis appeal which aims to raise £54 million over three years.

The 59 high profile signatories in full: ALAN RICKMAN actor, ARTHUR SMITH comedian and writer, BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH poet, BILL NIGHY actor, CAROL ANNE DUFFY CBE FRSL poet laureate, DAMON ALBARN musician, DAVID AARONOVITCH journalist, DAVID GILMOUR CBE musician, DUSTIN HOFFMAN actor, EMMA THOMPSON actor and screenwriter, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL actor, GEORGE MONBIOT author and journalist, GORDON RODDICK social activist and entrepreneur, HARI KUNZRU novelist, HUGH DENNIS, actor and comedian, IRVINE WELSH novelist, JAMES McAVOY actor, JAMES PUREFOY actor, JAN RAVENS actor and impressionist, JANE SEYMOUR OBE actor, JO BRAND comedian, JOHN PILGER author and journalist, JONATHAN PRYCE CBE actor, JULIE WALTERS CBE actor, KEN LOACH film director, KEVIN SPACEY actor and artistic director Old Vic, KIRSTY YOUNG broadcaster, KWAME KWEI-ARMAH playwright and actor, LYNNE FRANKS author and pr, MARIO TESTINO photographer, MARK RONSON music producer, MATTHEW TAYLOR chief executive RSA, MIKE LEIGH OBE director of film and theatre, MIRIAM MARGOLYES actor, MORGAN SPURLOCK film director, NAN SLOANE director centre for women and democracy, NEAL LAWSON political commentator and chair of compass, NIGEL HAVERS actor, PROFESSOR NOAM CHOMSKY political philosopher, PAUL LAVERTY screenwriter, PETER GABRIEL musician, PROFESSOR A. C. GRAYLING philosopher, RICHARD CURTIS CBE screenwriter and film director, RORY BREMNER FKC impressionist and playwright, SAM TAYLOR-WOOD conceptual artist, SHABANA AZMI actor and activist, SIR RANULPH FIENNES OBE explorer, SIR ROGER MOORE KBE actor, SIR TREVOR McDONALD OBE broadcaster, SOPHIE OKONEDO actor, STEPHEN FRY actor and novelist, SUSIE ORBACH psychotherapist and author, TERRY JONES actor, film director and author, TONY BENN author and politician, TONY ROBINSON actor and broadcaster, TRACEY EMIN artist, VICTORIA WOOD CBE comedian, actor and writer, VIGGO MORTENSEN actor, YASMIN ALIBHAI-BROWN journalist and author.

© ActionAid. Images © kucinich4president.com.

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Perceval Press Update


Source: Perceval Press

New books available for order at Perceval Press





Now available for purchase "Twelve, The KIng" by Michael Blake, "Skip" by David Newsom and "Skovbo" (soft cover) by Viggo Mortensen

© Perceval Press. Images © Perceval Press.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo



I was fascinated by Viggo's comment in his interview with Diario Crítica de la Argentina that, when it comes to choosing what to read, he leaves it to 'luck, to whatever crosses my path'. But I'm not surprised really as Viggo seems to me to be a master off the serendipitous - allowing space for the magic of the unexpected to enrich his life. I think this is Viggo in a nutshell, having 'an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident' (def: serendipity) and having faith that just around the next corner (if you care to walk around it) there may be something astonishing.




Image courtesy of Cindalea.
© Estudios Picasso / Origen PC / NBC Universal Global Networks Espana 2006.




"I read everything I can; I leave it to luck, to whatever crosses my path."

The Hidden Side of Viggo Mortensen
Fernanda Nicolini
Diario Crítica de la Argentina.
Translated by Graciela, Remolina, Sage and Zooey
1 July 2009




"I believe in luck and in the thousands of ways attracting it. I can go into a Mosque, or into the San Isidoro of León Collegiate Church, and sit there until things happen. I love visiting temples, churches, places that are supposed to be sacred, and that includes a cinema or a theatre. Where there's acting, there's communion."

Mortensen Code
By Sol Alonso - translated by Remolina
Vanity Fair (Spain)
November 2008




"Inspiration is a notion, an impulse that has its own shape, before you stumble onto it. If you're in too much of a hurry, you try to tell it what it is, instead of having it tell you what it is. And I think if you do that, you're gonna miss out."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen ('80) Remembers
By Macreena A. Doyle
St. Lawrence University, 2003




"I think I'm essentially hopeful and the reason that I paint or photograph or listen to someone who is speaking to me is that I hope something might happen."

The Man Who Would Be King
By Nick Dent
Black & White magazine 2001




He lives his way and gets entangled in whatever he finds in his path.

Viggo's Other Look
Diario de León
By María Dolores García - translated by Paddy
26 June 2005




So does chance guide your life?

Like everybody's. What you hope for isn't worth anything. I complain and protest: my son has to go to school; I have to finish reading this book, go shopping, wash the dishes. Sometimes you have to skip those chores for a change. Not too long ago a friend visited me and asked if I was free to go to dinner. I had a lot of work: my publishing house takes a lot of my time. I was on the verge of saying no, but not sleeping enough one night isn't the end of the world. Sometimes, you have to say yes. To trust in chance and in destiny, because it's the unpredictable, strange events that shape our lives. It's better to travel with hope than with the intention of reaching a specific destination.

"I wouldn't look the Alatristes of today in the eye"
By Oskar L. Belategui - translated by Margarita
3 September 2006
Source: Hoy Sociedad




Mortensen believes there is order in the chaos. "You know, there are freakish and unexpected events that make up our lives. You have to be open to suffering a little," Mortensen says. "There's the philosopher, Schopenhauer, right? He talked about how out of the randomness, there is the apparent intention in the fate of an individual that can be glimpsed later on. When you're an old guy, you can look back, and maybe this rambling life has some through-line. Others can see it better sometimes. But when you glimpse it yourself, you see it more clearly than anyone."

The glimpse is essential. It is why he photographs, paints, runs himself ragged - and why he is an actor.

The Hero Returns
By Tom Roston
Premiere
January 2003



"Each part asks different things of you and it's not always what you expect, and I think the things that end up being the most interesting and sometimes the most difficult are things that you can't foresee, you know, if you remain open to what might happen."

Viggo Mortensen Talking To Janet Maslin at C.U.N.Y.
By - transcription by Chrissie and Tatiana
New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend
6 January 2006



"I listened to music, looked at paintings, trying to find my face in those pictures. Walking down streets that you wouldn't have walked down. And you never know where that's going to take you. You're lost. I didn't have people with me smoothing the way, because then I wouldn't have learned anything."

Viggo doing research for Good in Germany
The happy trails of Viggo Mortensen
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
18 April 2009




"Everyone can get lucky, but it is what you do with that luck that matters."

Capable Of Many Things
By Hanna Björk Valsdóttir - translated by Ragga
Fréttablaðið
30 May 2008




"I've been lucky, but I realise that luck is ephemeral, and there are different ways of making something out of luck. One, you can go and make lots of money. The other thing that you can do is try to be challenged and tell interesting stories and learn something along the way. That's what I try to do."

Play It As It Lays
By Philip Berk
Filmink
April 2009




His work is a trace of his own adventure, lived openly and exploratively, with curiosity and a constant sense of surprise.

Kevin Power
Viggo Mortensen: A Life Tracking Itself
Singlanguage 2002



Most noticeably, Viggo Mortensen as the quietly timid yet dangerously terrifying mob driver Nikolai, gives an Oscar caliber performance of both restrained humility and fear. When you look into Mortensen's eyes, you're convinced that he's come to terms with the fact that he's condemned to eternal damnation and is living his life accordingly. His performance is chilling and mesmerizing, perhaps the greatest of his career.

Jake Hamilton
That movie guy Blog
10 Sept 2007

© viggo-works.com. Images © Estudios Picasso / Origen Producciones.

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Happy Independence Day USA!


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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.


--Abraham Lincoln

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The Hidden Side of Viggo Mortensen


Source: Diario Crítica de la Argentina..
Found By: Sally
Translated by Graciela, Remolina, Sage and Zooey
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Poet, publisher and avid reader

Cuervos. Dos sufridos hinchas de San Lorenzo unidos también gracias a la poesía: Fabián Casas y Viggo Mortensen
Cuervos. Dos sufridos hinchas de San Lorenzo unido....
© Fernanda Nicolini.
The Lord of the Rings star and well known San Lorenzo fan has many other interests: he's been writing poems since he was a teenager and he has his own publishing house in the United States. He just published an anthology of Argentine poets.

We all know that Viggo Mortensen is Aragorn, the irresistible hero of The Lord of the Rings, and also David Cronenberg's latest lucky charm, whose tattooed body tells us of his violent past, and the San Lorenzo fan who carried his red and blue flag to the Oscar ceremony, and the almost-Argentinean who learned to speak Spanish during his childhood in Chaco.

But there is another side to Viggo, the Renaissance man who lives off his acting salary, paints, takes photos, is a musician, writes and has his own publishing house which (attention!) just published an anthology of Argentine poetry.

"Kevin Power introduced me to these Argentine poets; he is a very interesting and crazy guy who had worked with me in several Perceval Press projects: a book about Cuban art, two books by Henry Eric, Strange Familiar by Icelandic artist Georg Gudni, and Signlanguage, a catalog for an exhibition I did in 2001", Viggo tells us by mail. Perceval Press books are available through Amazon.com.

The anthology of new Argentine poetry, the recent work of Mortensen's publishing house, brings together 22 authors of the so-called poetry of the nineties - Gabriela Bejerman, Fabián Casas, Washington Cucurto, Martín Gambarotta, Fernanda Laguna, Damián Ríos, Laura Wittner, among others - in a beautiful hardcover binding.

But to reach the generous hands of Viggo, it took a slightly rugged route.

The story goes that four years ago, the cultural agitator and editor of Vox, Gustavo López, had prepared this anthology for publication in Mexico. The project was dropped and López discussed it with Kevin Power, who besides being the link in this story, is a well known art critic who worked as deputy director of the QueenSofíaMuseum in Madrid. Power told him that he had a friend who might be interested in financing it.

Some time later, someone called López on the telephone in Bahía Blanca (Argentina); he introduced himself as Viggo Mortensen and he proposed that he would take over the publication of the book. López did not know with whom he was speaking, even asked whom he represented, until his daughter heard the name and said, "Dad, it's Aragorn, the man from the Lord of the Rings."


"Up until now my relationship with Argentine poetry was that of a person who had read some of the old poetry, like Alfonsina Storni, and a little bit of what is termed new" - explains Viggo. "My connection with the work of the poets included in this anthology edited by Gustavo is relatively recent. The only person I've met personally is Fabián Casas, a good-looking, wise guy from Boedo who is an even more insane fan of San Lorenzo than I am. Obviously I liked everything I read and therefore it's being published by Perceval Press."

Besides being this sort of patron of literary projects at the point of collapse, Viggo has published eleven books. Writing, he says, performs a certain escapist function and, is, at the same time, healing. "I have written poetry and stories since my adolescence and it always felt like a way to travel, which is something that I like a lot, and to see life from multiple points of view. It can also be a way to escape difficult moments or situations that seem to have no apparent relief. It is a way to understand and to learn what happens to me."

Some of his poems - written in Spanish - evoke the geography of his life between the ages of 3 and 11. Like "Chaco," from 1995: "I shit in the forest/like the monkeys/with their teeth/ perfect and yellow/having no fear/ of any tiger."

"I wrote that one while thinking about my childhood, the mental and physical strength children have: the daring, the innocent courage, the absence of prejudice, the visceral connection with nature, with the environment that surrounded me, which seemed to threaten me and embrace me," he says.

-Which authors do you find interesting?

Many, many of them. I read everything I can; I leave it to luck, to whatever crosses my path. Sometimes I re-read books, stories and poems that I liked. At the moment I am reading three books, Seeds of Terror, by Gretchen Peters, on drug trafficking of the sort that fuels Al Qaeda's economy; a collection of essays about Medea in literature, philosophy, and art, and a "brain twister," On Certainty, by Ludwig Wittgenstein.* Also I have re-read poems by Octavio Paz, Billy Collins, Jaime Sabines, Charles Bukowski, Julio Cortázar, Mario Benedetti, John Ashbery, Artaud."

-How do you reconcile your celebrity side with your poetic vein? What does it mean to write poetry in that context?

It is difficult for me sometimes because the films or rather the promotional work of doing the films and the interaction with journalists and fans require a lot of time and energy. But I continue writing when I can, in planes or at night during the periods when I'm very busy filming. Sometimes a poem comes to me and I do not have the energy to write it, and it goes away, disappears, probably forever. That's how it is. Occasionally I also write things about the work of making and promoting films, about things that happen to me in my life, things that I feel at one time or another, things I miss or which confuse me. It is not always a treatise on trees or on personal entanglements. A poem from 1991 that speaks a little on the cinema and my life is this one called "Edit:"

"A half-soul in transit/the man you were/for one brief season/has been pruned/ removed/to a well-groomed graveyard/that smells like popcorn."

-Do you have other projects in Argentina?

We've been working in the northern area of Argentina and in Paraguay for some time, and three books may result from that: one based on the photographs and research done by Max Schmidt about a hundred years ago and by Branislava Susnik about fifty years ago in the region known as Gran Chaco. Another one consists of photographs takes by different indigenous populations from the northern area of the Salta province (Argentina), and a third project that has to do with the work done by John Palmer about the Wichis.

- What kind of books do you like to publish through Perceval Press?

I choose my publications in the same way that I choose what I read: here and there, little by little, without a clear path. And yet, we never run out of projects.

© Journal Critique of Argentina. Images © Fernanda Nicolini.


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