•December 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Ecco cos’è il sinsabor.. ci voleva un riga stampata per capirlo.

Il sinsabor è essere Pensalo Bien e cercare di incastrarci dentro Elentari (scusate l’autereferenzialità, qui)
il sinsabor sono gli alfajores e gli oreo a colazione, con le teiere di caffè per restare svegli
il sinsabor è Sinsabor
il sinsabor è Vuelvo al Sur che chissà quando la si ballerà di nuovo
il sinsabor è sapere che, comunque, era giusto così perchè non si può essere solo metà di se stessi

ma chi l’ha detto che quando la musica colpisce non fa male? per me sono schiaffi invece di note, coltellate invece di parole ed il gusto dolceamaro che mi lasciano.

mi si incastra tutto nella mente, Buenos Aires e quasi tre anni di vita, che chissà se mai riuscirò a disincastrare.

credo che solo una persona potrò capire queste cosa scritte, parole che, giuro, non sono casuali.

per gli altri chiedo venia, ma anche uno stupido algoritmo, a volte, può essere crudele.


p.s. e grazie, carino, comunque. anche per la tesi.


sadici passatempi

•December 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Militant Vegans
Circle I Limbo

Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Bill Gates
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Circle IV Rolling Weights

Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

The Pope
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

Maria Stella Gelmini
Circle VII Burning Sands

Emilio Fede
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Silvio Berlusconi
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

I’m a bad bad blogger!

•October 23, 2008 • 2 Comments

I’m a bad bad blogger, all these months without a post and with Argentina and Peru in the middle of it all. I feel like writing in Italian, today and all the days before today, that’s one of the reasons I didn’t post before.

I also feel like I cannot explain Argentina to everybody out there. I had imagined the furious writing, before during and after my journey, but it didn’t happen, because it really was cathartic for me. not just the Luna park I’m telling everyone it was. So I also feel like a bad blogger, that should instead be excited to be able to write down and share such a wonderful experience. Looks like my blogging calling stretches only so far.

I swear it was wonderful, I met Tina (and it was wonderful too 🙂 ) and a whole lot of wonderful people, but that’s about all I’m able to write now.

I suppose I must assimilate it before.

I also feel that tango gave me a lot, but that I also let it rob me of parts of me, so I decided I’ve got to make them surface again, as I cannot fully be myself otherwise.

So back again to my other friends, to my ‘other’ music, to the rest of my life that I have neglected too often and way too much in the last 3 years (almost).

It must have been finding again one of my best friends, after 5 years of seeing her no more that 3/4 days a year, since she moved to Denmark. It must have been being able to play with her newborn daughter for a month, with our other two best friends. It must have been being able to go out with them.

…it could also have been Facebook, now I think about it… 🙂

well, whatever it was I’m grateful. I’m offered the opportunity to stay in the middle of these two lives, now that I’ve learned that I cannot live without tango, nor without my other life.

So this is a post to tell you all that I want to begin again to write on the blog, but that maybe it won’t be all about tango anymore, even if it will be A LOT about tango, I’m Pensalobien, after all.

But I’m also Elentari, myself before the tango.

e così potrò tornare ad avere una scrittura involuta.

At last.

.con tante recriminazioni al dio ostile che ha creato il tempo e la distanza. G.Apollinaire

falling in love again. tango-wise.

•July 28, 2008 • 7 Comments

I fell in love again. It might be natural that, on the verge of my trip to Buenos Aires, I’m again falling in love with Javier and Geraldine, my first passion..well..obsession…in tango.

I found some new videos on youtube and I’m finding extremely hard to concentrate in all those wonderful things I was doing before finding them, like researching for my thesis and trying to study for my exams in autumn 🙂

So, since I’m not doing much blogging in this period, for one reason or another, I decided to put them here, for those who read me and didn’t yet find them on youtube (probably because they don’t search obsessively and systematically the tag ‘tango’ and then order the results by ‘date added’ everyday).

and what’s more, all those videos, and the ones with Puppy Castello and Chicho Frumboli, are part of a BBC documentary and I hope more parts will surface on line soon.

thanks to Herny124 for putting them on line.

and now another documentary abstract, always Javier and Geraldine!!

I hope you like them and appreciate them as I did

La Bruja_documentary mode:on

Thank you

•July 3, 2008 • 6 Comments

I wanted to thank all the people that, on the blog and elsewhere, gave me advice, told me their experience and in general encouraged me in many ways for my (now) forthcoming trip to Argentina and Peru.

It has been a real pleasure hearing these experiences and receiving all the advice and proposal for help to make the most of this journey, I hope to receive more and I wanted to say to you all that you’ve been of great help and that you also made me want to go there even more 🙂 .

I thanked and I’ll thank the people who I regularly see in person, but I here on the net I especially want to thank those who I won’t see until I get to Argentina and those who I won’t see for who knows how much time, since they’re on the other side of the world. In strict alphabetical order.

Alex, whose blog provides both wonderful posts and wonderful photos of the most strange and non tango-related things

Barry, that I met on youtube and always sends me great music and challenges me with the most wonderful or strange conversations

Cherie, that demonstrates how people can love a kind of tango and yet be civil and open and all the things I never dreamed of in my city

Damian, whom I met in person and had a great time dancing with, but now has gone back to Australia

Deby, who writes the first tango blog I ever found and read and continue reading, because it’s so great

Jantango, who I don’t know, not even on the net, but thank you very much anyway for your comments and advice

MissTango, who writes wonderfully and, apart from tango, made me discovery very interesting stuff about BsAs even before I decided to go there

and Tina, that I might meet here in Italy sometime in the future, but for the moment I expect to meet in BsAs

So, everybody, a very heartfelt thank you, grazie mille.


And now back to my exams, which are now the real reason that keeps me away from my blog.

good karma

•June 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

There are several things that could reconcile me with blogging in this period. It’s not that I don’t want to blog, it’s that I would want to blog about different things and I don’t want to ruin this happy place with all the bad karma. So I decided I’ll go on with the semi-serious stuff and see what happens.

I found this thing in Confessions of a Tango Dancer and I thought it was the most beautiful thing about tango. It’s part of a list of the kind ‘you know you’re obsessed when’, but it’s so much above the average, it’s so sweet and true. Because it’s real that, if you’re a tango dancer, you…

…Think it’s natural to walk up to a person you’ve never met in your life, take them into your arms and hold them in a close embrace for 3 minutes

La Bruja_sweet mode:on

Another tango, another week

•June 7, 2008 • 2 Comments

Seems odd to admit it, but I count my weeks (when I don’t have particular University appointments) from the tango evening I love most of all here in Genoa, Saturday@Milonga Brava.

So here I am, beginning a new (tango) week with a not so new, but much loved tango: Humillacion.

Tanguera explicitly requested it to be put in the Tangos de mi corazon page and so I did, here. In the page, instead of the usual audio file with the best version of the tango I could find, I put two videos, with two great couples dancing to the wonderful D’Arienzo and Biagi version of Humillacion. So go and take a look at Javier and Geraldine and to Sebastian and Mariana dancing, four alien dancers that makes it better to watch, but much much worse to dance for all of us mortal and terrestrial tangueros 🙂 .

And now for me it’s time to get ready, magically become 9cm higher and go out there dancing on the notes of D’Arienzo.

La Bruja_dancing mode:on