letra – Que bueno es vivir – Los Muppets

Escribí la letra a esta canción (la versión al final de la película):

Todo es genial
Espectacular
El mundo entero siento que en mi mano está

Todo es perfecto
Con todo en su lugar
Y no puedo mi sonrisa borrar

Que bueno es vivir cuando siempre alguien canta junto a ti

Todo es genial
y es para siempre feliz la vida

Y al mundo continuaremos regalandole RISA

La pelicula casi acaba
Y hay que decir adios

[Quieren parar de cantar
Ya cantaron esta cancion]

Que bueno es vivir cuando siempre alguien canta junto a ti

[Somos felices cuando no cantan.]

Tengo todo lo que soñé
Y seré aquello que quiera ser.

Todo puedo hacer
Tengo el cielo azul si estoy yo y tu y tu y tu y tu y tu y…bueno, todos ustedes

La-la-la…

Tengo todo lo que soñé
Y seré aquello que quiera ser.

Todo puedo hacer
Tengo el cielo azul si es que estoy yo y tu y tu y tu

Que bueno es vivir

Cuando siempre alguien canta junto a

Que bueno es vivir

Mimi mimi mimi mi

Que bueno es vivir

Cuando siempre alguien canta junto a tí.

Aqui hay un video.

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Hyenas (film, Senegal, 1992)

thought-provoking story of justice, money, and vengeance served very, very cold

Dramaan Drameh is a shopkeeper and the mayor elect of Colobane, a poor town. Then Linguère Ramatou returns after decades away, having accumulated fabulous wealth and seeking vengeance for a long-past but deeply grievous wrong carried out by Dramaan.

The film explores fascinating issues of justice and money and the relationship between the two. It also explores how the promise of money changes people. The pacing is pretty good. The film is in Wolof with English subtitles. The DVD has no special features: Just the movie and the option of scene selection.

My favorite line: “She has more money than the World Bank!”

Note on content: No swearing, no sex. Mention of prostitution and an adolescent pregnancy. No visual violence.

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9 languages for 90% of the world’s population

"To engage with all but a tiny fraction of people in the world, you definitely do not need to learn all their first languages. You need to learn all their vehicular languages – languages learned by nonnative speakers for the purpose of communicating with native speakers of a third tongue. There are about eighty languages used in this way in some part of the world. But because vehicular languages are also native to some (usually very large) groups, and because many people speak more than one vehicular language (of which one may or may not be native to them), you do not need to learn all eighty vehicular languages to communicate with most people on the planet. Knowing just nine of them – Chinese (with 1.3 billion users), Hindi (800 million), Arabic (530 million), Spanish (350 million), Russian (278 million), Urdu (180 million), French (175 million), Japanese (130 million), and English (somewhere between 800 million and 1.8 billion) – would permit effective everyday conversation, though probably not detailed negotation or serious intellectual debate, with at least 4.5 billion and maybe up to 5.5 billion people, that is to say, around 90 percent of the world’s population." (David Bellos, Is that a fish in your ear? Translation and the meaning of everything, p14)

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notable fiction and non-fiction of 2011

I’m kind of drawn by these Washington Post lists.

Fiction

Nonfiction

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the weight of stories

“His death story seemed very heavy to me, in whatever unit death stories get measured.” (Karen Russell, Swamplandia!, p126)

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Spaghetti Surprise!

“Spaghetti Surprise was a simple equation for indigestion, invented by Mom: Noodles tossed like a blond wig over all your leftovers.  Noodles as a culinary disguise for gross, inedible root vegetables: surprise!  In a trash can this dish was raccoon kryptonite; even Grandpa couldn’t finish it.” (Karen Russell, Swamplandia!, p117-118)

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audio book review: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (narrated by Jim Dale)

a fabulous fictional location in a pretty good story

A nocturnal circus is the venue for a contest between two magicians. The plot of this story is enjoyable but not exceptional. There is a love story which I found not to be compelling at all. There is a separate plot with a young man finding his way which took a while to find its way (but did, eventually). Again, these plots are enjoyable enough but not enough by themselves to recommend the book. Some characters are compelling (Celia, one of the magicians) while others remain flat (Marco, the other magician).

BUT the circus itself is fabulous. Not since the Cemetery of Lost Books (from Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game) have I encountered such an enchanting, exciting locale. The circus is only open at night, and new tents and wonders are continually added. This book is worth reading just for the circus, which is the main and by far the most intriguing character.

Jim Dale continues to be the best reader in the business for fantastical tales; if you don’t know what I’m talking about run (don’t walk) and listen to him reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Note on content: The book has exactly one swear word as well as I can remember (an f-word, right near the beginning). There is one intimate scene portrayed briefly and in very figurative terms (e.g., “he covered her body with kisses”).

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