Wangdi Festival, Bhutan © Jan Abadschieff

Around the World on Fridays (“B”)

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” Max de Pree

Today: Bahamas | Bahrain | Bangladesh | Barbados | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Benin | Bhutan | Bolivia | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Botswana | Brazil | Brunei | Bulgaria | Burkina Faso | Burundi

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Angola by Eric Lafforgue

Around the World on Fridays (“A”)

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other’s folly – that is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

Today: Afghanistan | Albania | Algeria | Andorra | Angola | Antigua and Barbuda | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan

Cover Photography © Eric Lafforgue

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Rebecca. File

Rebecca. File

Archiving Creation, Feelings, Impressions and Emotions

Rebecca…

…the classical best-selling novel of British writer Daphne du Maurier (1938).

…the cult thriller, addressing both critics and the general public, directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1940).

…the Gothic play recounted in a musical-hit by Hungarian-born American composer Sylvester Lévay and German librettist Michael Kunze (2006).

Rebecca – one of the most famous absent presences in universal culture: the WOMAN, with its flaws and overblown virtues (so we are told); faceless and indistinguishable, for no brush stroke or camera lens can ever grasp her essence (so we infer). Following her violent demise from the material world, Rebecca lingers on in the minds of those close to her and those who crossed her path in one way or another. If anything, this very absence makes her loved, hated, sought-after, a mystery with no single key.Continue reading