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Day 2: Counterculture and architecture are the central themes

The work of the Festival’s commemorated author, Ana Cristina Cesar, echoed across Brazilian writing in the 1950s adding a special spice to the country’s output. Participating were three contemporary poets, the São Paulo native Annita Costa Malufe and the Rio writers Laura Liuzzi and Marília Garcia, and the trio addressed the feminine in writing and the stereotypes too often associated with it. Side by side, the authors read their poems and outlined the importance of the commemorated writer for the current generation of authors. 


An invitation was opened up to think about the urban experience on the 'Reflected Cities' table with the architects Francesco Careri and Lúcia Leitão. The essayist Lúcia Leitão stressed that it is necessary to act in a city in search of humanity. “We do not inhabit it because we have built it, we build because we inhabit it – I think it was Heidegger that said this, and it’s time to rescue the idea,” she said. The Italian Francesco Careri mentioned urban amnesia – places, he said, that have been wiped off our mental maps. The social role of cities, beyond the exercise of walking, was also discussed at the table.


Two widely respected journalists, the Brazilian Caco Barcellos and British writer Misha Glenny, met in the Author’s Marquee to discuss drug trafficking. The two relived the process of reporting for books on the subject – respectively, ‘Abusado: o dono do Morro Santa Marta’ and ‘Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio’, the biography of the Rio drug dealer Nem, which was launched at Flip. Entitled 'Insights froom the streets', the table addressed crucial issues such as the policy of the war on drugs, social inequality and current challenges to the practice of journalism.


Sharing experiences about the creation of short stories and novels, the writers Álvaro Enrigue and Marcílio França Castro brought a debate full of twists and humor to the Author’s Marquee. Together, they looked at the exercise of writing and their literary bases.


The human brain from two perspectives: that of the neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel and that of the neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. The two shared with Paraty the discoveries that their professional areas have made. For Suzana, for example, the great transformation in the human brain took place thanks to the preparation of food.


At Flip’s last table on Thursday (30), the Scottish writer Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, the novel that defined 1990s counterculture, spoke about how he had decided to become a fiction writer. Together with literary agent and writer Bill Clegg, the two discussed chemical dependency and how the issue has served as raw material for literature.



FlipMais

FlipMais started with the table “Leituras Cruzadas”, part of the ‘Retratos do leitor e não leitor’ program, which presented statistics from three studies on the profile of the Brazilian reader, highlighting a rise in the number of readers in the country, despite the annual average of books read being quite low at 4.96 books per person. After the discussion, the documentary “Banksy does New York”, directed by Chris Moukarbel, and the film “Ela volta na quinta”, by André Novais de Oliveira, were screened.



Flipinha

Lázaro Ramos, Palavra Cantada and other guests from the program opened the Authors’ Story Circle on Thursday morning (30) at the Câmara Torres Cultural Center. A full program was also staged at the Praça da Matriz, with shows, workshops and discussions. The discussion “Você é o que lê” (“You are what you read”), with Gregorio Duvivier, Maria Ribeiro and Lázaro Ramos, brought the day to a close.


FlipZona

On Thursday (30), around forty young people took part in an audiovisual workshop with Caco Barcellos along with part of the team from the ‘Profissão Repórter’ TV show. In the afternoon, the ‘Ciclo Páginas Anônimas’ brought together young poets and columnists at the Câmara Torres Cultural Center. The coverage of Flipzona continues and you can look at the creators’ snapchat here: tvzona007.


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