Blog: Writing

Posts about writing, articles, interesting texts.

Poema: São Paulo e seus cabos

A drawing with houses in Sao Paulo, with many electricity/tv/telephone cables in front of it

São Paulo tem cabos
De cabo a rabo
Cabos e mais cabos

São Paulo tem gatos nos cabos
E gente fazendo gatos para ter cabo
É tanto cabo que não acaba mais

Mas tanto e tanto cabo
Que a gente não dá cabo
É tanto cabo que não cabo mais

Ficaram os cabos
E fui-me-embora
Cabô

Poema: Magreza gorda

Ela me pergunta se trouxe algo gordo

Não

Croissant magro com queijo amarelo magro
Torta magra feita com frango magro
Sanduíches de atum magros
E bolo de chocolate magro

Uma fineza

Poema de alguns anos atrás…

Poema: Ladrar na descida


  A black and white drawing of a dog showing its teeth/fangs


Ouvi um latido
O cão parecia grande
Um rapaz passou por mim
Corrido
Pensei comigo naquele instante
Puta que o pariu... fodeo

Poema de alguns anos atrás…

Science books and articles from Zinsser's "On Writing Well" book

“On Writing Well” is a book by William Zinsser, published for the first time in 1976 but already past its seventeenth edition. It is extremely well written - as it was expected for a book with such title - and also funny and simple to read.

A lunar vehicle

The book is full of excerpts and quotes from other books and articles, used as good or bad examples. In one of its chapters where Zinsser discusses writing about Science he lists books and articles on the topic that were well written.

This post contains books and articles mentioned on page 158 of the 2006 30th anniversary edition, except for the last article written by Glenn Zorpette that was on another page - but still looked interesting, so I decided to include it anyway.

Best place to find science fiction books in New Zealand

Since I moved to New Zealand it has been hard to find good science fiction sections in the local book stores. I really miss the Livraria Cultura at Avenida Paulista, or the Saraiva Megastores. Whitcoulls and Paper Plus do a good job, but they have very few series, only recent releases, and you do not feel that cool environment while you browse the books.

I found that small secondhand bookstores are the best places to find good books - not only science fiction - in New Zealand. Devonport has one, near the waterfront. Auckland has Jason books too, right in the CBD. Wellington, Dunedin and Queenstown too (the Queenstown one is on the second level in a small mall, you have to check it out!).

But last week I remembered my wife telling me about this web site, https://www.hardtofind.co.nz/. I found several books from my Wish List there, and also other Stephen King books recommended by the bookstore clerk from Queenstown.

Books from Hard To Find bookstore

If you are into science fiction, Asimov, Neal Stephenson, Peter H. Hamilton, Piers Anthony, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen King, etc, I am sure you will enjoy going to the Hard To Find store in Onehunga. It is near the Dress Smart. So during week if you stop by Dress Smart, you can hop on their free bus from the city centre and later enjoy checking out the store too.

It is a two story house, with lots of rooms, with science fiction, New Zealand, maritime sports, arts, poetry, health, etc.

Happy reading!