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City of God (2002)

"The Rio de Janeiro slum known as Cidade de Deus might be a Martian landscape, so remote in spirit is it from the smooth beaches where the rich work on their tans and lines of seduction. In the inner city the activity is life-and-death, mostly death, and the ruthless men who run the place are boys, some not yet adolescents. Boys their age elsewhere play with plastic guns; these kids shoot real bullets, kill people, for the love or the hell of it. Bang, you're dead. Ha ha. Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados portrayed similar young toughs in Mexico City a half-century earlier, using a mixture of realism and surrealism. Meirelles and Lund used a pinwheeling, hypertrophic style; no static camera could keep up with the hurtling pace at which these kids rushed to their doom. As sociology, it's tragic; as cinema, a stupendous, joyous jolt. —R.C." -- TIME's 100 Greatest Movies

Remembering Dad
By Julia Hobsbawm

Julia Hobsbawm on the daunting intellect and tireless curiosity of her father Eric Hobsbawm, the historian and champion of the left who died last year
“He died on October 1, early in the morning and 25 days before his 50th wedding anniversary. He was halfway through completing a text for the Serpentine Gallery’s Memory Marathon, which they named in his honour, and had managed by a whisker to complete his last book, Fractured Times. The worst thing anyone said afterwards was along the lines of “well, he had a good innings”. No, he wanted to go on for ever, thinking, talking, writing, reading. He may have been nearly a century old in his body but his mind remained young and endlessly inquiring.”
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The secret life of punctuation
Maximal meaning in minimal space: the history of punctuation
“Punctuation itself – literally, the act of adding “points” to a text – did not arrive until the third century BC, when Aristophanes of the great Library at Alexandria described a series of middle (•), low (.) and high points (˙) denoting short, medium and long pauses.[4] Over the centuries, this system gave rise to punctuation as we know it: from Aristophanes’ three dots came the colon, the full stop, and many other marks besides.”
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