My profession, but also my way of life, leads me to listen to a lot of music.

Without her I don't know what would have happened to me.

I have a special penchant for contemporary music, I mean that of composers like

György Ligeti and Gérard Grisey

, for example.

The same thing happens to me with the one from the past:

Johannes Ockeghem and Josquin Desprez,

Franco-Flemish musicians of the 15th and 16th centuries who helped the evolution of music.

They have a very airy, bright sound.

I feel them very internally, like

Tomás Luis de Victoria and Johann Sebastian Bach


However, I also listen to the art of other cultures.

I would not tire of hearing

Alim Qasimov

, as well as the Armenian

Djivan Gasparyan

, who plays an instrument called duduk, with a very deep and hypnotic sound.

On the other hand, I have


a group from Corsica for many years,

A Filetta


This group sings Corsican polyphony, a primitive song that they have adapted to the current ear.

They even collaborate with jazz performers, such as the trumpeter

Paolo Fresu.

One of his albums,


, is fantastic.

I always say that they seem roots that sing, especially its founder,

Jean-Claude Aquaviva

, who gestures and sings as if at that moment he was crying out for we don't know what.

A Filetta, in Corsican, means "the fern", because it is always reborn from the same bulb.

György Ligeti.


In my case, as with music, when I don't write, I read.

I read a lot, that's why I can't stick to a book or an author, among other reasons because almost always my reading is conditioned by work.

I can't stop reading philosophy and essays.

I have to say, not without blushing, that I hardly read novels.

It is true that I have remembered

The Alexandria Quartet

, by

Lawrence Durrell,

and almost all the titles of

Henry James, William Faulkner and Ferdinand Céline,

and some of

Thomas Bernhard, WG Sebald and László Krasznahorkai.

I never forget poetry, for example,

Seamus Heaney, Les Murray and Milan Rufus,

among many others, although I never stray from classics such as

Garcilaso, Quevedo, John Donne, and later Whitman and Rilke,

all of them very different from each other. , of course.

I really like



Among contemporary Spaniards I would not like to fail to mention

Claudio Rodríguez


These days I am reading the complete Poetry of

Edward Thomas

, a poet who died young, during the First War.

His work is short not only because of this circumstance, but because he started writing late.

It would be difficult for me to be without reading

Michel de Montaigne and Friedrich Nietzsche.

And I've gotten close to

Larra again

, extraordinary.

Lawrence Durrell.


The first time a movie impressed me I was very young, almost a teenager, it was

The Gospel According to Matthew

, by

Pier Paolo Passolini.

It was prohibited in Spain.

The documentaries by

Henri Cartier-Bresson also

called me strongly.

Luis García Berlanga's


Welcome, Míster Marshall


El verdugo

seem great to me, with an immeasurable

Pepe Isbert.

I miss actresses like

Rafaela Aparicio and Lola Gaos

, and I wish there were more actors like

Sean Penn and Naomi Watts


I admire

Víctor Erice

, his inherent silence, like that perceived in

Andrei Tarkovski


I am not forgetting director

Carl Theodor Dreyer

, nor

Abbas Kiarostami.

I don't know why I like Hungarian cinema so much.

The works of

Miklós Jancsó


The Round of Recognition


Red Psalm,

seem essential to me, and I must admit that I have a weakness for

Béla Tarr

and her feature films, among them

Werckmeister's Harmonies, The Condemnation


The Turin Horse

, a work of the latter. to which I dedicated a short essay that appears in

Thinking and not falling.

Creations like

Train of Shadows, Under Construction



, all of them by

José Luis Guerin,

always accompany me.

'The Gospel according to Saint Matthew', by Pier Polo Pasolini.


I've never seen a series, except when I was a teenager.

I remember an Italian television production on

Leonardo da Vinci

that consisted of five or six chapters, I do not remember well.

There was only one television channel.

I am sure that today, in full democracy, commercial television networks would not program it.

It was very good.

Several friends have told me the value of some series, but it is a formula that I do not like very much.

Extending and enlarging the plot labyrinth to keep viewers in suspense is not something that attracts me;

as an idea I rather dislike it.

I say it with respect.

Nor do I have time and patience, perhaps less to be aware of a work that stretches over time.

Perhaps in all this there is nothing but ignorance on my part, which could well be or surely is.

It amazes me, anyway, that a family, or let us say, a couple, can be subjected to a story that is subjected to studied and recurrent psychological resources that advise when something should happen in the argument, or when to insinuate it, to claim the public loyalty.

It is about


viewers, who often substitute reading for these long, sometimes endless stories.

Leonardo statue in Turin.

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