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Why Books and Movies Are Better the Second Time

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http://www.livescience.com/18526-books-movies-rereading.html

New research reveals why people like to reread books, re-watch movies and generally repeat the same experiences over and over again. It’s not addictive or ritualistic behavior, but rather a conscious effort to probe deeper layers of significance in the revisited material, while also reflecting on one’s own growth through the lens of the familiar book, movie or place. See link above…

SAUDADE

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“We are all strangers in a strange land, longing for home, but not quite knowing what or where home is. We glimpse it sometimes in our dreams, or as we turn a corner, and suddenly there is a strange, sweet familiarity that vanishes almost as soon as it comes…”  Madeleine L’Engle

This quotation from L’Engle brings to mind the concept – or philosophy – of ‘saudade’ – a Portuguese word that some feel defies translation.  This state of emotional longing, quite similar to nostalgia or yearning – though different – in that the longing is for a thing, a place, a person that is absent, a lost loved one – and it may carry a repressed knowledge that the person or thing may never return.   A Portuguese dictionary has defined saudade as a melancholic feeling of incompleteness. Noted in an essay by George Monteiro, the scholar A. Bell’s 1912 definition was offered: “The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future, not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.”

  As I am writing on this concept – with all the varied interpretations possible – I would enjoy hearing of your thoughts – AND your experiences of what this has felt like to you, or what has evoked this sense of saudade in you.  Send your responses through WordPress or through my email: roldeschulte@gmail.com 

Thank you.