What Rubem Said to Maria Evelina

Yes, Raquel’s birth was a purifying experience in that it empowered me to say, “this is important,” and the rest becomes blurred.  Her birth re-integrated things in my life. For example, when she was born I suddenly discovered that — absolutely — I would not spend another minute of my life writing academically.  I broke with the academic style because I decided that life is very short, very mysterious, and I didn’t have the time to waste with academics.  I would only say things in the most honest manner.  If people like it, fine.  If not, I can’t help that.  Today I couldn’t write academically even if I wanted to! 

Rubem Alves, in Mev Puleo, The Struggle Is One: Voices and Visions of Liberation

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