LETTERS

    LETTERS

    In a list of 150 countries classified by the he Gini index—an
    indicator
    used internationally to measure income distribution—Brazil appears
    as number 148 in a list of 150 countries. And the country is losing its
    battle to reduce this blatant inequality.
    By Brazzil Magazine

    As a member of the ever-expanding underground movement of Brazil nuts in the US I
    always look forward to the next issue of Brazzil. Just today received the latest
    issue. As a photographer and a writer who is obsessed with Brazil I find your magazine
    informative as well as a source for creative inspiration. I have been traveling to Brazil
    regularly for the last 16 years.

    I was there on three separate occasions last year alone, on one trip I spent a couple
    of months working on a Brazilian film production. I have been married to a Brasileiro
    for seven years now and we have a home in NY as well as São Paulo. I am writing a script
    with/for a very respected Brazilian filmmaker. Of course it’s about an estrangeiro
    in Brazil. As I said Brazzil has been more than helpful as a source of facts and
    material. But alas, as I went to insert the March issue into my small though growing
    library of small black and white magazines, I did a count and realized I didn’t receive
    all the issues since I subscribed. I’m missing (and I do mean I’m missing—saudade)
    the September and January issues. I know I could read them on line but if it’s possible to
    get these issues to fill the void in my library it would be much appreciated. In the
    meantime, keep up the good work.

    John Clifford
    New York, NY

    No Going Back

    I am a Brazilian communications student in Pennsylvania who every month checks the Brazzil
    magazine. Every month you bring articles that are interesting and sometimes they make me
    mad. I have read on the latest issue the article "The American Nightmare" about
    adopted kids from Brazil who are being deported from the United States. I was outraged by
    this calamity and by the absurd trick the INS is playing on these kids. I believe this
    situation must not be ignored or hushed by American authorities. This deserves a gigantic
    coverage by the media. I am not aware of how the Brazilian media is handling the case, or
    if they even know about it, but I am ready as a student and as a free lance writer for
    different magazines and college papers to bring forth such a story.

    Fernando Oliveira
    Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania

    From Fry to Fire

    The Americans want to keep Elian but deport Herbert and Silva? Do they realize that
    these "Brazilian" youngsters were taken to America by Americans? I think that
    what the American immigration is doing is very wrong. The youngsters escaped from the
    frying pan into the fire.

    C. M.
    Via Internet

    The Prince and the Pauper

    I am doing research on a documentary on the gap between the rich and the poor,
    particularly in Brazil. The programme is being made for broadcast on BBC World as part of
    a series called "Life", which is an examination of the impact of globalization
    on life at the beginning of the 21st century.

    It is a "think piece", containing interviews with various "experts"
    (both for and against the eradication of poverty) interspersed with human stories. I
    wonder if you could put me in touch with people in Brazil (we’ll be in São Paulo and Rio)
    who could help me to understand the situation there, or who would be good interview
    subjects. The director (Steve Bradshaw) is thinking of interviewing a very wealthy person
    (I’m thinking of Roberto Marinho), and then the poorest of the poor in the favelas.
    Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome! Thank you.

    Sian Buckley
    London, England

    A Tip, Anyone?

    I hope you will be able to answer a question for me. Some time ago I saw an article in
    an American magazine, Civil War Times, about an organization in Brazil or a
    group of people called "Os Confederados". Our local newspaper, The Herald-Sun
    also carried an article about this group, including photographs. These people are the
    descendants of Confederate veterans who emigrated to Brazil after the American Civil War
    ended.

    To preserve their Southern heritage and the English language they began holding an
    annual festival a few years ago, I think in a place called Americana. The festival is
    always held in November. I am very anxious to contact someone from this organization. I
    have relatives who fought for the Confederacy and am involved with Civil War reenactments.
    I would be most grateful if you would respond to this message and, if possible, put me in
    touch with someone from the organization.

    Fred Hawkins
    Durham, North Carolina
    frederick.hawkins@worldnet.att.net

     

    How About

    My congratulations go your way. I just finished reading an excerpt of Brazzil
    and found it to be educating and wonderful. My question is, does your magazine or has Brazzil
    ever published articles relating to epilepsy or alcoholism? And what about pediatric and
    geriatric AIDS? I ask these questions because we as a universe of people should be aware
    of these conditions and diseases. I am 39 years old and have had epilepsy for 35 years.

    Nikolas Torres
    Via Internet

    Fatal Attraction

    Philip, I read your article entitled "Lessons in Revelry" in the March 2000
    issue of Brazzil. I must tell you, I really enjoyed it. The wonderful touches of
    humor you included and the rest of your story gave me a feeling of just how crazy Carnaval
    really is. I just started dating a Brazilian girl in Los Angeles (she’s been living here
    in the States for five years now) and we picked up the issue of Brazzil after she
    took me to a Brazilian restaurant in Hollywood.

    She’s trying to teach me all about this Brazilian stuff, so she makes me read all these
    different articles. Since I don’t speak Portuguese, thank God your article was in English.
    LOL. Anyway, I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your article. I
    certainly hope to get down to Brazil some day because I hear you can kiss girls on the
    street for no reason other than you’re attracted to them. Now that really sounds like fun.

    Ken
    Los Angeles, California

    Show and Tell

    I am a teacher at a small school in Canada. We teach our children about Brazil when
    they are in grade 8. They find it fascinating and we learn a lot over the course of the
    year. Unfortunately my school has no videos to show them. My school does not have a lot of
    money to spend and I am trying to find some place that has videos that are very
    inexpensive or preferable free. The videos do not need to be new, they can be used or
    older, but I just would like to be able to show the children video of the beautiful
    country and culture. If you have or are aware of any place or person that would have what
    I am looking for please let me know.

    Jason Smith
    Edmonton, Canada
    jasonsmi@telusplanet.net

    Fila News

    It was great to see the article you published on the Fila Brasileiro. It is a valuable
    information for those who are interested in the breed. Please announce in your next issue
    that on November 11/12 the Fila Brasileiro Association is promoting the FBA Fall Circuit
    bringing knowledgeable Brazilian judges from Brazil to judge the Filas in the Billy Bob’s
    Texas Arena, in Fort Worth, Texas, an indoors arena with 1,200 seats.

    This is the greatest Fila event of the world! Over 60 Filas enter in the ring to be
    judged. Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. there is the Temperament Test and Sunday at noon the
    beautiful Black Filas Parade. Anyone not being able to attend the circuit may ask for
    videos to the FBA at 5029 CR 605 Burleson, TX 76028, phone 817- 447 3868.

    Clelia Kruel
    Via Internet

    Party Time

    I am an international concerts producer based in Boston. I am putting together a
    10-city worldwide tour celebrating Brazil 500 years. A historic event from Boston to Rio
    (the fun has just begun). I need to know who is interested in getting involved. There will
    be great financial opportunities for every one involved. PCL International is looking for
    Brazilian producers with network in Brazil and America to participate.

    Patric Lacroix
    Allston, Massachusetts

    Missing Letter

    Very interesting your article on four-letter words. There are some missing entries and
    incomplete ones, but it’s very nice anyway. You missed some on Sex (Oral), To Have: `falar
    no microfone’, `mamar no pau.’ I used to hear and say that a lot back in Rio de
    Janeiro (about 20 years ago, Leblon, Ipanema, and Gávea area) if

    I wanted a girl to suck me. Vem cá, querida, falar no meu microfone…ou também
    usava mamar no pau. Also, on Sex (Anal), To Have: `tomar na peida’, `levar
    cagalhão pela contra-mão’, `tomar na rosca’, and `bater farinha’.

    Marcus V. Gay
    Via Internet

    Northeast Addendum

    I think you need to include information on the creation of the Sudene in 1959 and the
    struggle of Celso Furtado cut short by the military regime en 1964. I remind you just in
    case that Sudene is celebrating in June 8-9 its creation and Furtado’s 80th birthday. Saludos
    cordiales

    Carlos Mallorquín
    Mexico D.F.

    Suit Yourself

    I just read your article on Suba. It’s great! Do you mind if I quote some of it? I put
    a link to your page at http://www.crammed.be/news. Keep up the good work.

    Vincent Kenis
    Crammed Discs Webmaster

    Ready to Go

    I would like to find out how I can get some maps and vacation plans to visit Brazil
    south of Rio, including activities such as: parks, movie houses, amusements, beaches (nude
    & regular) and information on singles groups so I may meet other people who are
    looking for companions, relationships or just pen-pals.

    Dave Quillan
    Caledonia, Michigan

    TV Tuning

    I am a journalism student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For a
    class project I am researching Brazilian journalism, specifically television. I would like
    to get a contact that could give me any information on news, programming or censorship.
    Anything would be helpful. If you could please email me back with some information as soon
    as possible that would be great.

    Katherine James
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Desperate Search

    My name is Inge. I’m a Dutch girl, but I live in Spain, in the Mallorca Balearis
    Islands. I’m (for almost two years now) desperately looking for a friend of mine. His name
    is Danilo Pinheiro, he is about 45 years old and he lived in Barcelona for 10 years and
    had a bar there called "made in brazil." He is a musician, plays the guitar and
    sings bossa nova. I know he’s out there and I’d love to get back in touch with him. So if
    you can please help me.

    Inge
    Spain
    ibastiaans@hotmail.com
     

    A Little Bit More

    I want to first thank you for this wonderful magazine. It has been of great help to me
    in doing research on Brazil. I have still a few questions and if they could be answered I
    would be extremely grateful.

    What are the health programs the Brazilian government has currently? How has the
    different religions (Catholic and Protestant) taken a part in helping the poor? How has
    the government? If you could head me in the right direction of helpful articles or answer
    me directly, again I would appreciate it greatly.

    Jeff Bochsler
    Via Internet

    Going There

    I have long been interested in your country. Finally I have time and $$$ to come your
    way. Refuse to be tourist…Seeking a means fit in…Look forward to your publication…Be
    well.

    Ned Rollo
    Garland, Texas

    Soap Quiz

    I would like to know who are the performers in the soap opera Xica because I
    have seen the names at the opening of the show but the only one I know is Taís Araújo,
    who plays the part of Xica. I could not find anything in the Internet and maybe you could
    help.

    Familia Leyva
    nonosleyva@theriver.com
     

    Subtleties

    Sou um curioso da vida do Noel. A letra transcrita de Último Desejo contém um erro. O
    "meu lar é o botequim, ao invés de um botequim. Ou seja, eu faço um botequim de
    meu lar e não o meu lar de botequim. Sutilezas da nossa língua. Parabéns pela
    reportagem, muito bem feita e fiel à vida de Noel.

    Flávio Torres
    Brazil

    Food for Thinker

    Hello, man! Well… Why speak in English with u? Hehe! Já que meu inglês é meio
    ruim, vou falar com você em português mesmo… Eu vi algumas coisas sobre o Gabriel, o
    Pensador em seu site… Tenho muitas músicas dele em MP3, e gostaria de saber se você
    precisaria de algumas… Gosto de divulgar o trabalho do Gabriel, já que no Brasil, ele
    somente se tornou famoso após seu terceiro CD, embora 80% das pessoas pensam que este
    seja o primeiro.

    Pedro de Lara
    Brazil, Via Internet

    Viva el Fila!

    Quiero felisitarlos por el buen camino, de preservar la pureza de la raza fila, que
    para mi es un orgulloso patrimonio del Brasil. Soy un criador de pastores alemanes por 40
    anos y un ferviente admirador del fila brasileiro y estoy comenzando a realizar uno de mis
    suenos, criar filas. Lei completa la obra del Dr. Paulo Santos, y aprovechar un
    reconocimiento desde los EEUU a ciudadanos brasileiros quen sin duda alguna son heroes en
    la preservacion del fila como son Dr Paulo, el Sr. Giovani Eder F Carvalho (quizas a este
    Sr, el Brasil le deve en su totalidad el rescate de la pureza del fila y el haver
    presevado las mejores lineas de sangre mas antiguas en pureza del Brasil).

    El sr. Giovani a quien tuve el honor de conocer y visitar en su casa en Aparecida, São
    Paulo, es el dueno del canil Itapua. Tambien tuve el honor de conocer al juiz del Cafib
    Jonas Tadeu Iacovantuono, con quien conperti largas conversaciones aprendiendo bastante de
    su saviduria en la materia. y el jaque mate fue el canil Mantiqueira, en Cruzeiro, São
    Paulo, cuyo propietario Nelsinho Fernandes, hombre de principios, honesto y profesional en
    lo que a los filas se refiere, propietario de Xandoque de Itapua, a mi pobre entender
    quizas el mejor padrote actualmente en el Brasil.

    De aqui adquiri 5 cadelas y un macho que actualmente se encuentran en Florida, EEUU.
    Todos de las lineas de Elo de Itapua, Nagan do Amparo, Ita de Itapua, Colina de Jawa, Leoa
    da Voz do Vento, Xara da Boa Sorte, y del mensionado Xandoque de Itapua, creo sinceramente
    tener los futuros campiones de los EEUU, donde en una forma irresponsable han destruido al
    Fila Brasileiro con cruces totalmete ajenos a lo que es el Fila. Agradeciendoles su
    atencion les saluda

    P. Eduardo Selva
    Florida City, Florida
    Via Internet

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