Public approval of the Real plan is not unanimous anymore.
Complaints range from the rise in unemployment and social justice issues to the fact that
many of the Real plan’s proposals have never materialized. But the plan did lower Brazil’s
poverty rates and improved eating habits even for the poorest.
By Brazzil Magazine
Ok guys, enough is enough. I have been reading your magazine for a long time now and am
quite tired of your insistence on putting pictures of naked women in every issue. Take the
July issue, for example, on page 6. The article "Love on Sale" talked about the
decrease of movement in motels in 30%, correct? Tell me what was the need to put that
girl’s breasts picture to illustrate the article? You guys are abusing your readers and I
don’t care if in Brazil this is "good taste" because here it is not.
As a woman, I don’t think Brazilian men respect them anyway, but you have to understand
that you are in a country that respects women. And that is why I live here. Why don’t you
put pictures of naked guys, showing their penises off? Get a grip on yourselves, stop that
macho mentality, and respect women.
From today on you have three subscribers less: me and two other friends (a girl and a
guy). They also think Brazil is much more than breasts and butts. And I cannot believe
that Brazilian women like your magazine either. Nobody likes to be disrespected this way.
If they allow this to happen is either because they don’t have another choice or because
they don’t know any better. It is very sad to see that the only Brazilian publication
available in Los Angeles has to come from the hands of such immature and irresponsible
men. Don’t you think it is time to do something about it?
I wish you good luck in this country and wish the Brazilian women good luck too in
dealing with the Brazilian men. Before I finish, as a Brazilian friend told me too, I have
to tell you that I’m not a frustrated woman. I’m young, very attractive, very intelligent,
have plenty of boyfriends and I make my own money. I’m single by choice, travel a lot and
speak five different languages.
I am very disappointed with Brazzil because it takes until the end of each month
to receive it. I don’t mind paying an extra couple dollars to get the magazine in the
beginning of each month. Please consider to raise the cost, so we can enjoy the magazine,
otherwise this is going to be a big mess, getting the magazine in the end of each month.
Esdras Othon Leitão
I have a monthly subscription to Brazzil. Glad to see it in the mailbox when it
arrives. I travel to Rio once a year and Brazzil keeps me informed about things. In your
letters section, I’m always amused by the negative letters that accuse Brazzil of
showing Brazil in a negative way. Having been there myself, your approach to truthfulness
I see the United States and Brazil to be more similar than most realize. Similar in the
sense that you got a "have" group and a "have-not" group and the
"have" group wants an image portrayed that everybody is a "have" group
member and if you do find somebody who is poor and destitute, it is that person’s fault.
So you got the "have" group more worried about guilt avoidance and being blamed
for the "have-not" group.
One way to pursue this agenda is to complain about magazines that show people suffering
and not so fortunate. I guess that the "have" group thinks that if magazines and
TV stop reporting on the poor then they won’t be reminded because being reminded
retriggers guilt. And one more thing: sex. The United States culture plays too many games
with sex. I see in Brazil more openness and being more honest about the subject. In the
U.S., it is not uncommon for a guy to be "put out to pasture" at 25 or 27 after
having one or two children with his wife. So you got a married guy whose wife doesn’t want
to perform any more and he is expected to shut down his sex life at age 27. I’m always
amused about the number of married U.S. guys I meet in front of the Rio Othon Hotel
looking for action.
I received my first copy of your Brazzil magazine in the mail yesterday, and I
was very pleased and impressed. I found your publication to be very well organized and
informative, as well as remarkably well put together and edited, so that an American with
high curiosity and interest in Brazilian culture could easily get a lot of valuable
information. Your magazine covers societal issues, economics and finance, general public
interest, and entertainment/fashion, all in a format that kept me fascinated and
interested. Great job! Thanks again, and keep up the excellent work!
Lake Forest, California
I just visited your site and had a great time reading the story about Rede Globo and
the notes on Jorge Zahar and Lúcio Costa. I’d like to congratulate you on the great job
you are doing. Although Brazzil is a small operation, you are thorough and rigorous
in your coverage and the editorial quality rivals that of any big media outlet. I sure do
enjoy reading Brazzil way more than [leading Brazilian magazine] Veja! I
would like to know if you would be interested in contributions. I do a lot of creative
writing and I am also interested in Science and Technology writing. ( I am finishing my
Ph.D. at MIT).
João Paulo Aumond
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Recently, I had the great pleasure of running into your Web site. For the first time
I’ve seen an extensive coverage of Brazil that not only reports current events in every
facet of Brazilian society, but also analyzes and explores issues, which constantly face
the Brazilian people. As a native Brazilian who has lived in the U.S. for over half of her
life, I find myself becoming more removed from Brazil daily. Yet, my interest in the
culture, news, people, and institutions of Brazil remains strong. I thank you for doing
such an incredible job of keeping us (i.e., Brazilian-Americans and others interested in
In reviewing the information of Brazilian communities in America, I haven’t found any
news regarding the New Orleans community. Even though it is not extensive, it is present
in this city, particularly through an organization called the Brazilian-American Cultural
Institute (BACI). I’m very grateful to the staff and all the superb writers of Brazzil
for creating this great publication, and informing many about the country we love.
In a few weeks I’ll be moving to metro Chicago to begin my undergraduate studies at
Northwestern University, where I plan to major in journalism. If Brazzil offers a
summer internship program, then please send me information; I would love to apply for ’99.
Or, if you would need a contributing writer in the Chicago area, I would gladly send
samples of my writing from a selective internship at The Times-Picayune, metro New
Orleans’ daily, as well as other writings and a resume. The ability to learn about Brazil
in-depth each month is truly exciting for me. Thank you for the knowledge.
Nancy Valeria Randall
New Orleans, Louisiana
Brazzil Magazine offers a cornucopia of information about a wide range of topics
on Brazil and its people. I find the format of this magazine exciting, informative and
entertaining. Please process my request for a subscription immediately.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I have been a subscriber to your magazine for a few years and find it to be great. I am
president of a small beverage company in Seattle that produces guaraná soft drinks
made from Brahma concentrate. I just put up a Web site and included a link to your site. I
hope that is OK with you. Keep up the excellent work. You can check us out at www.solrio.com
What I Was
I am a London-based electric bassist, working with `worldbeat music’ band Zubop . I
have only recently connected to the Net, and I was delighted to find Bruce Gilman’s
interview with Jovino. I first encountered Hermeto on Live Evil, but really only became
aware of the enormity and depth of his work through my friend Mark Wood (a fine guitarist
– I’m sure Jovino would agree: he has more than once played with Hermeto’s group). I first
saw the group in the early eighties when they made their London debut at Logan Hall.
Earlier this year, British magazine Avant published an interview I did in 1994
with Itiberê Zwarg, when the group was here for the Brasil/UK Big Band’ tour. There had
been occasional articles about Hermeto in various UK magazines, but many of these had
covered similar groundall of them neglecting certain areas in which I was
interested, to do with the functioning of the group, rehearsals and so on. Indeed, I have
never seen anything on these topics until this afternoon, when I discovered Brazzil’s
I appreciate the fact that you make all the major publications in Brazil available
online to everyone. Brazzil.com is the site for Brazil.
Amman M Said
White Plains, New York
I have been visiting your site and I appreciate it. I am not Brazilian. but my family
is. There are about 5,000 Brazilians in Paris (when there is no World Cup, that is). What
do you think about having a French edition of Brazzil? I am sure people would like
I went to Brazil last summer for three weeks on a school trip and fell in love with the
country. Just trying to keep up with what is going until I can visit again.
Harry A. Schrecengost
College Park, Maryland
I must write an essay about Brazil but I do not know what to write about. Can you
please help me?
I’d appreciate if you could provide me the electronic address of the Brazilian-American
Cultural Institute and/or data for a research paper regarding the cultural relations
between Brazil and the U.S. under all aspects, as well as directions on how to find good
material on this subject. P.S.: I’m running out of time. I’m really counting on you for
the success of this project.
Brazil, Via Internet
Want to See
I’m so glad I found your site. It’s really great and will keep me reading for a long
time… but I would also like to see a hard copy. Please send me a sample copy.
I am very pleased to receive my first issue of your magazine. For me it is very
important to keep in touch with my native country. I am a Portuguese teacher working in
New York and I would like to advertise my lessons in your magazine.
New York, New York
I read Bruce Gilman’s article "Times of Gall" on Tropicalismo and I enjoyed
it a lot. It is very well written and I intend to read and study it with my friends.
Osmar Moreira dos Santos
Brazil, Via Internet
I am very interested in the Brazilian singer Joyce. Do you know her full family
(surname) and why she only goes by her first name? Any other biographical info on Joyce is
I am trying to get some information on places in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. I
thought about placing my questions on your Forum, but I didn’t know which thread to use. I
am a translator (from English into Japanese) living in Japan, and in the book I am
translating right now there is one episode which takes place in Brazil, in the state of
Rio Grande do Sul. Actually, the story takes place in a fazenda near Lagoa dos
Patos, and in one of the sentences it says: "The people (of the fazenda) are
held highly locally and in the municipality of Viamão."
So I wanted to find out the relationship between these two places. I went to libraries
and looked through the maps of Brazil, but I couldn’t find either "Lagoa dos
Patos" or "Viamão". That’s why I started searching the Net. Then on one of
the Web pages, I learned that Viamão "may" be the state capital city of Rio
Grande do Sul, because I found this sentence: "Viamão, capital do Rio Grande do
Sul…" I don’t understand Portuguese, but I guessed. Is this correct? If not, is
Viamão a city, county, town, or village? And I also wonder if "Lagoa dos Patos"
is part of Viamão. Would you please let me know if my guessings are correct? I am sorry
to bother you, but there are not very many Web sites in English about Brazil…
Oi, Brasileiros, your Web page is totally awesome. How about keeping the music
going the whole time one is reading your page? After all how better could it get to hear
the music from Brazil while reading about the world’s most loved country. Thanks for every
day on Brazzil.
Jay M. Trennoche
Hawaii Via Internet
I would love a sample copy. This looks like a great publication for those of us who
have traveled to and fell in love with Brasil and her people. Would like to see a Dallas
listing. Keep up the good work.
Atlanta and its vicinity have very little to offer in terms of Brazilian culture and
news. I am looking for a publication that could bridge the gap between the very
superficial coverage that CNN affords to Brazilian issues, and a more in-depth and
balanced analysis. Please send a free sample of your magazine.
Can’t you find Brazzil
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