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Este é o meu queridíssimo Paulo Coelho!
Hello I love almost all you re books and I appreciate all you do but I really want to meet you in my dreams and to said to me or maybe to give me an advice about the problem of my mind and I have one question for you I really believe in what you teach in you re books but It is very hard to put in practice all this but my question is when one of you re parents is sick let s say that have a form of depression and more and you find you re perfect dream and you must leave him what do you do, you will stay or not?
It is now possible to print and publish and deliver within a week a single copy of a book and still make money.
In the beginning was The Word. How the word is communicated is determined by the technology of the day: clay tablets, papyrus, paper, scroll, codex. The arrival of the printing press meant the word could be distributed on an industrial scale.
Each new technology is disruptive. The monks who wrote by hand, would have gone OMG, now everyone who can read can read The Bible, who is there to interpret if for them?
Music has seen the same disruptive technology: Sheet music, the gramophone, radio. Music Halls complained at the introduction of sheet music.
Now we have the internet. Publishers, record companies shriek in pain.
For the composer, the writer, each change brings their work to a wider audience. Internet facilitates sharing.
We always have had sharing. The monks copied what was laid before them, we can copy pages of a book, a CD. Copying tended to be one to one, now with the internet we have one to many, many to many.
Campus Party 2012: Think Big, Follow Your Dreams.
Un sorriso regalato vale più di una giornata di sole!
Buon compleanno a tutti quelli che sono dimenticati. (anche senza cattiveria)
Auguri a tutti di ogni bene.
I loved your talk, it was very inspiring as your every other appearances…
I m a big fan of your writings, and I would love to somehow contribute to the “work” you do, and help spreading your message. If you have a few minutes pls check this little teaser, what we created for you with my colleagues:
We are VERY excited about your feedback!!
It is never too late… I´m on the facebook Paulo…
Le deseo muchos años de exitos en todos los aspectos de su vida, desde luego que en el amor es el numero 1 pues hay mucha gente que lo queremos por sus libros y por su forma sencilla de llegar al lector, he estado tiempo sin pasar por aquí pues estoy siguiendo mi sueño y esto me lleva bastante tiempo pero no hay un momento que no me acuerde del Alquimista, de la Bruja de Portobello, del Zahir, son ustedes, Christina y Paulo unos grandes inspiradores pues hacen que la vida de muchas personas rompan los limites de sus propias mentes, del elefantito entranado en el arte de no moverse, yo digo que hay que moverse mucho y sobretodo disfrutar de lo mas importante que es nuestra familia, nuestro entorno, poco a poco iremos consiguiendo pequeñas metas pero la mejor meta es sentirse amado y eso usted lo ha aprobado con creces.
Si mira en el espejo de su niñez comprenderá que nada es imposible, pues ese niño debilucho que tenía las ideas claras respecto a lo que quería ser, ninguna fuerza exterior pudo frenarlo, porque la fuerza de su corazón movía el molino de viento, de agua, de estrellas y de sol.
Gracias y feliz cumpleaños,
Esther Rubio Díaz.
Techonology is not one of my ‘forte’ :)
However, I am very interested in it.
The description on how it all started with the papyrus, parchemin, roll, a scroll, codex then Gutenberg’s revolution that gave access to reading to all was a good way to bring it all together with the current climate for me.
Nothing is new under the sun’ Ideas are recycled.’
I have witnessed that in my lifetime for ex: with fashion, old remedies, recipes, etc.
‘All books deal with one of 4 subjects that can be translated into 4 plots to be written :
- A love story between two people,’
- A love story between 3 people,
- A struggle for power,
- A journey.’
And I see being able to translate to the next generation what you feel now is one of my aim in life,
I see Literature
Lit (to read) tera (earth)
as something being down to Earth – that is relating life’s events as they are, not as they want us to think they are.
‘From the moment that people can read, they can judge, they can have their own versions on the subject.’ P. Coelho
Good to see the young are taking on the number 1 fear : talking in front of an audience.
Thank you for being.,
Little I can say when so much is said in your honor and on your birthday above and previously in this comment space. I wish you from the depth of my heart, a very happy birthday and may God bless your steps in the coming years too, so that you could realize the wisdom of a pilgrimage in each step taken.
The previous year, I read your Aleph. I enjoyed it, learned my share of wisdom, found a small turn somewhere along the path of reading and literary activity, felt satisfied. It was just the same impact every good book must be having on its millions of readers, just like I had when I first met you in the world of letters, in The Fifth Mountain. That was the first book I read, written by you. That was the first time in my life that I realized there are people out there who think like I do and that my thoughts are not simply some sort of ‘madness’.
My life has changed in the journey existence, hope yours too. May each change in you bring the fountain of creativity and the magic of eternal love closer!
Seem like you had fun :-) happy birthday dear Paulo :-)
Happy Birthday Dearest Paulo,
Wishing you all the best,always,
Love to you and Christina
Good conference. Happy Birthday dear Master
Buon compleanno, Paulo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Buon compleanno anche a me: nessuno lo ha mai festeggiato il mio compleanno, nè quando ero bambina nè poi.
Adesso penso a come sarebbe stato bello se qualcuno mi avesse organizzato almeno una volta nella vita una festa con la torta, i sorrisi, gli auguri.
Ma non è mai successo. Così mi rimangono tutti i miei compleanni da festeggiare. Lo farò, forse, un giorno. Ma perderò la mia condizione di bambina perchè alla fine tutto questo è stato positivo: non sono mai invecchiata, continuo a rimanere infante. Continuo a desiderare che qualcuno mi festeggi, prima o poi. E la vita rallenta, prende tempo. Non consuma la speranza. E’ molto bello anche così.
Che ne pensi, Paulo, sui miei compleanni mai festeggiati?
Buon compleanno Margherita , abbi fede e vedrai e vedrai che le cose cambieranno.
I just finished watching you speak and answer questions at the Aug 22, 2012 Campus Party Conference; quite a few of the points you spoke of intrigued me.
1) The Publishing Industry resisting the changes technology is creating.
I believe that in their attempt to “hang on” the Publishing Industry is losing sight of the value of sharing the written words. They akin themselves to the “Entertainment Industry” and while a book should entertain the reader on some level, when the emphasis is solely to entertain, unfortunately, what is being shared may be diluted. Examples would be when memoirs of only “famous people” are published regardless of the value of the story. Or books are adapted into movies and changed to be more “entertaining” (I appreciate that you will not allow this to be done with your books.)
2) On getting internet technology to “poor people”.
I lived in Honduras for five years and came to know and be befriended by many people who live in extreme poverty. A few had managed to “get connected” on the internet and got hooked very quickly by Facebook and other sites, it in no way increased their desire to share through writing—those that it is their dream to write find a way to share their stories. I also believe that we are all given opportunities to assist others (whether in our own back yard or in an impoverished country) and there will always be the need: whether it is for an individual’s or a nation’s cause as it is a necessary component of human development to be able to help others.
3) The 5 things people fear the most: death, money issues, illness, bugs, speaking in public.
I honestly don’t fear any of those things… I’m not sure what that means.
4) There are only four themes.
I really like that one and believe that can be said of most forms of sharing including visual arts, music and theatre.
5) You closed with a passionate plea (through your own example) to “follow your dream” to fight for it and that roadblocks and disappointments along the way are necessary parts of the journey—as you also so eloquently shared in “The Alchemist”.
In the early spring you offered an opportunity to dine with you in Spain. The story I shared made it to the final round; the random selection tool did not choice mine, I was disappointed to say the least. I did my best to accept that there was a “greater” reason why I could not have what I so strongly desired. I had to resist the urge to feel sorry for myself, or to think I wasn’t chosen because I wasn’t worthy. As it turned out, the day of the dinner in Spain was the day of my beloved 93 year old grandmother’s funeral—I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
Thank you Paulo, please keep sharing. And thank you for this forum to be able to share with you… even when I get a tad long-winded:)
Happy birthday and many many other miraculous thoughts and words…. Your books made me find my way in life… ♥ you Paolo Coelho
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR PAULO!
Love, Gabriela Romaria
Happy Birthday Paulo!
Hope your day will be glorious like all of them in the future.
Lately I have been thinking that on my birthday I should celebrate my mother! She was the one who made a great effort of delivering me a long time ago, after carrying me for 9 months..
24th of august 2012 is a great day also for me. My mothers husband (Raineri) has also his birthday on this day, and i consider him as my father figure as my biological died in my early teens. Today I´m also attending an Shaman meeting for 4 days so a lot of things connect.
Again, Happy birthday and love to you and your wife Christina.
Brilliant. Always love watching you speak.
you have not talked about the 7000 children which are dying of starvation today. 49 000 a week. i do not know the number of adults.
Thank you for sharing your interesting views.
I am (of course) in total awe of how you achieved such incredible and remarkable success, this shows such willpower, discipline and determination, proving that the saying “Love conquers all things” is clearly relevant to those that tenaciously adhere to following their heart.
I would like to add though, something about plagiarism, which is considered to be akin to theft. An author friend of mine who has dedicated his life to writing books on paranormal subjects, recently found to his dismay that someone else (seemingly reputable), had copied a very big section from one of his books onto the net and claimed as his own.
Solomon’s quote “There is nothing new under the sun” in this context – only applies in reference to theft, people create anew and discover mediums to express their art in new ways, and they surely deserve accreditation, at the very least, for allowing their work to be shared without the slightest recompense?
On another matter, the recent article in the Guardian that criticised your work, was absolute ********!!! A year ago to the VERY day that it was written, London was burning, young people rioting, looting, chaos, anarchy and the “critic” clearly forgot that sometimes a message of hope written simply is in the words of da Vinci “the ultimate sophistication.”
Happy Birthday, (for tomorrow)!
Good talk! It’s nice to have the recent technological progress put in its historic perspective so that we can have a feeling where it all leads us from here. Like Paulo said, many things to rethink and rewrite. Thank you for the inspiration, Paulo!
Paulo, I want to know how t0 build a pyramid! :-) Out of my book! x
Sometimes I believe pulling a hat out of a rabbit would be more interesting, than a rabbit out of a hat…
and that’s the way I can describe you, in that wonderful speech :D
Wonderful speech!! wonderful questions and answers!!
and cannot not include the wonderful moments of noise, it added fun and spirit !
Love and Gratitude
I have alot of questions where in canada can i go to to get answers?
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