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There has been a revival of Noel Rosa’s life and work. But who is
this artist whose music is so greatly loved by young and old more than 60 years after his
death at only 26, and how did such a young man come to write songs with such emotional
depth?
By Brazzil Magazine

First let me congratulate you on producing such a good little
magazine. I love hearing about Brazil, but isn’t the "wide-eyed foreigner" genre
running a bit thin? Three articles by the same author in the last edition is too much!
(But at least he didn’t write about his adventures in Rio.) What about some other voices?
There are 600 000 Brazilians in the U.S., 170 000 in Japan, 160 million in Brazil, etc.
Surely, there must be some interesting stories out there.

Brennan McBride.
Via Internet

Insightful and Hilarious

I’ve been meaning to write for more than a few issues… Just a
quick note to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed John Miller’s "Postcards from
Rio." Having been there a lot (but never living there for any length of time) I
always find the "Postcards" insightful, interesting and just plain funny (often
hilariously so). To John Miller, keep up the good work and best success with your day to
day encounters with the always wonderful (but sometimes crazy) Cariocas!

Jim Connolly
Denver, Colorado

Hands Out!

Why all the fuss, even in Australia, topless bathing has been
permitted for many years. Power to the people who defy this draconian act. The Catholic
Church needs to evolve out of the Dark Ages and get on with their own issues and stop
repressing the people. They failed in the Inquisition to stop the natural will of the
people. Do you think they will ever get the message. I’ve been to Rio for Carnaval when fio
dental was the fashion, what’s different?

Larry Crouch
Australia, Via Internet

Pure Information

I am a big fan of Paulinho da Viola and I would like to
congratulate Bruce Gilman for the article "Pure Samba". It’s very rare to find
such good research about this subject. How does he get all this information?

Joao RF
Brazil, Via Internet

Learning with Brazilians

I too had the privilege of living in Brazil, Rio, in the City of
Ipanema. Oscar Niemeyer designed the apartment we lived in as well. It was beautiful and
the penthouse above our apartment had an Olympic pool. I was in my teens and now much
older, I have found those who have traveled to Brazil and have enjoyed its beauty do find
it a fascinating place. I love being an American but some Americans could learn from the
Brazilians: "In all life’s experiences keep on dancing, don’t worry, be happy!"
Thanks to Jerine Watson for sharing her beautiful experience. Brazil is great!

Miscelle
Via Internet

Bringing Antarctica

While traveling throughout Brazil in 1991 I found myself very
much enjoying Antarctica in the larger bottle. Unfortunately, I have not been able to
locate it anywhere in the USA since my return. I have seen other Brazilian beers but, not
Antarctica. This raises the question in my mind about the possibilities of exporting it to
the US. I would be interested in exploring this possibility with someone. Antarctica is
truly a very great product and I have missed it since as I have missed just being in
Brazil.

David James Hanson
lookinsouth@excite.com

Hand Offer

I am a first year medical student looking into doing research
this year with my school over the summer. After reading certain articles in Brazzil,
I came across the efforts being made to make more people aware of STD’s, AIDS, and condom
use. I am truly interested in helping out. My school is sponsoring research projects and I
would love to do something in Brazil in regard to women’s health or sex education. We are
open to plan whatever kind of project we would like.

Johanna Martinez
JM053Nani@aol.com

Translator Wanted

I came across your website in doing some research on the people
of the various quilombos in Brazil. I am looking for any and all information
related to their culture and history, especially the current culture. I have discovered
that there is far more information on the history of the people than there is on the
people and how they live today. Many of the resources I have found are in Portuguese,
however the translations that I have gotten are wooden and literal to the point of being
almost unintelligible. Any suggestions on a better Portuguese to English translator would
be invaluable to me. Any guidance and/or information that you can give me on this topic
would also be greatly appreciated. I am trying to prepare a fairly extensive report on
this group however there does not, as yet, seem to be a lot available to me through the
usual means.

Kellie J Brown
Via Internet

Longing for Brazil

I visited Rio to see my friend Cláudia and her family. I loved
it there. The people were so beautiful and kind. They have such a love of life and family.
I want to go back sometime. I just can’t do it right now ($). But I am homesick for my
second home, Brazil.

Michelle Godwin
Sandy, Utah

One More for Dias Gomes

It was really great to know a little bit more about playwright
Dias Gomes’s work. Brazilians are orphans again after losing him. He was one of the
greatest Brazilian writers alive. Now I just want to say thanks for the text about him.

Cláudio Teixeira
Via Internet

Inside Brazil

I am an American who studies cultures for my university. I am in
Rio, but I will go to Bahia in a few days and I would love to write for you guys, I study
photojournalism. I am planning on studying capoeira in Bahia and I could do an
article about that, or on Afro-Brazilian culture. What do you need help with?

Jihan Abdalla
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sounds Great

Thanks for your article on Fortaleza. I have a son living in
Fortaleza for two years. He’s been there a year already and he loves it. It’s nice to know
that the place and the people are so nice and beautiful.

Via Internet

Burning Questions

I’ve found your Internet page very interesting, but there are
some questions that I’d like to know and they are: "Who are the people in your
country (Brazil)? How many are they and why? What is the age breakdown (old vs. young)?
What percent work as farmers, soldiers, traders, professionals, etc? Where do the people
live and why? What is the typical family size, roles in the family, housing, education,
etc? Do the Brazilian people value peace or conquest? I would be very thankful if you
could answer my questions!

Via Internet

What’s the Scoop?

I am fascinated about the Brazilian culture and all there is to
offer. I have a dear friend from the country, so I would love to learn the customs,
language, anything at all!

Maureen A. Christian
Easton, Pensylvannia

Transcultural Zine

Are you guys sending issues to the Emerson College Library in
Boston, Massachusetts? This coming Thursday I need to deliver an essay on
"Transculturation Linguistic", and your magazine is the perfect example of it,
but hard to find. There it will be great for others who also in the future may want to
conduct other researches related to Brazil.

Von Rommell G. Fernandes
Boston, Massachusetts

Book of Her Life

I’m interested in buying the book on the life of Chiquinha
Gonzaga, can you tell me a little bit more about her life, if she divorced Jacinto? I want
to purchase the book, can i get more info about it.

Janice
Via Internet

Tuning In

I heard that there are antennas that capture Rede Globo TV. I
live the in Los Angeles area and I have been looking for these antennas without success.
Would you please be so kind, and let me know if you guys have any information about it? Or
whom I may contact?

Rosie Medina
Los Angeles, California

Sure Would

I am a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin,
studying the history of Brazil. I am currently working on the transplantation of slaves by
immigrants in Brazil. Would you consider publishing it?

Kim Richardson
Austin, Texas

The Ropes

I want information about how to do business in Brazil? Which is
the specific cultural point in Brazil? Which mistakes can I avoid? If you have information
about telecom market in Brazil, can we send me by e-mail and other information about
Brazil

Corinne Sandell
France

Looking for Isaura

I am wondering if you would have more information on a series I
saw as a child in Eastern Europe. It was a series on a slave called Isaura and all of
Europe went crazy over it. Is there a web site that I could access? I do not speak
Spanish, but I do speak Hungarian a bit of German and of course English.

Monica Muller
Via Internet

Djavan Fan

I am a big fan of the Brazilian singer Djavan; have you ever
interviewed him? If so, I would like a copy of that issue. Also, please send me a free
sample of your magazine.

Yvonne Cleveland
Rochester, New York

Big News

Recently in school we have been studying Brazil. We were asked to
find a major issue in Brazil. In your opinion, what is the biggest issue going on right
now?

Chris
Via Internet

History Witness

I’m glad to know Brazzil in spite of its double z’s. I’m not
proficient in English, but I’d like to jot down some words about Brazil’s 500 years. I
lived in Santa Cruz Cabrália in Bahia for two months last year. And I can say it was an
amazing experience at Brazil’s "Terra Mater".

Fernando Fagundes
Brazil, Via Internet

Outdated

Gostaria de fazer uma sugestão. Eu estava checando na Internet
sobre alguns restaurantes brasileiros ou algum lugarzinho pra passar um good time,
daí fiquei a tarde toda anotando e ligando pra saber informacões, e descobri que a
maioria dos lugares estavam fechados, telefones desligados e os que atenderam nem eram
brasileiros.
Acho que vocês deveriam ter um pouco mais de consideração com as pessoas e tentar
atualizar o seu calendário de vez em quando, que é pra que as pessoas nao precisem
perder tempo nem fazer ligações perdidas de longa distância pedindo informações de
lugares que já não existem há muitos anos. Teve um lugar que chamei que já não existe
há quatro anos e vocês continuam anunciando. Façam um trabalho bem feito que é pra
gente acreditar e ter confiança em vocês.

Lena
Los Angeles, California

How Many?

Recebi uma missão um tanto ingrata, pois encontro dificuldades
em realizá-la. Preciso descobrir o tamanho da comunidade brasileira em Chicago. Vocês
teriam como me ajudar? Existe algum tipo de estatística deste tipo aí?

Solange
São Paulo, Brazil

Country Rescue

Parabéns por tão brilhante resgate da memória do imortal João
Pacífico e da música caipira. Quando houver novidade, solicito a gentileza de dispô-la.

Laci Lombardi
Santa Catarina, Brazil

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