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Irreverent, sensual without being crass, author Joyce
Cavalcante has focused her writer’s eye on the resigned lives of women
bred for generations to pray, marry and die. She has woven these elements
into all her books, while living in Rio de Janeiro, where she learned about
life in the big city, as well as in New York City, Washington D.C., and
São Paulo, where she currently lives and works.
By Brazzil Magazine

Gilberto Gil

Criar meu web site

Fazer minha home-page

Com quantos gigabytes

Se faz uma jangada

Um barco que veleje

Que veleje nesse infomar

Que aproveite a vazante da infomaré

Que leve um oriki do meu velho orixá

Ao porto de um disquete de um micro em Taipé

Um barco que veleje nesse infomar

Que aproveite a vazante da infomaré

Que leve meu e-mail até Calcutá

Depois de um hot-link

Num site de Helsinque

Para abastecer

Eu quero entrar na rede

Promover um debate

Juntar via Internet

Um grupo de tietes de Connecticut

De Connecticut acessar

O chefe da Macmilícia de Milão

Um hacker mafioso acaba de soltar

Um vírus pra atacar programas no Japão

Eu quero entrar na rede pra contactar

Os lares do Nepal, os bares do Gabão

Que o chefe da polícia carioca avisa pelo celular

Que lá na praça Onze tem um videopôquer para se
jogar

On the Internet

To create my Web site

To make my homepage

With as many gigabytes

As you need to make a raft

A boat that will sail

That will sail in this infosea

That will go out on infotide tide

That will take my invocation of my old Orisa

To the port of a diskette of a micro in Taipei

A boat that will sail in this infosea

That will go out on infotide tide

That will take my E-mail to Calcutta

After a hot link

In a site of Helsinki

To refuel

I want to get in the Net

To start up a debate

To link via Internet

A group of Connecticut’s fans

From Connecticut to access

Milan’s Macmilitia’s chief

A Mafioso hacker has just released

A virus to attack programs in Japan

I want to get in the Net to contact

Homes in Nepal

Bars in Gabon

That the Carioca (from Rio) police chief tells me on
the cellular

that there’s a videopoker to be played at the Eleven
square

TV
Punished nudity

Brazilian
novelas (soap operas) have become a super show and a daily
guessing game in which the quiz is always the same: who is the
next actress to take her clothes off on camera? Xica da Silva,
Manchete TV network’s prime-time novela, is a
perfect illustration of that. After four months in the air, the
soap about a black slave who gets the affection of her master
during the very prude empire period, has already disrobed seven
of its characters. The strip-tease of Xica herself, played by
Taís Araújo, was surrounded by months of hoopla.

Even before the novela started everyone in Brazil knew
Taís would show it all. The problem was her age: she was a
minor. The July 1990 Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente (Child
and Adolescent Code) forbids anyone who isn’t 18 from appearing
naked on the media. Exactly three days after her much ballyhooed
birthday celebration, Taís appeared in all her glorious
nakedness and took a waterfall shower. The scene lasted 2 minutes
and 20 seconds, an eternity on TV.

Ratings-wise
the show with the strip-tease was a flop. Unwisely, Manchete
scheduled the showing for the same day and same time TV Globo was
broadcasting Palmeiras x Portuguesa, the national soccer
championship final game. Xica da Silva got 8 points in the
Ibope (the Brazilian Nielsen) compared to the 9 to 12 points it
was getting previously.

A picture published in the press one day after Taís birthday,
was the proof judge Siro Darlan from Rio’s Child and Adolescence
First Court needed to rule that the filming of the bare-it-all
scenes had been made before Taís was of age. Darlan punished
Manchete with an exemplary slap on the wrist: a fine that might
be as little as $300, and never to exceed $2,000.

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