Saturday, April 6, 2013

Stories:Instructions to mourn

Instructions to mourn: Julio Cortázar

Leaving aside the reasons, let us stick to the right way to mourn, meant as a cry not to enter in the scandal or that insults the smile with its parallel and awkward likeness. The average, everyday weeping consists of a general contraction of the face and a spasmodic sound accompanied by tears and snot, the latter at the end, as the cry ends the moment one blows strongly. To mourn, steer the imagination toward yourself, and if this is impossible to have contracted the habit of believing in the external world, think of a duck covered with ants or of those gulfs in the Strait of Magellan in which nobody enters, ever. Coming to the weeping itself, cover the face decorously, using both hands, palms inward. The children will weep with his sleeve against the face, and preferably in a corner of the room. Average duration of crying, three minutes

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