Rompe mi corazón



Rompe mi corazón

no escatimes

revienta tu furia contra mi pecho

llora los venenos de la muerte


Rompe mi corazón

haz algo

ven a mí con el enojo de aquel tiempo

devora con tu fuego de serpiente


Rompe mi corazón

cava mi tumba

muérdeme el ya tan vacío rostro

desgarra de un envión mi inútil mente


Rompe mi corazón

pero háblame

repta más allá del vil recuerdo

hacia el amor que nos unía eternamente


El Matallana

Break my heart



Break my heart

do not refrain

burst your fury against my chest

cry the poisons of the death


Break my heart

do something

come to me with the anger of that time

devour me snake with your fire


Break my heart

dig my grave

bite my so empty face

tear in one shake my useless mind


Break my heart

but talk to me

creep beyond the vile memory

to the love that was for the eternity


El Matallana

Benjamin Lee Whorf: Knowledge and native language*


“Science cannot yet understand the transcendental logic of such a state of affairs, for it has not yet freed itself from the illusory necessities of common logic which are only at bottom necessities of grammatical pattern in Western Aryan grammar; necessities for substances which are only necessities for substantives in certain sentence positions, necessities for forces, attractions, etc. which are only necessities for verbs in certain other positions, and so on. Science, if it survives the impending darkness, will next take up the consideration of linguistic principles and divest itself of these illusory linguistic necessities, too long held to be the substance of Reason itself.”

Language, Mind and Reality (1942)


Short biography

Whorf graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1918 as a chemical engineer. Shortly after graduation, he began his successful career as a fire prevention engineer (inspector) for the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. Afterward he became interested in Native American, Mayan and Aztec languages. In the late 1920s, Whorf communicated his ideas to the intellectual community. As a result, he won a grant from the Social Science Research Council for a trip to Mexico in 1930 and made significant contributions to research on the Aztec language. In 1931, the well known linguist Edward Sapir took a job teaching at Yale University, and Whorf enrolled there as a part-time, non-degree graduate student. Sapir recommended Whorf to study the Hopi language. Whorf published three papers in MIT’s Technology Review in 1940 and 1941, and died of cancer at the age of 44 on July 26, 1941, at his home in Wethersfield, Connecticut.


* Carroll, J. (ed.) Language, Thought and Reality: Selected Writings of Benjamin Lee Whorf. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1956.


El Matallana

Día 197: Hongos bibliófagos atacan mis libros



Mis tesoros en papel son dos libros que encontré en el suelo de mi primera cabaña de invierno. Estaban medio enterrados, húmedos, literalmente mojados y a pesar de que desde entonces los he cuidado como si de oro se tratara, su decadencia parece seguir la dirección hacia un tobogán gigante.

Los hongos de Cabo Leeuwin son hongos bibliófagos,


Los libros tienen los mismos enemigos que el hombre:

el fuego, la humedad, los animales, el tiempo y su propio contenido.

(Paul Valéry)

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