Friday, November 20, 2009



• What is Insomnia for you? My place of work. They sat on it, they thought about it, they didn’t sleep for a very long time and the result was Insomnia. Opera Somnia. (ianos)

• This is a strange place. The only pub in Cluj that changes its location; it used to be somewhere downtown now it’s here ; here I organized some translation activities several times ; people already know about it ; last year there was a door here and because more and more people are coming to the literary stuff, they enlarged this wall ; they still need to fix this piano, to tune it up, so that we can have some improvised sessions at our reading evenings ; good things keep happening here ; I wouldn’t have gone to Berlin if I’d known that the one I consider the best (Romanian) poet of the eighties was going to be here ; he’s a guy who lives in the country, somewhere in Salaj. Only the few refined know him. His name is Viorel Muresan. He went to live in the country; he isn’t interested in being well-known. I think he hasn’t even been to the West and he’s almost 60. On the other hand he’s the best writer. I’m gonna invite him too once.


• Consider these two images : Paris and Madrid! They have the largest subway networks in Western Europe and Southern Europe, respectively. That guy, the French or Spanish architect had the perspective of the future on his mind a hundred years ago and he based the city projects on it. We ? Are we still at the stage past, present, future? Two years ago they started the airport investment. They showed up and announced : ‘Mega investment ! It will be the biggest airport in Eastern Europe.’ And they started the construction. No impact study had been made. The airport is right in the city. There are two flight passageways above the city. The one coming from Oradea and the one going to Dej. One is for taking off, the other is for landing. And they kept bragging about their big investment. And they would say : ‘As of 2012, we’ ll have Boeing 897 here, that huge airbus…’ And I asked : ‘Do you know how many decibels that means for our city ? So you’ll understand: ‘It ‘s as if a train were passing ringing off the alarm 20 meter high above every five minutes.’ And these guys got a prize for the most dynamically developed airport. They made the departure terminal, they inaugurated it, then they made the arrival terminal, they inaugurated it too… ‘What a cool airport we’ve got!’ and as the traffic increased, they realized something….that they had no connection between the departure terminal and the arrival terminal. For these award receivers….apparently there are no people in transit!


Ce e pentru tine Insomnia? Locu’ de munca. Au stat, au cugetat, n-au dormit foarte multa vreme si a iesit insomnia. Opera Somnia. Asta-i un loc ciudat. Singura carciuma din Cluj care-si schimba locul; a fost undeva in centru, acum a venit aici; aici am organizat de mai multe ori chestii de traduceri; déjà stie lumea; anul trecut era o usa aici si pentru ca vine din ce in ce mai mult public, au largit peretele asta; mai trebuie sa repare pianul ala, sa-l re-acordeze, sa avem si ceva improvizatii la serile astea de lectura; aici se tot intampla lucruri bune; nici n-as fi plecat din oras daca as fi stiut ca vine cel mai mare poet optzecist in opinia mea; este un tip care traieste la tara, undeva in judetul Salaj. Il stiu doar rafinatii. Il cheama Viorel Muresan. El s-a retras la tara; pe el nu-l intereseaza sa fie recunoscut. Cred ca nici n-a calatorit vreodata in Occident si are aproape 60 de ani. In schimb scrie cel mai bine. O sa-l invit si eu o data!


Priviti urmatoarele doua imagini: Paris si Madrid! In care sunt cele mai mari retele de metrou din Europa de Vest, respectiv Europa de Sud. Ala, arhitectul francez sau spaniol, de acum o suta de ani, avea in minte perspectiva viitorului si cu ea lucra cand facea planurile orasului. "Noi? Tot la stadiul trecut, present, viitor suntem?" Acum doi ani au inceput investitia in aeroport. Au venit si au anuntat: “Mega investitie! Va fi cel mai mare aeroport din Europa de Est.” Si-au inceput sa construiasca. Nu se facuse nici un studiu de impact. Aeroportul e taman in oras. Exista doua coloane de zbor deasupra orasului. Asta care vine dinspre Oradea si cel care merge spre Dej. Unul e de decolare, unul de aterizare. Si astia se tot laudau cu marea investitie. Si ziceau: “Din 2012 aici o sa vina Boeing 897, aici airbusul ala imens…” Si i-am intrebat: “Voi stiti ce inseamna chestia asta in decibeli pentru oras? Pe intelesul vostru: “E ca si cum ar trece o locomotiva care trage semnalul, 20 de metri distanta in sus, la fiecare 5 minute.” Iar astia au primit premiu pentru aeroportul care se dezvolta cel mai dinamic. Au facut terminalul de plecari, l-au inaugurat, apoi au facut terminalul de sosiri, l-au inaugurat si p-asta… “Ce super aeroport avem!” si crescand traficul si-au dat seama de un lucru… ca nu aveau legatura intre terminalul de plecari si cel de sosiri. Pentru premiantii astia… Nu exista oameni in tranzit!