04-01-15 - Litpick's Six Minutes with Facundo Raganato:
7 - What else would you like to tell us?
Artists . . . don’t you EVER give up, and do not feel discouraged by the modern world we live, and if you do, give me a call . . . or, better yet, write a poem, compose a song, create a painting about it. Art is not something we are valuing as much as we should. I mean besides the great creations we can do, and I mean besides the talents amazing artists can have. I mean the experience, the process, the ideas, the creativity, the abandoning of oneself while dancing, the vision of the color we imagine in our minds before painting, what texture we feel before creating the sculpture, the contemplating or just the feeling of flowing when writing, the unmasked masks of acting, the universal language of music, and how many mixed wonders are explored in the magic of film, etc. There’s an incredible insight in the mind when it comes to creating Art, consciously and subconsciously; just reading about Jung and Campbell reflect how much we don’t know about ourselves, how much we can discover about our divine potentials and our impressive creations, how it can stretch our perceptions beyond the things we think, how it can expand our minds with the miraculous magic of pure imagination, how it can balance the pride of what we create in our lives, but it can also keep us humble enough to know that there will always be something greater than us, and lastly, how it can really connect us. There’s a very deep mirror of spiritual development in Art, individual and collective, but it is very hard to explain all this through words, so let me just say this: it guides us to find the Truth. So ask yourself from the source of your intention: what is your creation?
“’Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”- John Keats.
Facundo, thank you for spending six minutes with us. This has been a very interesting interview.
05-02-15 - Denise Fleischer - Blog Tour Spot Interview with Facundo Raganato:
DF: What is your true goal of this book?
My principal goal was already accomplished. It was the 10 year journey of composing this story with all the marvelous elements it alchemically reflects back to readers. Many readers mentioned to me that they see this story as a movie, and I agree, the story is often very visual; it would be a very original and revolutionizing film. However, many projects are inspired from the creation of this story: during the writing odyssey, I used most of free time to read, learn and dig deep into philosophy, spirituality, etc. I think and feel I have lot to do to express, communicate and share about the Mind, in general, about how we can begin to define spirituality officially in a way we can study and develop for the evolution of humanity, and give my best support to the value of Art above its stereotyped known parameters.
08-10-15 - Book Room Reviews - Author Interview
20. Any last thoughts for our readers?
You have the entire universe inside of you. You have been blessed by this divine experience we call Life, and since it may not last forever, use the precious time to make the choices you desire, take the paths you believe to be right, and, most importantly, cherish deeply the moments you share with others. Do not let anything keep you from losing the opportunities that Life presents to you, not even yourself; you are far more powerful that you allow yourself to be, all you need to do is believe in yourself. Know yourself.
“Let your verse be the happy occurrence,
Somehow within the restless morning wind,
Which goes about smelling of mint and thyme…
And all the rest is literature.”
– The Art of Poetry,
By Paul Verlaine
Translation by Eli Siegel
09-17-15 - The Thursday Interview
No.9 Why should people read your book?
People should read this book for the following reasons: to find oneself, to experiment that search for Truth if you are looking for it, to embark on a spiritual journey unlike any other, to enjoy a philosophical adventure, to expand and completely revolutionize the way we look at literature and the meaning of words, to break boundaries and think outside the vessel, to be inspired to follow the Arts in any shape or form, to be human, to be God, to be free.
On the other hand, The Author would like to say that the only reason you should read this book is because of the Characters; you might think they are not real, but The Author would not concur.
09-22-15 - Doodles, doodles everywhere congratulates author Facundo Raganato on the success of his latest novel, The Author! Let's welcome him on the blog for an exclusive interview with DDE today. Read on.
2. Can you give our readers an idea about what they should expect in book?
No, I can’t, I’m sorry; The Author does not let me. They should not expect anything because expectation leads to disillusionment or satisfaction, and this story is unique for every Reader; it is a story unlike any other; therefore, I retain from giving an idea. However, I can say what it is: it is a spiritual journey, a philosophical adventure, a literary odyssey, a mirror.
10-13-15 - The Indie Book Butler
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I am an artist not because I want to be, but because I have creativity flowing through me like an open faucet that pours the magical colours of the universe, all sparkly stars and all; with the silver mystical Moon and the strong radiant yellow Sun. Let me paint you the dark sky with the lights that shine in our eyes with the name of Beauty and Truth. “The Author ~or~ The Characters’ Short Living Story” is my Magnum Opus, it is a story which presents a philosophical adventure, a spiritual journey for the Reader. It is truly a story unlike any other because it contains an alchemical mirror between the letters which provides a reflection to the Reader in many aspects.
10-29-15 - The Thursday Interview
No.3 In today’s world, why does your book matter?
Following the theme of the previous question, my book: The Author ~ or ~ The Characters’ Short Living Story has a lot of value now more than ever, because it provides questions to the Reader, it opens up the Reader’s mind to see through the reality, through the show we believe to be staging in; in All aspects: religion, politics, philosophy, literature, art. It is also a spiritual journey, it includes an alchemical process which relates to the Reader in different ways depending on what and how they see, and it provokes development to the Reader. My goal is not the fame and fortune normal authors wish to conquer, nor is it to reach a point where I am paid to write; as if words were a product, ugh. My goal is for the Reader to question, to think, to feel, to reflect, to develop the self; I provoke that, but in the end, it is the Reader’s choice to do that; that is why my book matters today.
11-02-15 - Jessica Lorenne Interview
18 How did you decide on your cover?
The cover is something very special. I wanted to do something pure, artistic, humble, yet meaningful and profound. I think it may present something controversial; most book covers present a polished and carefully developed epic image, a design which attracts the reader for the marketing angle. I painted my book cover, I prefer the artistic angle. Yes, in this system, it is a product which sells, but most importantly, it is literature, it is Art, it is human expression, and I consider that more important.
11-14-15 - Carol Davalo
PBR: Clearly your heart, soul, and spirit were invested in the decade-long preparation of this book. As a true seeker, what creative and philosophical endeavors are on the horizon for Facundo Raganato?
Indeed. I could say that the light inside that oil lamp could metaphorically symbolize my soul, heart and spirit in the story; that is how much this book means to me. Honestly, the journey of this book has always kept me intrigued and curious about philosophy, which has let me to not build a system of thought and feeling with myself, instead, incorporate what I have learned into a way of being more adaptable to all that life has to offer me; to be water, yet be true to my center. It has been 4 years now that I have not been impressed by new ways of thinking regarding philosophy, but that does not mean the questions do not come, and yes, I am still learning; for that very reason part of me is in a phase of deconstruction, to be less accustomed to think and more to feel. There could be no point to ask ourselves why we are here when you can love and be loved, wouldn’t you think? In the creative spectrum, there are worlds waiting for me to get busy, which many of them have bridges to philosophy and spirituality as well. I am taking my time because there are many roads in my horizon, and I want to be in tune with the choices I make.
Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?
Oh . . . the characters are not inspired by “real” people that I know; they could have been inspired by other characters, but not entirely, just aspects. The Author would be mad if you call the characters fictitious . . . and I think the characters would like to talk to you to prove that they are not “fictitious”. . .
If you could live in a book's world, which would you choose?
What a marvelous question! I think The Giver. It is one of my favorite books; it always led me to think what kind of world it would become after the end of the book. I’d adore to be there and help build the world forgotten.
4 – Why is it important/recommended for readers to read “The Author” thrice?
The Apprentice shows the apple of knowledge & wisdom to the Master. The story can be read through the Apprentice’s eyes, through the eyes of the Master, or through the eyes of “the apple,” for instance. Yet, this is a format of layers of knowledge & wisdom, or as I like to say, it is an alchemical process. If I say “9,” this number would have no meaning because it does not make a rational sense in regards to the theme, or at least it creates a meaning in the Reader’s mind in relation to their subjective experience with that number. If I say “9,” these letters make that number a question.
But if I say “6 + 3,” then the number “9” would have a meaning as the rational mind connects the dots in a “question/answer” relation, for instance. However, this story’s composition has thin yet strong lines that constructs the world of the story, and they are open enough for the broad minds to enter and mirror themselves in it, letting light in, letting meanings in. As soon as one finishes to read the story, the experience of the journey creates a unique experience for every Reader of seeing the beginning in new eyes, or perhaps, deeper eyes, or perhaps, contradictory or even irrational from its “rationality;” or vice versa.
If I had said “6 + 3” first, and then saying “9,” would you take it as the question or as the answer?
7 –What needs to be changed?
It is the first time in “recorded” history where the world is globally connected, and communication is “somewhat” efficient between societies. First of all, World Leaders should individually recognize inside of them that the priority of progress is not money. Of course, one can clearly state how money is what keeps the system working, but it is not the priority for human progress, especially not for human evolution. If you think it so, you are still thinking in this modern phase the world is living. I believe it is acceptable to give the people what they want, but I think it is also necessary to give them what they need. What people want and need depend on the country, the culture, many factors really, yet their philosophy at its root basically; however, there are human virtues which connects all of us, regardless our race, sex, religion, politics, etc. These human virtues are what makes us who we are, and what makes us grow to make better choices; defining what we want and what we need. Better choices, better results. These human virtues are what should be taught and practiced, we hear them everyday, but we don’t give them the value as we should as human beings: Tolerance, Respect, Honor, Humility, Empathy, Sympathy, Generosity, Confidence, Trust, Courage, Passion, Creativity, Selflessness, Awareness, Reflection, Faith, Hope, Strength, Temperance, Patience, Comprehension, Perseverance, Control, Intelligence, Prudence, Compassion, Purity, Discipline, Conscience, and most importantly: Selflessness. As we study and practice these human values and virtues, we become better for anyone; we become better human beings on a spiritual level, we contemplate and meditate on what we want and what we need; consequentially, our world would change.
What needs to be changed? We need to Change.