In Roma’s historic center, at Vicolo del Divino Amore, pretty close to Piazza Navona, we can see what once was Caravaggio’s painting studio. In 1600 the name of the alleyway was different, but the palace is almost the same. The story of his painting studio was carefully described in the official archival of that age Police; Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was wanted for murder, that’s why he had to quickly escape from Roma, leaving all his stuff inside his studio painting. …
“The periphery is a human condition. Places, where there’s no Poetry, are most peripheral” The Poet of Nothing (Maurizio Mequio)
When somebody says “Roma, Italy,” most people think about Saint Peter’s, the Colosseum, the Baths of Caracalla, Museums, Churches, Parks, Fountains, Statues, Paintings, Cappella Sistina, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi (and that’s just the beginning). As everybody knows Roma, in its historic center is full of ancient and very old art, but it’s not just a triumph of old art and culture. In my Roman Diary, I’ll try to introduce you to the unknown Roman places no tour guide will ever…
How the Catholic Church, wasted by old and new scandals, quickly decided the beatification of a boy who died at 15 years and, at the same time, is trying to create the Internet Holy Patron.
What’s the Catholic Church known for, at this time? After many years and many million euros spent trying to control the horrible and extended issue of pedophilia among Prelates and high-Prelates, here’s what today the Catholic Church does: wager in troubled companies death and having fun with “investments in credit default swap, in disreputable oil companies, passages in Swiss and Malaysian banks under investigation for…
David Foster Wallace died as suicide twelve years ago, 9/12/2008, aged 46. He was an American writer who became famous like a Rockstar, and in the end he killed himself just like a Rockstar. I’m going to talk about his life, his writing, his death and how much I keep missing him.
In our life, there are two things hiding secrets: the secret of success and the secret of suicide. No matter how hard we try, but we’ll never be able to know success and suicide formulas. …
Short journey inside Facebook experience, where “communication” is autistic and “friends” use “likes and hearts” and speak just to fight about nonsense and foolishness. An upside-down world, like “Alice through the looking glass” world.
“Autistic communication” is an oxymoron. Everybody knows that autism is a disease that makes you lose touch with reality and makes you build the inner world that keeps you from having any contact with other people like everyone’s outside of an insurmountable barrier.
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, Autism is a mental disorder that starts in young children and causes behavior that is unusually centered…
There are places in the world that even Google cannot reach. I’m not talking about Central Africa or remote islands in the Pacific: I’m talking about Basilicata area, Italy, Europe.
When I took a gravel road that leads to “La Tana dei Ghiri” (it means “Den of the Dormice”) and I saw that old farmhouse from above, so big and small at the same time, nestled in the unpopulated Lucanian hills, like a pink vision in the middle of all that green, it reminded me Alaska. I don’t know why, but it made me think of one of those beautiful…
(All photos published by courtesy of Laura Salvinelli)
I had a weird idea: matching horrible and public people with some of the best Metallica songs. Why Metallica? Because everyone loves and knows Metallica all over the world, young and adult people in the same way. Metallica were like a powerful beacon in the ocean of music, since eighties until now. Metallica are legend, and that’s a fact.
So, let’s start:
1- SEEK AND DESTROY*
Searching, Seek and destroy
There is no escape and that is for sure
This is the end we won’t take any more
Say goodbye to the world you live in
You have always been…
Covid-19: Will we Choose to be Predator or Savior?
If history has taught us anything — a big if — it’s that from time to time, over the years, we humans come at a crossroads and, in that case, we must choose. It is not always possible to stand by and watch: sometimes we have to make a decision. Robert Frost says, in his famous poem “The road not taken”:
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by — And that has made all the difference.”