A friend of mine is sitting on the sofa with a funny paper hat on her head while another one, wearing a giant clown-style bow tie, is busy chatting holding a whisky & coke in his hand. We spent a whole Saturday afternoon making paper decorations and fancy hats while it would have been much cheaper and quicker to buy them. The point is, however, that it wouldn’t have been quite the same. I feel we are missing authenticity in our pre-cooked and pre-assembled world. Making things ourselves, baking a cake – who doesn’t love the smell of a cake baking in the oven- or growing your vegetables in a pea-sized allotment in the hearth of London, all this kind of things give us more satisfaction than splashing our hard-earned money in mass produced products. Continue reading “The Tree of Wooden Clogs and authentic polenta recipe”
Theorem (Teorema in Italian) is a poignant and subtle political film by Pierpaolo Pasolini, one of the most influential and controversial Italian artists of the 20th century.
… Back in my university days, I remember when, one day, flicking through the titles of Italian contemporary literature, I stumbled upon Pierpaolo Pasolini. I knew of him, but I hadn’t read any of his books. Continue reading “Theorem: an Italian masterpiece by Pasolini”