Recently, I had the chance to talk with some friends about the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations. Specifically, we focused on the society portrayed by these goals. The scope they cover is really huge. Despite the meaning of the acronym, the goals do not deal with environmental protection only. In … Continue reading The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Socialism 2.0
As is known, Albert Einstein left Germany and emigrated to the USA in 1933. I read somewhere that, right after arriving in America, he had to fill in a questionnaire like any other immigrant. One of the questions read “What is your race?” It is said that he answered “human.” Even though he was not … Continue reading There are no races, but our brains are still “racist”!
Preamble I took the opportunity of this post to play around with AI-driven automatic translation tools. Therefore, two different English versions of this blog are available. In summary, I followed this process: First, I wrote the post in EnglishThen I rewrote it in ItalianI automatically translated the Italian text into EnglishBefore publication, I reviewed both … Continue reading Workless Society
Never waste a good crisis.Winston Churchill Six months after the first official covid 19 case in Italy, this is how Venice looked like: Venice, October 2020, a few weeks before the Covid-19 second wave explosion It is weird and unsettling to see the famous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) almost deserted, a place that … Continue reading Covid-19 Lessons
How distant it seems the time when the Italian Renaissance maestros set the standards by which any artist would have been measured since then. When the French revolutionaries established the principles on which modern republics and liberal democracies are rooted. When the British built enduring physical and cultural infrastructures all over the lands of their … Continue reading Living the Cozy, Comfortable Decline of Europe
CreepRadioheadWhen you were here before...But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo,What the hell am I doing here?I don't belong here.I don't belong here.Source: LyricFindSongwriters: Mike Hazlewood / Albert Hammond / Colin Greenwood / Jonathan Greenwood / Edward O'Brien / Philip Selway / Thomas YorkeCreep lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management Creep is … Continue reading I Don’t Belong Here
The title of this post is the same of the workshop that I attended recently. It was organized by the same foundation that arranges the pordenonelegge.it literary festival, which I talked about here. This annual workshop is conceived by Laura Pagliara, a professional translator who collaborates with the foundation. It mainly targets aspiring translators and … Continue reading Translating Stephen King and the American Imagination
Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade Portuguese is a language known for its intrinsic musicality (Important update: my friend Matteo pointed out to me that this it true for Brazilian variant only). When you listen to a person speaking … Continue reading Saudade and Identity
At first sight, this question sounds rhetorical to the majority of people living in the western world. We should not take for granted the answer, however. Some weeks ago I wrote a post on victory. Right after writing it, coincidentally I had the chance to discuss on another blog a different topic related to victory … Continue reading You Play to Win, Don’t You?
Equilibrium: a state or feeling of mental balance; composure When I first thought about this post, I wanted to entitle it "Pursuing the truth." However, I then realized that this would have represented an improper use of the word "truth." The truth and all the issues related to it are probably one of the most … Continue reading Pursuing Equilibrium