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L’Associazione Lumi ha organizzato un incontro-dibattito sul tema “Come Ricostruire la Comunità dopo il Terremoto?” affrontando il concetto di ricostruzione non solo edilizia, ma della comunità, della sua cultura e della sua economia.
Lumi è un’associazione no-profit [...]

After the earthquake

Rebuilding after the earthquake

Israel-Palestine: with us or against us? Neither, thank you (2014)

The world isn’t black and white. Those who demand of you to be “with us or against us” start on the wrong foot.
In the current escalation (July 2014) of the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict I often get accused by one side or the other to be taking the opposite side. That is one of the keys: [...]

So you are alive, but do you also exist? (2014)

I haste to declare that I jot down these notes in drunken stupor, so I beg the reader’s forgiveness for any odd sounding or potentially offensive verb. However, do believe the content of my words, it is genuine and verifiable. Besides, don’t blame me, but a country where a bottle of reasonably good, unsophisticated, additive-free [...]

Attenti al lupo! (2014)

Ieri un’amica mi ha detto “ma lo sai che un mio amico mi ha detto che ha letto che in Inghilterra ormai i musulmani sono più del 50 %?!!”
Al che ho cortesemente detto alla mia amica che il suo amico probabilmente aveva letto male e non si era curato di pensare prima e controllare poi. [...]

La valigia dimenticata (2014)

Ho trovato a casa di mio fratello una valigia piena di lettere. Lettere indirizzate a me e datate dal 1971 al 1981, provenienti da una quarantina di persone differenti.
A parte poche di queste persone che conosco bene e con le quali sono ancora in contatto, più o meno frequente, molte sono completamente scomparse dalla mia [...]

Baby New York (1963-2013)

It’s in the Upper Bay, on the western shore of the Hudson, two straight parallel piers sticking out of Bayonne, just north of the tip of Staten Island.
It’s nothing particularly charming, actually, it’s a drab flat concrete expanse littered with low warehouses, junk and rows after rows of shipping containers, the least glamorous face of [...]

Baby Love 1967 (2013)

It must have been 1967, I was about eight, one of my best friends at school was Agostino, probably the only kid in the class that wasn’t from a working class family, I can’t remember what his father did, architect or some other “important” profession.
One day after school Agostino invited me to play at his [...]

Baby Love 1961 (2013)

It must have been 1961, I was five and my mum used to take me with her to the market. I remember the few blocks we had to walk as if it was today, I could walk them with my eyes closed. If the streets were like they used to be, that is. We had [...]

Compulsory happiness (2008)

I go into a shop, an obnoxious demented happy-holiday-merry-christmas tune is playing on an infinite loop and truly gets on my nerves. How can they bear it?
As I am about to run from the shop I notice a happy shopper tapping his foot to the tune, and another one nodding her head on tempo, and [...]

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