You can’t stand against the wind
25/03/2015 - 13:45
“None of it was important now. The wind blew it out of his head. Still he could always go into town Saturday night. It was a good thing to have in reserve.”. (The Three day blow, Forty-nine short stories, Ernest Hemingway, 1938) “You can’t stand against the wind,” they say in the East. As when you like a song that brings destiny with it, beyond good and evil, the laws of human society, or rational logic. A...
Merry Christmas from all of us
06/12/2014 - 17:00
The temptation is strong but this time there is no vitalistic invitation. No appeal to ancient paganism and the lost virtue of the golden age. No encrypted code. No symbolism, no obscure and hard to interpret wisdom. Knowledge is not for everyone, but love is – though no doubt of different orders, intensities and degrees. Valley Life hopes that you can recover the sense of justice and the goodness that dwells within, and...
It was not a heavenly love
18/11/2014 - 14:30
In the novel The School of Flesh generated by the pen of the traditionalist writer Yukio Mishima in 1963, the protagonists Taeko and Senkichi are victims of a fatal, irresistible attraction. They seek each other in a desperately strong desire for union but at the same time they are repelled by an evil spell of hostile and atavistic foreboding. The perfect stereotype of the independent divorced woman of post-war upper-...
Back to the land
14/10/2014 - 14:15
Ignorance is like dust. Irritating to the mucous membranes, upsetting, it makes you cough. Yet with just a gust of wind it vanishes in all its insubstantiality. I thought this when, racing along a dirt track between fields and ditches at the foot of Citerna, I encountered a state of the art SUV shooting out of a tobacco field at breakneck speed. It almost ran me down and left me, like Wile E. Coyote, in a cloud of dust...