Take to the woods
13/10/2015 - 21:15
I realise that it’s autumn almost by accident. Twisted and reluctantly, as if a syllogism or a matter of logic. I notice this because yesterday, meeting up, we ate mushrooms and chestnuts. I become sure because this morning I saw the Tiber smoke fog and the wandering church steeples taming a ghost town, squatting under a low and heavy sky. Even stupefied by the storm, I repent and curse against the usual narcotic mixture:...
Out of Africa
20/09/2015 - 19:00
Black Africa is the belly of the world. The first time you set foot there its salty air takes you by the throat, so dense and thick with earth that you think you’ll choke. A disarming chaos of streams of men, crowded, stacked or scattered, a vivid and menacing Dantesque, polymorphic racket rising from the carmine surface of a dusty, bumpy road. One feels a strong sense of oppression and repulsion for this other world, so...
Tobacco fields forever
05/08/2015 - 15:15
Non siamo tra le strade polverose di Cina, India, Brasile o magari in Indonesia… Stiamo percorrendo la E45, la principale arteria stradale del territorio altotiberino che - malgrado il suo fondo accidentato che ricorda la Striscia di Gaza – ci permette con la sua posizione leggermente elevata una vista privilegiata, dalla corona appenninica ai rilievi ad occidente. Una terra appunto contenuta dai monti tanto che Plinio il...
The ethical tomato
23/07/2015 - 16:45
Biting into a big, meaty tomato, reddish like a blazing sun and smelling like a freshly watered garden, I remembered at once a scene from my childhood that I had forgotten – among the best of memories buried or lost. I saw my grandfather all of a sudden, once the village bailiff, sitting on an upside down wicker chair in the cool of the vault – the large ground-floor storage area as the boys called it, just below the house...