I recently finished an irritating book called L’Innocente (The Victim/The Intruder in English) by Gabriele D’Annunzio. I wouldn’t recommend it to you, so I don’t feel bad telling you what happens, with no spoiler alert: A man (Tullio) is repeatedly unfaithful to his wife (Giuliana). Since she’s so lovely and forgiving of that fact, they almost reconcile, until he discovers she too was unfaithful and … Continue reading Thoughts on D’Annunzio (hint: he’s really annoying)
The other week I was reading a very interesting book called Diario minimo by Umberto Eco. I was on a plane, so I was half-asleep, and the book was in Italian, and a rather erudite Italian at that. For those reasons I found myself tuning out of Eco’s prose, until the following sentences (duly translated) jumped out at me: “Things that once everyone would have … Continue reading Pornos & pathos
Being a healthy and lucky person, the greatest physical suffering I’m forced to deal with is a monthly stomach cramp. I’ve had no serious illnesses or injuries, and the stomach cramp, while horrid, is simply the unfortunate byproduct of having healthy and functional internal organs, so I shouldn’t really complain (although I do). At any rate, this temporary incapacitation is easily remedied by washing four … Continue reading A brave new world without suffering
You’re halfway through a cracking blog post, you absolutely logically destroyed your imagined opponents with the end to that last paragraph; it’s probably time to hit the save button. But just as you provisionally entitle your masterpiece ‘really good blog.doc’, the cursor freezes; an interminable 20 seconds of clicking and cursing later, an error message pops up: bottom line is you’ve lost your work. That … Continue reading Computer says no
Or, how to be really really dysfunctional in 18 easy steps: It’s Friday night. Your plane lands at Gatwick after a five-hour delay and you arrive home at 10.20pm. Go out anyway. Get in at 3.30am having got up at 4.30am for a flight that morning and therefore having been up for 23 hours Get up unnaturally early the following day to have brunch with … Continue reading How to make great life choices
‘I want so much more than they’ve got planned’ – quoth Belle as she almost skipped off into the book-filled sunset before, erm, being imprisoned for like no reason at all and then marrying her gaoler. This won’t be news to many people, but having recently re-watched Beauty and the Beast, the colossal sexism of the thing has only just struck me. Commonly discussed issues … Continue reading Beauty and the beastly patriarchy
I say not contempt but blindness. Sometimes I make fun of things a little too close for comfort: being a teenager, the young professional lifestyle, following trends, etc. This is as much an attack on the tendencies I don’t like in myself as on the mindset of other people. And it is a certain mindset I don’t like, not the act itself of using a … Continue reading What does familiarity breed?
Dreamy 1BD in Marina Del Rey/Venice Marina del Rey, CA, United States This charming apartment building is an architectural wonder sitting exactly one block from the beach on Pacific. It looks like a boat, feels like a boat but it’s just modern luxury in Marina Del Re… It’s no secret to my friends that I ❤ Airbnb. Every time anyone goes on holiday, my first … Continue reading Ode to Airbnb