BOOKS. TO LEAF, TO CLICK, TO LISTEN TO OR TO MODEL?

BOOKS. TO LEAF, TO CLICK, TO LISTEN TO OR TO MODEL?

When I happened to ask “do you prefer the traditional book or the e-book?” so far I have always received the same answer.

But after all, time passes, habits change, and conditions evolve, so I would like to expand the survey by adding audiobooks as well.

I have already told about my initiation into books and also as regards the e-books the origin is linked to love: I received the e-reader as a Christmas gift from my brother and it contained a very special creation of his that accompanied me every single day of that year.

Subsequently the first book read on Kindle was an exclusive of Gabriella, therefore the type of reading in both cases meant that I overlooked the inevitable sensations encountered in handling something completely different from the pages we are used to leafing through.

If, on the other hand, I associate the idea of listening, my instinctive thought turns to fairy tales, even if now it is possible to listen to any kind of book.

Before podcasts spread, I was particularly taken by the narration broadcast on Radio 24: Crossed Destinies, which curiously became a book only at a later time.

Gradually, the podcasts have given us the opportunity to listen at the moments and times we prefer and therefore now books keep me company even while I do the houseworks or cook, alternating with music which is obviously essential.

I recently got to know the Black Ink stories with their decadent Black Mississippi atmospheres.
What do you listen to?

In addition to imagination, Samantha Bonanno, with her works that I find enchanting, shows us how books can also come to life in another way.

What if I told you blook instead?

ACHETER CHEZ LES PETITS COMMERÇANTS C’EST FAIRE UN GRAND GESTE

ACHETER CHEZ LES PETITS COMMERÇANTS C’EST FAIRE UN GRAND GESTE

On the long diatribe between us and the “cousins from beyond the Alps” it must be acknowledged that they know how to be more revolutionary, starting from the feeling of nationalism that they nurture in a strong and clear way.

The French have indeed obtained a result in favor of the campaign to help small traders in this difficult period.

Many personalities took sides by signing up and promoting the cause, starting with the first citizen of Paris Anne Hidalgo.

The main hashtag is #NoelSansAmazon after which Amazon France has decided to postpone Black Friday.

The now famous appointment that provides discounts and bargains corresponds to the Friday after Thanksgiving and celebrates the beginning of Christmas shopping, but in France it has been moved to the beginning of December, more precisely on the 4th, that is four days later than when it is the reopening of shops and commercial establishments, currently forcibly closed due to lockdown, is expected.

A certainly correct initiative, to restore a minimum of competition against giants whose position is already fiscally favored at a European level in general.

Inevitably, the thought goes to some of the little shops that it was impossible not to fall in love with for those who were lucky enough to be able to visit Paris.

Do you have any particular memories?
Do you have a purchase of the heart linked to the Ville Lumière?Otherwise I hope you can live this experience very soon because like Venice, even Paris has an inimitable atmosphere.

Allons enfant de la patrie then!

LOCAL BROADCASTER EMERGENCY FUND

LOCAL BROADCASTER EMERGENCY FUND

If I say “emergency fund” what do you think?
I associate it with the thought of special help, with a kind of protection that makes it possible to cope with a delicate and difficult financial situation.

In this period various words are taking on new meanings linked to the current context: bonuses, refreshments …
Treccani defines a fund as a set of monetary means held in a given period for a specific purpose.

“Local broadcasters emergency fund” here I had imagined something a little different than what was communicated by Mise, which actually writes the wording exactly in quotation marks under the title:
Fund for local broadcasters – Extraordinary contribution for the transmission of institutional communication messages (health emergency).

The decree of 12 October in the Official Gazette fully explains that:
The beneficiary local radio and television broadcasters undertake to transmit within their information spaces the institutional communication messages relating to the health emergency that will be made available through the platform made available by the Ministry of Economic Development.

It is also worth reading the attachment: a tariff with variable amounts according to the number of passages to be transmitted at fixed times.

I’m perplexed, how far are we from the comparison with buying advertising space?
Yes, I know, it is bad to make these speeches when there are moral issues involved, but I really would like to understand.

What’s your opinion?
Have you ever listened to any of these broadcasts? Are they announced as institutional communications?
Is RAI really not enough?

Why this “conditional help” when for months every news broadcasts news and interviews with government members, not to mention the amount of dedicated programs and talk shows?

Maybe I’m wrong, you always correct me.

ENOLA HOLMES

ENOLA HOLMES

I must admit that I was very intrigued by this idea: the sister of the mythical investigator Sherlock Holmes which of course I love.

I have already talked about Agatha Christie and how she made me fall in love with detective stories through her books, after which I obviously passed on to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as well.

The character of Enola, however, was created by Nancy Springer after the rights expired, and on her books the production of Netflix was based which I would say is aimed in particular at the younger audience.

The main character is in fact played by Millie Bobby Brown, born in 2004: perhaps the most famous teenager ever after the success of her role in the Stranger Things series.

Unfortunately, I did not know her, and when in the credits I saw that she is also the executive producer, I realized that it was appropriate to deepen.

Some even call it the new Meryl Streep … who highlights her resemblance to Winona Ryder, who considers her as the most influential character of her generation after she became the youngest UNICEF ambassador in 2018. 

But let’s get back to the movie

 

Also this time, as for Murder on the Nile I focus on choice of background song, albeit with less enthusiasm: unfortunately I have a problem with Courtney Love, although The Hole’s Celebrity skin track has been a huge success. What do you think about it?

I suppose this choice falls within the context of the message of female empowerment that characterizes the whole film.

Theoretically an important and necessary move, which however loses the potential of communicative innovation, ending up limiting itself to clichés that are not exactly avant-garde. Too bad indeed.

As you saw in the trailer, Enola also addresses the camera directly, breaking through the famous fourth wall. I find that Millie Bobby Brown can be very empathetic, nevertheless it feels like a sort of interruption of the pathos to me, but it’s probably me who am ancient laughing

On the other hand, I really liked puns like the one that reveals the anagram of the name

and I found the added value of Helena Bonham Carter but also of Henry Cavill important.

In this regard, I would take the opportunity to launch another poll: after your favorite Poirot, who is the best Sherlock Holmes in your opinion?

Henry Cavill, Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr?

In this case I’m too biased … foot-in-mouth

ON-BOARD DIARY FROM THE RED ZONE LOCKDOWN DAY 1

ON-BOARD DIARY FROM THE RED ZONE LOCKDOWN DAY 1

The sensation that is perceived is perhaps comparable to when you are in the last cone of light before entering the tunnel.

The lighting inside is annoying because there are no lights but intermittent glare.

The main feature is in fact these regular intervals, with almost telegraphic interruptions, at the end of which the monotone litany of any type of communication or information on the TV resumes.

I don’t know about you, but I have begun to hate some words that are adopted as mantras.

And instead of rainbows now only dividing colors remain: the colors of zones.

Personally I feel the need for my refuge: music and therefore I would say that the perfect song for today is The Resistance by Muse.

Starting from the cover, which to stay on the subject of colors, represents them in a psychedelic vision.
It is no coincidence that it was judged the best of the year 2009.

To continue with the multiple meanings contained in words, texts, metaphors, such as the fact that The Resistance represents a reference to 1984 by George Orwell, which Matthew Bellamy was inspired by.

 

The passage that directly quotes Eurasia is another, but in reality The Resistance itself evokes a lot of Winston and Julia forced into hiding so as not to be discovered by the Party.

Returning to United States of Eurasia instead, for many it represents plagiarism rather than a quote from Bohemian Rapsody, what do you think?

Also according to the detractors, who do not even like the ghost track Collateral Damage with the sonata Notturno n. 9 by Chopin, the influences that are heard are many and referable to a sort of musical pot pourri.

Did you notice them on first listen?
What impressions does this Muse work leave you?
Do you find the atmosphere of 1984?

Although it is a classic, I, as usual, have read it very late, that is “ahead in the years” and therefore it may be that my way of perceiving it has been influenced.

1984, as is known, is obtained by inverting the digits of the year in which it was written: 1948.

A curious coincidence: 1984 was an important year in my life, a year of change, a year of which I remember much more than other particular memories and I keep memories.

On the other hand, I am not as inclined to identify the current context with as much affection.
The downward curve towards the points where Orwell’s dystopian vision aligns with reality is accentuated more and more evidently.

A bit like the famous ball on the inclined plane, although I would like to continue to hope for a decline, albeit sadly obvious, at least not as accelerated and irreversible because, to return to The Resistance:
If we live our life in fear” …

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