The official page opens with a quote from Edgar Allan Poe and therefore I would say that there is only the classic “nothing to tell about,” but it closes with something less universally known: Donald Barthelme “The aim of literature … is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.”
Donald Barthelme was also called “modern Dadaist” and in fact, here I am trying to focus on that strange hairy object of which he speaks, but hoping to have saved the heart.
But let’s go back to TOHorror, I don’t know if you follow this event but I would say that the occasion is tempting also in view of the period: All Saints or Halloween or Samhain or Nos Galan Gaeafwhatever you want, and I would say that the ideas are certainly interesting.
The TOHorror website tells us that the first edition of the film festival, dated 1999, had none other than Dario Argento as godfather, but does not mention an event in my opinion epochal that instead I recommend you to see absolutely:
the director Tiziano Sossi explains that the original version is 76 minutes long, and therefore, researching I found this very precious translation of Fucinemute which represents an unmissable document!
Especially after the part of the interview we listened to, I would quote this passage from the interview, which particularly struck me:
“I moved when I was 5 years old to Kentucky, in a boring and very small town in south of United Stated and everything that I learned about evil, everything that I know about I have learned in that little town, from people there“.
This in my opinion is true horror! Am I wrong?
Ok, let’s change range:
“My parents gave me enormous gifts, my fahter gave me a movie camera but he gave me music, he was a music professor and he gave me the joy of music, I growth around it, listen to it was the soundtrack of my life.”
Wow. What to say? Don’t you get at least two / three thousand questions?
And you? Would you like to tell what the soundtrack of your life is like?
Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein
Mathematics = one of the most difficult subjects for many people, while for someone it is a “cup of tea.” Which category do you belong to?
These books, for which I sincerely thank Franca, Vincenzo and Francesco, although very different from each other, fit the concept expressed by Einstein.
1. UNCLE PETROS AND THE GOLBACH CONGECTURE
Now Stellan Skarsgard talking about Hardy and Ramanujan to Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting makes sense to me too.
A book on mathematics but also the book on the life of a man who has to deal with his obsession.
2. HAPPY MATHEMATICS
My dear kids, I have written this book for you … so the author addresses the readers, the students, his children.
I was struck by these words, which apparently have nothing striking, which could be attributable to many professors in fact, but which I read differently considering that Angelo Luigi Fiorita lost his children during a bombing on Alessandria on April 5, 1945.
3. MATHEMATICS AMAZING AND POETRY
Here we pass from the colloquial tone and expressly dedicated to children, to a vision of mathematics as humanism, it is no coincidence that Bruno D’Amore also graduated in philosophy.
Do you know the concept of Technoracy? “Technoracy is conscious familiarity with technology, the operational aspects of which are, in most cases, inaccessible to the common person. But the basic ideas behind technological tools, their potential and the dangers they entail, the moral principles underlying the use of technology are essential issues to be spread among children from an early age. History shows us that ethics and moral values are closely linked to technological progress. The three preceding aspects together constitute what is essential for being a citizen in a world that is rapidly moving towards a planetary civilization. “
4. ROCK MATHEMATICS
My favorite, ça va sans dire … I discovered some great information! Of course, mathematics in this light is completely different! Above all, I would mention Kate Bush
the lyrics of this song really include the Pi π up to the 78th decimal and then from the 101st to the 137th albeit with a slight difference. You can listen to her own voice explaining the reason during an interview with the BBC.
I really like the challenge of singing numbers, as opposed to words because numbers are so unemotional as a lyric to sing and it was really fascinating singing that. Trying to sort of, put an emotional element into singing about…a seven…you know and you really care about that nine. I find numbers fascinating, the idea that nearly everything can be broken down into numbers, it is a fascinating thing; and i think also that we are completely surrounded by numbers now, in a way that we weren’t you know even 20, 30 years ago we’re all walking around with mobile phones and numbers on our foreheads almost; and it’s like you know computers… I suppose, um, I find it fascinating that there are people who actually spend their lives trying to formulate pi; so the idea of this number, that, in a way is possibly something that will go on to infinity and yet people are trying to pin it down and put their mark on and make it theirs in a way I guess also i think you know you get a bit a lot of connection with mathematism and music because of patterns and shapes…
But obviously the book talks about much, much more starting from a large study on the Beatles to get to Queen, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Genesis, Coldplay… well… #stylerock
Paolo Alessandrini has a blog and a youtube channel, listen to this reading of an excerpt to understand how from mathematics we go to rock to get to concepts such as self-referentiality, art, Escher
A fascinating and interesting all-round journey that can only focus on poetry or cinema as well.
There is therefore also mention of A Dream within a Dream by Edgar Allan Poe
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream
these verses, together with a passage from Marginalia were read by Orson Welles for Alan Parson’s Project: Tales of mystery and imagination, which, as often happens with the true genius, was only able to materialize later, but that’s another story.
and finally SEVEN SHORT PHYSICS LESSONS
“What place do we, human beings who perceive, decide, laugh and cry, in this great fresco of the world offered by contemporary physics? If the world is teeming with ephemeral quanta of space and elementary particles, what are we? We are also made only of quantum and particles? But then where does that feeling of existing individually and in the first person that each of us feel? So what are our values, our dreams, our emotions, our own knowledge? What are we, in this boundless and glowing world? “
Carlo Rovelli asks a rather difficult question. Do you want to try to answer yourself?
itsIn recent days I have crossed various thoughts, starting from Gabriella‘s post on the Water of San Giovanni but also on the rite of fire to become comari, not in the sense that I had so far given to this word.
Therefore, water and fire. Water and fire that according to Cicero “are not of more universal use than friendship.” Water and fire, two of the four elements of life.
The water and the fire that the druids define Litha that is thelight of the shore because the fire, or rather the sun, which has reached the zenith and has reached its maximum point, plunges into the waters, on the beach, at the meeting point between land and sea.
Of the summer solstice, which Alidada explained masterfully in her Uno spicchio di cielo, I fell in love many years ago reading Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd who, starting from the ice age, sees the birth of Stonehenge which in my imagination goes far beyond the status of “ringing rocks” for example, and is covered in mystery with that aftertaste of legend that I love.
But returning to Litha, I would like to resume a little the concept of Samhain: moment in which the veil between the two worlds is thinner, but moving the contrast between “above and below” just like a celebration of the opposite, which of course I love. It is no coincidence that Litha is also defined as a day out of time.
In this reversal, it is as if the elements of fire and water overturn their roles in a magical union. A suggestive image representing this magic is realized in the floating candles.
Fire, water. Bonfire and dew. Waves and fires.
This is how Shakespeare in his A Midsummer Night’s Dream describes the reply of a fairy: Over hill, over dale, Thorough bush, thorough brier, Over park, over pale, Thorough flood, thorough fire. I do wander everywhere Swifter than the moon’s sphere. And I serve the fairy queen To dew her orbs upon the green.
Fire, water. Sun and moon.
And then I remembered the advice QueenFaee Studio gave me in the comments here where sun and moon draw inspiration from the Visconti Sforza tarot cards, just to point out the curious coincidences, and my connection with the land …
This short film by Garrone for Dior enchants like the magical floating of the stars under the marvelous vault of the Tuscan castle of Sammezzano which, exactly as if inverted upside down, leads them to float in the water of the fountain.
Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted to give a reinterpretation of the tarot cards by transporting them into a fairy-tale but also an artistic dimension, in which the precious embroideries and the refined textures of the fabrics give life to works of art: living paintings, which not only allow themselves to be observed, but drag on a journey in search of answers.
The first dress, among other things, struck me: leaves on lace, a sort of mixture of fashion and nature that not by chance I immediately found magical, and that made me think in particular of the tree in the photo under the title, with its dress of ivy, because Nature dresses wonderfully.
At this point you will tell me “but what does all this have to do with it”
In reality, by crossing traditions, legends and fairytale atmospheres, I would like to interpret this summer as a series of cards that can offer a reading key that allows the re-appropriation of the magic of feeling aligned with the sun, ready to welcome the light.
And you? What do you see or predict in your cards? Water, fire, or what else?
PS: in the comments the Keep Calm version of Le Fou … or an upside-down creature who wants to be a comare, who is not silent like a cicada, who accumulates like an ant and who knows how to be heavy as a stone, but also loooong more “suspended” than Stonehenge
You can find the professional review here on the Matavitatau blog, I would like to have a chat, this time it goes well with tea, indeed tea at Regent’s Park.
And in particular I would like to talk about the soundtrack that I found fitting and that as far as I am concerned has absolutely underlined the whole vision giving an indisputable added value.
The original part was edited by Nicholas Britell. Jamie Fisher in the New York Times reports an interview with Barry Jenkins who describes him in detail . The phrase that struck me is “… there’s a slight Willy Wonka vibe to Britell in his studio” and I would say this is a good thing.
But then there is a whole long “repertoire” of quotes that to define “noteworthy” is absolutely reductive.
The Baroness. Emma Thompson. In fact she is a lot like Miranda Priestly but I preferred Charlotte from The boat that rocked.
On first viewing: when Emma / Charlotte arrives on the ship, the WOW effect for me was far greater.
You will tell me: and what does it have to do with it? Nothing, in truth. But I found common elements such as the music, the period, the swinging London… and it seemed much more “baroness” Charlotte, but you always correct me if I’m wrong.
Indeed, I let myself be corrected directly by her who declared: “oh, it’s some of the greatest track of all time.I mean,I arrive to the sound of The Doors … which I never arrived to any cooler soundtrack.”
Staying on the look theme, I wondered how the choice of Florence + The machine was born given that Florence Welch herself highlighted her affinities: “I was always interested in clothes and fashion seemed like this outlet for creativity, dressing up, for me, has always been a sort of self-actualizing of the inner spirit. I feel like it’s a way of getting to wear the soul of you outside of yourself.”
Florence also reveals that she uses clothes as a kind of “armor” to protect herself as her career expands. Just like Cruella uses fashion.
Another great woman who made fashion, but above all made history: Debbie Harry with One way or another in fact, as I have already written, I repeat that we should take a leaf.
Just as the concept of These boots are made for walking by Nancy Sinatra always holds true, perhaps obviously necessary, in a positive sense of course.
And since we’re on the topic of rankings, I mention the Maneskin version of I wanna be your dog, keeping in mind that the BBC has published their “storming” in the English charts, which is a lot of stuff for how Italian music is generally considered.
I know, I’ve already gone a long way and haven’t even mentioned Stone Cold Crazy, Hush, or Sympathy for the devil. And I still would not have concluded, in fact it would take single dedicated posts because it is stronger than me: I don’t know how to be short
It is true that it was said that this would be tea instead of the usual coffee, but I force myself to leave room for your comments because I am very curious to know your preferences, even if Cruella would say: “I’m just getting started, darling. .. “
It has been a long time since I sent the first book for this small bookcrossing project but between one thing and the other my times expand …
I don’t know if you’ve already read the concept in about me page: I hope that it could be a good idea for you as well, if you can be interested in the book you find in the category, all you have to do is to let me know where to deliver it. I don’t ask anything in return for me, but I would suggest using the concept shown in the movie “Pay it forward”: I would like you to pass a favor on to someone else. Thanks.
As a second proposal I thought of Stephen King. The Outsider. The book is in Italian language.
So one would think: a ruined book, already knowing the story… and instead I liked it a lot.
It goes without saying that in general I like Stephen King’s books, but I’m really glad I read it, if only to discover the real Holly Gibney.
In this regard, I find the coincidence singular because exactly like Abra in Doctor Sleep, the movie version of Holly also left me perplexed: both too different from how the author thought them.
For this reason I am happy to have met the Holly Gibney of the book: a character particularly full of contradictions. Which is why I probably felt a certain affinity …
But the references to the reflections that arose after reading Doctor Sleep do not end there!
Incredibly, on page 270 I find the following part of the dialogue, and it is Holly who speaks: “I have seen Paths of Glory at least a dozen times. It is one of Kubrick’s best films. Much better looking than The Shining and Barry Lyndon in my opinion. On the other hand, he was a lot younger when he shot it. The way I see it, young artists are much more likely to take risks. “
What to say? Stephen King: The Outsider… much more than a title.
I smiled to myself as I read imagining him devising this further way of reaffirming the concept I had already described here: “a beautiful car with no engine.”
Instead I hope that bookcrossing and passing a favor get started, what do you think?