essays on history, myth, ideas, books, film, music…


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Sherlock Holmes, Roy Orbison, Aeschylus, Howard Hawks, Aphrodite, Oscar Wilde, Astaire and Rogers, Ingmar Bergman, Shakespeare, George Carlin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Simenon, The Dubliners, Federico Fellini, Eric Rohmer, Gilgamesh, Jean Harlow, Alexander the Great, Helen of Troy, Hiroshige, Shunji Iwai, Kieslowski, Li Po

Medium length essays, about 2000 words, on topics such as fiction, history, myth, music, cinema, and the society we live in (as I experience it). I try to make connections, see things from unusual perspectives, and on occasion come to debatable conclusions. The idea is to promote discussion, because I believe  that’s a good idea. An original thought is better than copying someone else’s.  Am I right? That’s not so important. It’s more important that the topics are discussed. I was convinced by someone called Socrates that the unexamined life is not worth living.

Bia, Homer, Jean Arthur, George Orwell, Petronius, Margery Allingham, Raymond Chandler, Philip K Dick, Liane de Pougy, Ana Carolina, Jane Austen, Satyajit Ray, Richard Francis Burton, Johnny RiversSappho, Coline Serreau, Aristophanes, Preston Sturges, TarkovskyCharmian CliftZarathustra

You are on the Welcome page.  Click on a hyperlinked name below the slideshow to be taken to what I have written about that person. In the right hand column on all pages except the home page is a search field: enter a term to go to that topic if available. Below that is a contents list: click on one of these categories to restrict your browsing to that subject. Below that is a listing of posts which will take you to recent topics I’ve covered, and then some of the most popular essays. Below that again you can see and explore the sites of my community, people who have made comments on my posts. Enter your email address in the subscribe field below if you want to be informed of new postings. On the page list at the top of the left hand column is an index to the site from which you can go directly to any title that interests you;  collections of free book sites to explore; and slideshows of pictures to view; some translated posts, initially into Italian; and details about myself, the writer. Clicking on the site title will return you to a view of all posts since 2009. Click on the post title to open full screen, and on site title to go back to home view.

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