Books and Other Pleasures

“The World Emerged from FANTASY”

It is a captivating trilogy capable of involving at any age, in a different way. We became so enthusiastic and attached to Troisi’s way of writing that we subsequently also read “Legends” and “Wars” always linked to the Emerged World, with equally strong and intelligent protagonists. And with plots that are not at all obvious, and above all a happy ending not always achieved.

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August 2005, I just finished high school, what will it be like to give a gift ???
It’s my brother’s birthday again, how could this happen? Oh yes that’s right, it’s an anniversary, or a recurrence that falls every year, and every time I don’t know what to give him.
No, not right now. To date I have an endless list of gifts that I know for sure he will like him, but that fatal year my brother was in the height of adolescence, that is, that period in which “everything sucks, you all suck, that’s disgust”, so understand what could make him “a little less disgusting” was not easy …

Books.

I have no other choice. Although home libraries are about to burst it is really the only thing with which I have an attempt not to see the expression of someone who has just eaten a rotten lemon…

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Books and Other Pleasures

“A Melancholy Kite”

The French writer Victor Hugo wrote of melancholy which is “the joy of feeling sad”. It could be defined as the desire, at the bottom of the soul, for something that one has never had, but which one agonizingly misses.

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The French writer Victor Hugo wrote of melancholy which is “the joy of feeling sad”. It could be defined as the desire, at the bottom of the soul, for something that one has never had, but which one agonizingly misses.

“She said, ‘I’m so afraid.’ And I said, ‘why?,’ and she said, ‘Because I’m so profoundly happy, Dr. Rasul. Happiness like this is frightening.’ I asked her why and she said, ‘They only let you be this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.”[1]

There was an Autumn in which I didn’t feel very well, I didn’t have time to recover from one flu that I was having another.

It happens to everyone sooner or later in life, it’s nothing to worry about. It becomes, however, if it is the Autumn of the last year of high school, in which all the professors rage and terrify you…

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Tv Series Rehab_eng

“It is always (RED) tea time”

A curiosity of the TV series lies in the titles of the episodes, in fact up to the eighth of the sixth season, the word “red” or other terms that refer to color (such as “blood”, “crimson” or “cherry”) always appear. This is a clear reference to the name of serial killer Red John, who, while not appearing in all the episodes, is regularly involved in the psychological life of the protagonist. In the Italian version, the word “red” is always put in the titles, even when in the original title are found other words.

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Mini caprese with chestnuts.
(The recipe is from my dear friend, Anna
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Ingredients:

-500g of chestnuts
-80g of salted butter
-140g granulated sugar
-60g peeled almonds
-2 eggs
-40g sweet coco
-q.b. powdered sugar
-q.b. salt

Method

Cut the chestnuts and boil them for 20-25 minutes, peel and blend them and keep the mixture aside, then chop the almonds.
Melt the butter and separate the yolks from the white, keeping the latter aside.
Add the sugar to the egg yolks and whisk, by hand, with a whisk, then incorporate the melted butter.
Add the almonds and cocoa and continue to mix everything until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.
Beat the egg whites until stiff adding a pinch of salt.
Add the blended chestnut mixture to the mixture and mix again, finally add the whipped egg whites, adding them little by little. Grease the disposable aluminum molds (The mixture should…

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Books and Other Pleasures

“A Soundrack for llaF”

In that library I found a book that still remains one of the most poetic I have read, sitting on the big carpet eating strawberries out of season, I found myself in Vienna, between violins and loves, between music and passion

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STRAWBERRIES WITH CREAM CORRECT WITH BELLINI
(the recipe is mine)

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Ingredients (4 – 5 people):
– strawberries, g 600
-sugar, 60 g
– lemon, 1/2 (the juice)
-liquor, 1 small glass (of the type you prefer)
– fresh whipping cream, 300 ml
– icing sugar, g 40
– 120 ml of peach juice
– 4 glasses of prosecco

Preparation

Quickly wash the strawberries under running water and put them to drain. We remove the stem and cut the strawberries into small pieces.
We put the strawberries in a container, preferably glass, add the sugar, the juice of 1/2 lemon and the liqueur
We mix very gently, then cover the container with a lid or kitchen cling film. We put the strawberries in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
We take 120 ml of peach juice and mix them with the prosecco, then set aside in a cool place.
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Books and Other Pleasures

“The girlS on the train”

“it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the way I hold myself, the way I move.” [1]

Unfortunately, I can’t go into hibernation and follow the advice of Green Day[2] to the letter, so you have to face it in the best way.

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tumblr_maol8eolpc1r7ou24o1_500Septemberis a strange month, it is the ninth of the calendar year, however, it is a month of beginning. The school starts in September, the work after the holidays starts again in September, the new projects, the diets, the sport, the exams, the medical visits, the tv series! Everything seems to have entered forcefully in this month of thirty days in which we say goodbye to the Summer and we must resign ourselves about the shortening of the days.

I never liked September.

It has always seemed a month – trick to me: it rains with the sun, you do not know how to dress, all the holiday destinations cost less but you do not have time to go there, it gives hopes and then it immediately takes them back.

gif___sunset_train_by_turst67-d6mdbgy“it’s as if people can see the damage written all over me, can see it in my face, the…

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Tv Series Rehab_eng

“Chicken Wings, Friendzone And Friends”

he only reflection that I would add to what I already said, is to use it as a remedy “against the Autumn”, the season of swings mood and climate change, the commitments that start accumulating and the first colds. Despite the twenty years after the first episode, it remains one of the most ingenious and modern serial products of the tv program. A therapy, a breath of fresh air, some laughter in these obscure times.

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Tabasco chicken wings accompanied by Aioli Sauce.
(The recipe is from my friend, Anna)

Ingredients (for 4 people Aioli Sauce):
– 4 cloves garlic
– 1 tablespoon of filtered lemon juice
– Ground white pepper
– 3 Egg yolks, one of which is hard.
– Salt to taste.
– Oil

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(chicken wings)
– 16 chicken wings.
– 2 cloves garlic
– 3/4 drops of tabasco
– 50 grams of grated Parmesan cheese
– 100g of breadcrumbs
– 100 ml of oil
– Salt and Pepper To Taste.

Aioli sauce Procedure:

In a mortar join the cloves of minced garlic with the salt and beat very well, we put all in a mixer by adding fresh and whisk yolks; we add the oil until it will not create a thick cream. Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and egg yolk, we have previously prepared crumbled…

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Books and Other Pleasures

“Braggot, Rain and Magic”

I would love writing a huge, fabulous, musical about Avalon. As big as Broadway production, but for now, I need to stay grounded and withmy eyes on the books.
The version of Marion Zimmer Bradley, “The Mists of Avalon”, is, at the moment, the one I prefer, because it revises the legends of the Arthurian Cycle from a womanly point of view.

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The first Fall’s rain after the Summer is like a shattered mirror, reflecting every little emotion, from the relief of the first fresh air to melancholy for the sunny days we leave behind. From the horror of the shrinking hours, to the comfort of a season full of prospects.

It is the season of grapes, pumpkins, and more intense colours.

And good books.

Actually, every season is right for good books, but you will agree with me that the rain and the first breezy is the ideal type of weather for a genre in particular: fantasy, with its magical atmospheres, supernatural beings, overwhelming mysteries.

Fantasy is the broader and more variegated literary genre, I guess, there are so many sub-categories to spin your head, but there are some hotspots that you can not neglect: the hero, the villain (very often one confused with the other), and magic!

There are so…

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Books and Other Pleasures

“Wind, Violin And Spices”

Still my favourite

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graphic by: Gioia

<<Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.>>[1]

 

The wind howls it creeps under the porticos, raises her skirts, ruffles the hair, creates vortices in the meadows, taking with it yellow, red and brown leaves; it drives the clouds and thickens the seas. Then suddenly it stops and it comes the rain, slow, bored, it fills the spaces with its smell of Autumn by sliding the drops on the windows, getting the objects dirty  and washing away the sins.

fall-leaves-autumn-gif-1In this atmosphere, you have to find the nearest library, one of those with the smell of old books that you can already feel…

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