Classics: “The Great Gatsby”

Twenties atmospheres, the age of jazz, prohibition[1], lights, parties, beautiful cars and cocktail dresses. How not to be fascinated? One immediately thinks of jewels, make-up, sets. To wealth!

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Twenties atmospheres, the age of jazz, prohibition[1], lights, parties, beautiful cars and cocktail dresses. How not to be fascinated? One immediately thinks of jewels, make-up, sets. To wealth!

Probably those who lived these years would not really agree with the imagery that was created around the magical twenties, since struck by lights and colors, it is easy to forget that that decade is right between the two world wars, and that all that exaggeration, display of power, money and happiness served to cover a majority of the population in misery and depression.

The manifesto of the decade, at least of the American one, we know well how different lives were in Europe !, is undoubtedly THE GREAT GATSBY, issued in 1925 by the skilled hands of Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1900). The novel, for those few who did not know it, is based on the indecipherable and ambiguous figure…

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Classics: “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?”
― Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Not everyone knows that “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is just one of fourteen books in a saga.

Surprised?

I discovered it only a few years ago while doing research for my degree thesis on trans media storytelling.

Oz is in fact one of the first worlds to have been created in expansion on different platforms: novels, of course, comics, cartoons, video games, board games, films, even inspired TV series, theatrical musicals. Each product is an integral part of the world created by L. Frank Braum, and each new mediation gives us a new glimpse of the narrative universe of Oz.

So, if you loved the most famous and well-known of the saga, the one with the silver shoes (which in the film are red!) To be clear, know that you have thirteen others to stay in the enchanted emerald world.

A lot of people believe that it is a…

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Classics: “1984”

It is incredible how after more than sixty years this tragic novel is still so relevant. Tragic, because I don’t know about you but me the idea that someone can see every single action I do, that even checks what I have to think and fixes the shot if ever I’m wrong, scares me! It seems to me something horrible! Yet we are allowing it, if not at those dictatorial levels, to a more acceptable extent we are absolutely already undergoing it.
Just think of how many payments we make with credit cards (and therefore traceable), the cameras on the streets, the traffic control cameras, the PC webcam.

Through The Mirror

“Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist?
O’Brien: Of course he exists.
Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me?
O’Brien: You do not exist.”
George Orwell,1984

Let’s face it for some years now if we hear the words “Big Brother”, we associate them with the famous reality show and no longer with Orwell’s masterpiece …
Many people are certain that it was the book that inspired the show and not the other way around, and I think this speaks volumes about the level of general culture of our beautiful country!
But fear not, you can make up for it!
First of all, just look at the dates, the dystopian future controlled by the big eye described by George Orwell was written in 1949, while the trash program that locked ten people in a house under 24h cameras was only imported into Italy in 2000.
And then it…

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Classics: “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

But is it really that simple?
Is the good / bad distinction really that clear?

And does a good action make a person a good one?
And a bad act, does it inevitably make that individual evil?

I disagree. I think that even in the kindest of human beings there is an ounce of badness and that even in the most dangerous of villains, there is a hint of goodness.

Through The Mirror

“I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”[1]

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We all have a dual nature within. A more animalistic, instinctive, ferocious, irrational part; gift of our ancestors, of our evolution. It is a trained part, more docile, rational, civilized; skill of progress and self-proclaimed social-animal.

Usually the two parties coexist peacefully, and depending on the needs one or the other prevails. Always moderate. Always interconnected.

It happens sometimes, however, that due to the mysterious effects of our human chemistry, of occasions, of chance, one of the two comes to the surface more than the other. Overpoweringly it looks out and invades the other without any limitation.

If what we call “the good side” takes…

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Classics: “The Odyssey”

«Ahimè, sempre gli uomini accusano gli dei: dicono che da noi provengono le sventure, mentre è per i loro errori che patiscono e soffrono oltre misura.» How much truth, dear Zeus, how many times do we blame the deities for the misfortunes. But I must say that with Ulysses you cannot deny that you are really … Continua a leggere Classics: “The Odyssey”

Classics: “1984”

 “Winston Smith: Does Big Brother exist?O'Brien: Of course he exists.Winston Smith: Does he exist like you or me?O'Brien: You do not exist.”― George Orwell, 1984 Let's face it for some years now if we hear the words "Big Brother", we associate them with the famous reality show and no longer with Orwell's masterpiece ...Many people are certain … Continua a leggere Classics: “1984”

Classics: “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

“I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man; I saw that, of the two natures that contended in the field of my consciousness, even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.”[1] We all have a dual nature within. A more animalistic, instinctive, … Continua a leggere Classics: “The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Classics: “Pride & Prejudice”

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”[1] I have never been a big fan of love stories, but when, for school reasons, I … Continua a leggere Classics: “Pride & Prejudice”