Monthly Archives: February 2010

Fuck off, Binetti

Good news for all those people, like me, who know that the best way of getting rid of Berlusconi is to concentrate votes on the Partito Democratico (PD), but just can’t stomach it while Paola Binetti, fundamentalist catholic and – … Continue reading

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Saints and charlatans

In religious circles there’s a term – bilocation – that describes the ability of certain extremely holy figures to be in two places at the same time, obviously for miraculous purposes. Padre Pio was reputed to have this extraordinary power, … Continue reading

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Writing in Rome

If you’d like to spend a month in Rome this summer, before the weather gets too hot, and want to flex your writing muscles at the same time, you might like to consider signing up for the Summer Institute Creative … Continue reading

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Gil Scott-Heron: I’m New Here

Don’t miss this interview either…

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The Wonder of Whiffling

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about a book called Toujours Tingo by, as I said then and will repeat now, the splendidly named Adam Jacot de Boinod. The book, a sequel to The Meaning of Tingo, … Continue reading

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Personality politics

Local elections are coming up in Fondi and the walls of the town are plastered with advertising for the candidates for town mayor. They tend to appear in pairs, like teenage girls on a first night out. They use as … Continue reading

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A writer’s life

I just make Facebook friends with fiction writer Viet Dinh and what’s the first thing I do? Steal this cartoon from his excellent blog, that’s what. How do I live with myself?

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