Il venticinque agosto/The Twenty-fifth of August

Oggi, venticinque agosto, ho appena iniziato a leggere il romanzo di Milena Milani “La ragazza di nome Giulio” uscito nel 1964 e subito sequestrato per oltraggio al pudore,L’autrice fu sottoposta ad un processo per oscenità e venne condannata a sei mesi di reclusione. Negli anni successivi però la sentenza fu ribaltata perché al romanzo vennero… Read More Il venticinque agosto/The Twenty-fifth of August

Fantasy & Optimism

James Branch Cabell born on 14 April1879 was an American author of fantasy fiction Since his surname was often mispronounced, he composed this rhyme: “Tell the rabble my name is Cabell” to clear up pronunciation issues.His works were considered escapist: according to him truthfulness was “the one unpardonable sin, not merely against art, but against… Read More Fantasy & Optimism

Defoe and the Pillory

On 31 July 1703, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) English novelist, pamphleteer, and journalist, author of “Robinson Crusoe” and “Moll Flanders”, was placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after penning the pamphlet “The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church”. English Dissenters were a group of Protestants… Read More Defoe and the Pillory