The diving bell and the butterfly

A book is one of the most powerful weapons for human beings, and Jean-Dominique Bauby has understood that quite well. Editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, Jean-Do is an exuberant, dynamic man, always looking for new...

Samantha Ellis – Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life

“Shock bibliotherapy” suggestions… every book, both fiction and non-fiction, can inspire, help, and guide us in every walk of life, as long as we take the time consider the things that, in the book,...

Angels in America

Angels in America is the TV adaptation of Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America – A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, whose division in two parts, Millennium  Approaches and Perestroika, three chapter each, has been maintained...

The Piano Teacher

Erika Kohut is an excellent middle-aged piano teacher at a Vienna music conservatory. Despite her mature age Erika’s life is constantly controlled, day after day, by her oppressive mother, leaving the main character unable to...

Gabrielle Zevin – The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Who's like to open a holy bookshop, like the one in The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (originally published as The Collected Works of A. J. Fikry)? I surely would. Gabrielle Zevin’s humour, elegance, and...

American Gods

American Gods is a 2017 tv series, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. Shadow Moon, the main character, is a man who has lost everything.  He has just been released from...

Awakening films and tv series

During times of change and related turmoil like our current one, there are some films and TV series that can help us, not only to motivate us to take action outside and change inside,...

Eiji Yoshikawa – Musashi

‘I told you. I’ve just become a new man. I stayed in that musty hole for three years. I read books. I thought. I screamed and cried. Then suddenly the light dawned. I understood...
Living with a non-famous writer

Silvio Donà – Living with a non-famous writer

I know what you are thinking:  this article should have been written by my wife. However, it is also true that when you have known each other for a very long time – as we...
The merlin trilogy - Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart – The Merlin trilogy

“My Lord, when you look for what I am looking for, you have to look in strange places. Men can never look at the sun, except downwards, at his reflection in things of...

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Barbara Ungar – PRIVILEGE (or, WHY WE CALL THE LAKE BDE MAKA SKA)

I am swimming on this hot May day on a deserted beach in my white skin I learned to swim in Minneapolis lakes, one named after...

Ray Bradbury – Farewell Summer

The Enchanted Summer tells the story of Tom, Doug, John and other kids (and adults) who live in Green Town, a small town in...

“Deep Red” by Dario Argento

We attended a parapsychology conference in Rome. In that same room, Helga Ulmann (Macha Méril), a German medium, felt the presence of a person...

Tom Phillips – Poetry is the new rock’n’roll

None of us really wants it, do we? Poetry is the new rock’n’roll – the fame, the fortune, the snowdrifts of cocaine? The megastores stuffed with slim...

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips was born in Buckinghamshire in 1964. He is a freelance writer and guest lecturer at various British and Balkan universities. He has...