In Praise of Raffaele Arcella: a Good and Wise Man

Ho ricevuto oggi una notizia che mi ha rattristato molto, la morte di Raffaele Arcella, avvocato. Proprio in questi giorni in cui si celebra la Memoria, lui se ne è andato lasciandomi il ricordo bellissimo di una serata trascorsa a scuola insieme ai miei studenti, i loro genitori , Alberta Levi Temin (che pure ci ha lasciati nel 2016) , tutti insieme ad ascoltare dalle … Continua a leggere In Praise of Raffaele Arcella: a Good and Wise Man

27th January, Memory Day: Janusz Korczak

These days, we often talk about Remembrance Day, it should be done every day, bearing in mind that there are memories destined to repeat themselves, and that in fact repeat themselves, even if we have proclaimed “Never again!”. I am referring to the Shoah, but above all to the hatred that made the Shoah possible and that today continues to pour out on the fragile … Continua a leggere 27th January, Memory Day: Janusz Korczak

Not Taste but Responsibility in Writing

Writing is not a question of taste but of responsibility. Responsibility for what you write, responsibility for those whom receive the writing, responsibility towards the ones who are the more or the less hidden inspiration of what you write. The process of writing is never an easy one, not even when your writing is fluid and the words seem to be naturally a part both … Continua a leggere Not Taste but Responsibility in Writing

Another Day, Another Night

Yet, that night, those nights, they continue to denigrate the human being and humanity. There are many nights in the world, the innocent people massacred even by those who have been victims, the walls built of barbed wire or stone which, although horrible, are even more subtle than the insurmountable ones we have built in our hearts. Walls that we do not want to account … Continua a leggere Another Day, Another Night


These are days of internal and external restlessness, a restlessness that turns into discomfort in the face of the profound contradictions that tear our time apart. On the one hand there are real needs, on the other those induced; on the one hand the common good, on the other personal interest; sharing on the one hand, selfishness on the other. Ours is a time lacerated … Continua a leggere Restlessness

J. R. R. Tolkien: Beren e Luthien

I am always enchanted by legends or stories that are defined as “fantasy”, but which have a profound narrative structure based on historical and philological competence in order not to neglect poetic and linguistic skills. “Beren e Lúthien” (Bompiani, 2017) by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by C. Tolkien, son of the great writer and scholar, represents just one of these wonderful charms. “Beren and Lúthien” is … Continua a leggere J. R. R. Tolkien: Beren e Luthien