The teeth may smile but the heart does not forget

Andrew Rice “In Uganda, all history is political, and so are the secrets. Some surround pain, some surround shame, but the heaviest silences obscure the powers of the present day.” “People have been choked with their genitals, their heads bashed to with sledgehammers and gun butts, hacked to pieces with pangas, disemboweled, blown up with…

Buonanotte, Signor Lenin

Tiziano Terzani. “…coinvolto nel destino di quella straordinaria razza di uomini e donne andati laggiu’, per lo piu’ dalla Russia, con l’idea di costruirci un avamposto del socialismo e ora, disorientati dalla fine di quel sogno, abbandonati a se stessi, a fare i conti con le loro vite sprecate, senza piu’ una patria cui tornare,…

Beyond the Sky and the Earth. A Journey into Bhutan

Jamie Zeppa. “And it was more than feeling that I was going to wake up one morning trapped in my future. For all my years of study, I wasn’t sure I had actually learned anything. I had gained intellectual skills and tools, yes but what did I know? I wanted to through myself into an…

American Gods

Neil Gaiman. “There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them…

Howl, Kaddish and other poems

Allen Ginsberg. “Which way will the sunflower turn surrounded by millions of suns?” “The weight of the world is love. Under the burden of solitude, under the burden of dissatisfaction, the weight, the weight we carry is love.” “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked… who wandered around…

Desolation Angels

Jack Kerouac. “He is a believer in life and he wants to go to Heaven but because he loves life so he embraces it so much he thinks he sins and will never see Heaven… You could have ten thousand cold eyed Materialistic officials claim they love life too but can never embrace it so…