DISCLAIMER. We live in 70mq (or about 700 sqf) and we own
(conservative estimate) about:
- five bookshelves (thank you, Ivar) with about 1,400 books
- 900 DVD titles (not counting multiple-disc stuff)
- 50 boardgames (either silly party games or high-end
- 10 different RPGs rulesets (including Toon)
- countless (really) kids' toys.
So, this part will be LONG. Be warned. Be very
I have read lots, let's see...
- 0 to 10: Gianni Rodari, Jules Verne, Sid Fleischmann and books
- 10 to 20: Isaac Asimov, Richard Bach, JRR Tolkien and books about
math and logic puzzles.
- 20 to 25: Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Hermann Hesse and
books about zen philosophy.
- 25 to 35: Terry Pratchett, Daniel Pennac and books about pedagogy
- present time: truth be told, I don't read much these days, mostly
re-re-read; I'm busy and I fall asleep after ten lines. I'm quite
fascinated by books about how body, mind and society interact with
Honorable Mentions go to:
- Edwin Abbot: Flatland
- Douglas Adams: the Hitchhiker's Guide penta-trilogy
- Isaac Asimov: the Foundation original trilogy
- RIchard Bach: Seagull Jonathan Livingston, and Illusions
- Italo Calvino: Invisible Cities
- Lewis Carrol (or, better, Charles Dodgson): his non-Alice math
- Ernest Cline: Ready Player One (a must for any 80s geek)
- Umberto Eco: the Name of the Rose (and the movie wasn't
- Michael Ende: The Neverending Story (2-colors edition!)
- Neil Gaiman: Neverhwere (and Good Omens, but in my bookcase
that's with the Pratchetts)
- Douglas R. Hofstadter: Godel Escher Bach
- Roy Lewis: the Evolution Man (little known, but hilarious)
- Miller & Kanazawa Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters
one of my latest passions
- Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife
- Daniel Pennac: the Malaussene cycle
- Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
- Rick Riordan: the Percy Jackson / Kane Brothers series
- JK Rowling: the Harry Potter cycle
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery: le Petit Prince
- Orson Scott Card: the Ender/Bean series
- JRR Tolkien: the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings
I am a Terry Pratchett's orphan. RIP, Sir pTerry, and have fun with
Douglas Adams and Graham Chapman.
1) On a memorable night I had dinner with Douglas Hofstadter and
2) I met Neil Gaiman and Boris Spasski once, and drove them around
for one day.
For real. Details on request.
I have a bookshelf of them, with the complete collections of
Asterix, Calvin & Hobbes, Lucky Luke, Mafalda, Tintin.
I like most Disney, most Marvel/DC (before they became a
cheap-thrill soap-opera), absolutely NOT Japanese stuff, sorry.
Wrong generation for that.
My two favorites are Order of the Stick
, and they also get a
small bit of my money on a regular basis. I regularly read Darths
and Droids (and loved DM of the Rings), Girls with Slingshots,
Questionable Content, Sinfest, The Joys of Tech, WuMo. Oh, and
recently Oglaf (NSFW but funny).
Too many to tell. A very-shortlist:
- my long lasting favorite All That Jazz; my most recent favorite
The Congress (if you don't like either of them, chances for us to
be friends lower a bit)
- most of Tim Burton
- most of Mel Brooks' and Woody Allen's oldies
- Baz Luhrman old trilogy: Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet, Moulin
- a choice of musicals: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Sound
of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Hairspray,
- The Blues Brothers, of course
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show, of course
- most cult movies from the 80s
(but they forgot Big
Trouble in Little China)
- some selected world-famous Italian movies: Mediterraneo, The
Postman, Cinema Paradiso, Life is Beautiful; see below for less
- Disney Classics (most of them, not all)
- any Pixar movie of your choice
- other CGI cartoons: Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How To Train Your
Dragon, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatball are all great franchises;
Ice Age and Madagascar are, frankly, not
- The Lion King (the movie and the stage play)
- The Producers (BOTH movies and the stage play)
- Back to the Future and Indiana Jones collections
- The Lord of the Rings (that still only counts as one!). And
concerning The Hobbit... well, go check The Tolkien
- most Marvel Comics movies, and eager for a total reunion of the
most DC Comics movies, apart from the recent Batman
trilogy, which rocks
- Star Wars (old trilogy only - or maybe The Machete Order
- The Matrix (too
bad they never made any sequels
If you notice a trend, yes, I go for reality-escapist genres, a
lot. I'm very well aware of what's bad in the world. I don't need
to spend money and time in watching it on purpose, thank you.
We are responsible downloaders: we test and, if we like, we buy.
But our backlog of downloaded-yet-unwatched movies has reached
I go to theater shows way less than I used to (mostly because of
children, rather than money). When I go, I like:
- stand-up comedians: sadly, not many seen on stage, but I have
plenty of recordings by Russell Peters, James CK, Robin Williams
and all the great people from the 70s and 80s
- live musicals: I loved the live versions of Jesus Christ
Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show, The Lion King, The
- live performances: I remember an awesome exhibition of Japanese
As a rule, I don't care for Italian TV. Luckily I have friends,
cable and internet, and I watch, buy or download a lot of stuff
from the UK and US, such as:
- Agents of SHIELD
- Crank Yankers
- The Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy (UK TV series)
- Monty Python's Flying Circus
- The Muppet Show (high hopes for the next incarnation)
- Top Gear (yes, Clarkson sometimes is a douche; and?)
- Ninja Warriors (go Makoto Nagano!)
- Saturday Night Live (specially the 70s and the 90s)
- Stepehen Fry's QI
(a must for any trivia lover)
- The Big Bang Theory (I basically am
- The Newsroom
- Whose Line is it Anyway
.* (both UK and US
I love documentaries of all sorts; history and astronomy and nature
are favorite. Also, if you consider it TV, any TED Talks
On the contrary, I HATE wannabe documentaries, the likes of "Hey,
look at what I'm eating" or "Hey, look at what I'm selling" or
"Hey, look, a car". Sadly, this is two-thirds of Discovery, NatGeo
or History Channel at this time.
I loathe and despise reality TV; I can tolerate competitive shows
if they actually can make, cook or sew actual stuff, or anything
with Tim Gunn in it. Our absolute favorite is Junior Masterchef
Australia (Australia, yes; I can explain, if asked).
For parental reasons I'm frequantly stuck on junior channels. You
know the drill: Handy Manny, Curious George, Jack and the Pirates,
Peppa Pig, Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol. Some of them are not
actually bad, considering.
See above in "Movies" about our backlog of yet-untouched TV
* I consider Colin Mochrie one of the funniest men alive. I
would have had his babies. On the other hand, I also adore
Russell Peters but I'd never marry
Weak spot, I'm really not that deep into music per se. In spite of
the efforts of good friends to keep me up-to-date, my excitement
for music has somewhat expired in my late twenties. Recently I
reorganized my iTunes and realized it was well over the ten
thousand pieces, but mostly I want a playlist to play as a random
background, or "driving soundtrack" as I call it. I tend to go for
classic rock, oldies, hummable pop stuff, "weird chicks with hot
voices" (Tori Amos, Sinead O'Connor, Alanis, Regina Spektor, you
get the idea), some interesting ethnic or classical or plain
Half of my list is Italian songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s (and
some from the 30s-to-50s too): if you are Italian you know what I
mean, if you aren't you don't and likely won't get it.
Cooking, picking, buying, eating and sharing food is a true
sociable and private joy. Any situation or person or country where
food is just fuel, is just not me. Please, if I'll visit you, DON'T
bring me to Italian places: I want to eat YOUR stuff. Side note: I
tend not to drink much alcohol, and I'm insanely fond of water
(gas, please) and juices.
Amici Miei, Don Camillo, quasi tutto Nichetti (specialmente Stefano
Confesso "Tutti gli uomini del deficiente", e sì, è un film
Mi piaceva molto Stefano Benni (la produzione recente molto meno).
Don Camillo di Guareschi. Cent'Anni di Roncofritto di Paolo Cevoli
Altai&Johnson, Lupo Alberto, Sturmtruppen, Nick Carter,
Cattivik e altri Italiani "d'epoca". E un sacco di Jacovitti e di
Trovo che, a proposito di musica italiana anni 70, uno dei migliori
dischi di sempre sia il concerto-tributo Faber: ci sono tutti i
miei favoriti di sempre (tranne forse Dalla e Guccini) e il
concerto è proprio molto bello.
E poi Enzo Jannacci e Bruno Lauzi.
A parte le cose citate sopra, mi piace molto il teatro
satirico/cabaret italiano. Ho in particolare una venerazione
assoluta per Lella Costa, il teatro di Giorgio Gaber, e soprattutto
Marco Paolini (con o senza i Mercanti di Liquore). Con Paolini e i
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