I have read lots, let's see...
- As a kid, Gianni Rodari, Jules Verne, Sid Fleischmann and books
- As a teen, Isaac Asimov, Richard Bach, JRR Tolkien and books
about logic puzzles.
- In my university years Italo Calvino, Jorge Luis Borges, Hermann
Hesse and books about zen philosophy.
- After university Terry Pratchett
, Daniel Pennac
and books about pedagogy and education.
- Nowadays: truth be told, I don't read much these days, mostly
re-re-read; kids and stuff, you know...
Special mentions go to: Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide series, Asimov's
Foundation trilogy, Bach's Seagull Jonathan Livingston, Neil Gaiman
Neverhwere (and Good Omens, but in my bookcase that's with the
Pratchetts), Hofstadter's Godel Escher Bach, Pennac's Malaussene
series, Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Terry
Pratchett's anything, the Harry Potter series, Saint-Exupery's
Petit Prince, Scott Card Ender/Bean series, Tolkien's Hobbit and
Lord of the Rings. Lots, I said, plus a bunch of Italian stuff you
won't probably know.
1) I had dinner once with Douglas Hofstadter and Umberto Eco (the
same dinner, yes: five people).
2) I met Neil Gaiman, and drove him around for one day.
For real. Details on request.
Asterix, Calvin & Hobbes, Mafalda, most Disney, most Marvel/DC,
absolutely NOT Japanese stuff, sorry. Wrong generation for
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,
Too many to tell. I tried a list, but it was too big so I moved it
to my journal. A very-shortlist: All That Jazz
, most of Tim Burton
, Back to
the Future series, most of Mel Brooks
' and Woody Allen
's oldies, Disney
Classics (most of them, not all), musicals with a plot (as opposed
to movies with some singing), all of Pixar
(add Shrek and Kung Fu Panda to
that), Lion King
(the movie and the stage play), Lord of the Rings
only counts as one!), The Producers
(BOTH movies and the
stage play), most Marvel Comics movies, Star Wars (old trilogy
only). If you notice a trend, yes, I go for reality-escapist
genres, a lot. I'm aware enough of what's bad in the world, thank
you. I don't need to spend money and time in watching it.
B bis) TV SHOWS.
As a general rule, I hate Italian TV (but not as much as I hate who
owns it). Luckily I have friends, cable and internet, and I watch,
buy or download a lot of stuff from the UK and US: Blackadder
, Crank Yankers,
Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy, Monty Python
's Flying Circus,
and most of Discovery Channel, Ninja Warriors, QI, Saturday Night
Live, Takeshi's Castle, The Big Bang Theory
Leonard), Top Gear
, Whose Line is it Anyway*
(both UK and US versions). I also tolerate competitive reality
shows if they actually can make, cook or sew actual stuff. For
parental reasons I'm currently quite stuck on Disney Junior
channel: Handy Manny, Curious George, Jack and the Pirates, you
know the drill. Some of them are not actually bad.
* I consider Colin Mochrie one of the funniest
men alive. I would have had his babies. On the other hand, I also
Peters but I'd never marry him.
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 took
my 6000ish iTunes list and reduced it to a 2000ish 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, or maybe
"deep chicks with hot voices" (Tori, Sinead O'Connor
Regina Spektor, you get the idea). Half of my list is Italian
songwriters from the 70s and 80s: 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
Note to Italians only:
A proposito della musica italiana anni 70 che nomino sopra, credo
che 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. Inoltre:
A parte i musical citati sopra, mi piace molto il teatro
satirico/cabaret. Ho in particolare una venerazione assoluta per
il teatro di Giorgio Gaber, e soprattutto
Paolini (con o senza i Mercanti di Liquore).