Category Rambles

Rambling with Alain de Botton’s “A Week at the Airport”

This past July a friend mentioned Alain de Botton’s A Week at the Airport (2009) when I texted him from Heathrow Terminal 5 waiting for my connection to Chicago. A couple of days later, after unpacking was done and I was settled back home again, I ordered the book but then I didn’t read it […]

Transnationalism: a dictionary

This semester, I’m teaching a film course on contemporary Italian transnational cinema and I’ve started writing down terminology I find in the articles and books on the topic that I’ve been reading. This is my current ‘dictionary.’ With footnotes. Clandestine Cultural pluralization / cultural plurality I like that my migration dictionary does not start with […]

The Poetic Chance of Lost Objects

Lost objects … nomadic remains wandering in the world … I find ‘moving’ beauty in lost objects – emotional beauty in motion, an ever-changing charm, adrift and shattering … Wordsworthian sublimity … “These beauteous forms / Through a long absence, have not been to me / As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye” […]

On words

Words define our world. Arbitrarily. The sign is not the object. Why a tree is not called ‘glass’? What would happen if we start calling ‘diarrhea’ what we now define ‘love’? Would we suffer from an incontinence of the heart? Certainly we would live in the world of Wordplay, an episode from the (genial) The […]