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The revival of deep reading online. by Carlo Pizzati

Nietzsche? Huh. No, wait, the most senior student in the class shyly raises her hand. “German philosopher? 19th century? Nihilists?” Yes, I say, trying to thread on more recent cultural grounds: “Anyone remember the Big Lebowski? ‘We are nihilists, we believe in nothing…’ ?” Empty stares, absolute zero among these millennials. The average age in … Continue reading

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“Telling it like it isn’t” – an apologia for Romantic philosophy. by Carlo Pizzati

“The world exists to end up in a book” –     Stephane Mallarmé Journalists lie pretending to tell the truth. Novelists and poets tell the truth pretending to lie. Journalists lie by definition. They are supposed to gather objective facts. It is obviously an impossible mission. There is no such thing as an objective truth, … Continue reading

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When I feel lonely, I look for a shopping mall. (from a first draft of a creative non-fiction book by Carlo Pizzati)

When I feel  lonely, I look for a shopping mall. There’s one in every big Latin American city. I call a cab and ask the driver to take me to one of those shopping centers you see advertised in giant billboards, the kind with the  happy nuclear family with the Pepsodent smile. “Alto Las Condes”, … Continue reading