On Movies vs Books and Emotionally Rewarding Activities.

Imagine you’re watching a fantastic movie. One of your favorites or one you’ve never seen before; imagine that surge of expectation, the feeling of elation as you wait for something to happen, as you slowly understand the plot the movie has been trying to build, that moment when understanding washes over you and you feel …

My nonna and her stories.

My family, just like any other family out there, has some interesting history and things worth talking about and stories worth telling. I was talking with my spouse the other day about them, and I realized how much I enjoyed telling their stories, in particular, my grandmother’s (nonna hereafter) stories. Like most European grandparents, mine went …

The last of Dune. Thoughts on “Chapterhouse” and the journey of reading Dune.

I started reading Dune mid-2016, and among the 50 or so books I read that year, Dune was the best one of them. A marvellous book, a fantastic story, a gorgeous and mind-blowing journey through its pages, characters and settings. Frank Herbert truly created a work of art within the Dune pages. It was a …