SUSAN SONTAG: ILLNESS AS METAPHOR

2020-04-29T00:31:56+01:00April 8th, 2020|LANGUAGE, SOCIETY|

Two essays by Susan Sontag are devoted to an analysis of myths surrounding paradigmatic diseases of modern times and metaphors that turn physical illnesses into a moral matter and lead to public shaming of their victims.

UPTON SINCLAIR: THE JUNGLE – ESSAY BY RONALD GOTTESMAN

2020-06-28T12:19:27+01:00January 11th, 2020|LITERATURE, SOCIETY|

As Ronald Gottesman points out in this discerning introduction, Upton Sinclair was a passionate believer in the redemption of mankind through social reform. His expose of the interlocking corruption in American corporate and political life was a major literary event when it was published in 1906, and caused an almost immediate reform in pure-food legislation.

HOW VEGANISM BECAME MAINSTREAM

2020-06-28T12:09:15+01:00January 3rd, 2020|FOOD, SOCIETY|

True, vegetarianism has been growing for many years, but did anyone foresee its most extreme variant rapidly ‘crossing the chasm’ to go from an oddball niche to a standard lifestyle choice?

Hannah Arendt: Society and Culture

2019-10-24T22:09:12+01:00October 24th, 2019|CULTURE, SOCIETY|

Hannah Arendt warns that mass culture increasingly utilizes the classics and other genuine works of art, transformed and made digestible, for entertainment. Since the appetites of the entertainment industries are insatiable, they will in time consume the classics, and thereby destroy culture.

Bertrand Russell: Il potere

2019-10-20T22:29:54+01:00October 20th, 2019|POLITICS, SOCIETY|

L’opera di Bertrand Russell Il Potere - Una nuova analisi sociale vide la prima volta la luce in Inghilterra nell’ottobre del 1938. La scena politica internazionale era allora dominata dalla preoccupazione che, nei paesi democratici, destavano la dittatura di Hitler in Germania e quella di Mussolini in Italia; analoga apprensione si nutriva per gli sviluppi del regime staliniano nella Russia sovietica.

Festività e consumismo – di Pier Paolo Pasolini

2019-09-15T01:14:23+01:00September 15th, 2019|SOCIETY|

Sono tre anni che faccio in modo di non essere in Italia per Natale. Lo faccio di proposito, con accanimento, disperato all'idea di non riuscirci; accettando magari di oberarmi di lavoro, di rinunciare a qualsiasi forma di vacanza, di interruzione, di sollievo.

La folla, cos’è? – di Pier Paolo Pasolini

2019-09-14T23:29:02+01:00September 14th, 2019|SOCIETY|

Avendo fatto in questi giorni (a Zafferana, in Sicilia, c'era un'atmosfera da linciaggio) esperienza della folla, mi è stato naturale rispondere subito a una lettera, firmata da Massimo Baldini, che mi pone delle domande, appunto, sulla folla (argomento della sua tesi di laurea).

Pier Paolo Pasolini on Abortion

2019-09-15T02:16:42+01:00September 7th, 2019|SOCIETY|

Who is in favour of abortion? No one evidently. One would have to be mad to be in favour of abortion. The problem is not to be for or against abortion but for or against its legalization.