The Long Run

So I’m pretty sure I’m going to fall in love with British Literature and it’s all because of these cappuccino’s I’ve been bingeing on. Traditionally, I haven’t been a huge fan of Brit Lit, having read Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre and Dracula and a smattering of other things over the years for ostensible pleasure. … Continue reading

Culture Shock

Culture Shock

Home again. After 16 hours, three airports, two jets and one airplane, one taxi, three light rail trains, approximately 5,000 security checkpoints, custom checkpoints, and baggage counters (all sporting two staff on-hand to process hundreds of people at a time), about six meals, snacks, and beverage services, four movies and more hours of Minesweeper than … Continue reading

Bacchanalia

Bacchanalia

Some of what makes Rome Rome is the liveliness of its people, the passionate concordance of a zest for life and pleasure. Perhaps so much restoration and repair goes unfinished because the pleasure of a lover’s touch or the ecstasy of a bite of gelato triumphs over all of the mundane; honoring past is important … Continue reading

S.P.Q.R.

S.P.Q.R.

The Senate and People of Rome. “Downtown” in central Rome the seven hills sort of converge like a lackadaisically drunk poet writing lines that associate with each other but sort of obliquely and partly obscured by innuendo. Over two thousand years of history has blended together a heady mix of cultural identity by way of … Continue reading

First Days

First Days

When you meet that certain someone for the first time, it gets locked into your memory like a chain, metaphorically clinging to you, your heart, your malleable Cap’n Crunch memory that recalls only the sweet sensation of sugar and crunch, not the way that self-same crunch grinds into the top of your palate, shredding your … Continue reading