.: Coachella

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert.

You can see Coachella live from their youtube channels, from April 13th to April 22nd

and have an idea of what it was before

and an idea of what just happened this year:  on the 14th, Beyoncé brought out Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child for a reunion performance at Coachella Festival.

I wished I was there… just because last night I saw a beautiful film. “Bonneville”. Ieri sera ho visto questo film dalla fotografia stupenda “Quel che resta di mio marito” e ho ripensato a quando anch’io ho fatto quel viaggio, al contrario, da Los Angeles fino a Pocatello e oltre. Memories literally assaulted me! From the Salt Flats, to Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell, from Las Vegas to the Ocean… I reminded how beautiful that part of America is and they’re places for soul healing. Sicuramente l’Italia è bellissima, ma non troverete mai, in Italia, quegli orizzonti sconfinati, quegli spazi infiniti, capaci di inghiottire la vostra anima.

And I made a dreaming breakfast this morning… with those beautiful images on my mind

you should see it at least once in life. Dovreste vedere Bryce Canyon almeno una volta nella vita

.: Crazy… for Miloš

Goodbye Miloš Forman. And thank you. Watching at Jack Nicholson we’ll always get moved and “think” !

I drink my cappuccino and think about how powerful this movie (and the novel by Ken Kesey) is

… and I also realize that some things have got better, somehow, even if, some days, we feel lost or blue about how things go.

Miloš Forman was born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia in 1932. His parents died in Buchenwald and Auschwitz. Went to live with two uncles and family friends. At 11 he started to know and love the movies by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and John Ford. He later discovered that his biological father was another man. He was in fact a Jewish architect, Otto Kohn, a survivor of the Holocaust. None of the sad facts of his life prevented him to become a great artist and gift the world with his art. Someone wrote “stay hungry, stay foolish” (in 1971*, not in 2005!), I say “stay happy, stay crazy”, because there’s nothing else more important than to stay alive and being happy of being so.

You always always always (yes, always!) have to look at things from different points of view, to be sure you’re understanding them.

“With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”
― Oscar Wilde

*it was on the back cover of the 1971 edition of the Whole Earth Catalog.

.: Nothing else matters #2

Life can be tough sometimes. What does really matter then ? Money? Friends? Love? Cosa conta davvero quando la vita ti dà addosso ? Of course material things are important, but if you can’t see their value, things may not help. Famous suicidals tell us. People who had fame, money and all sort of things were not happy anyway. Devo ricordarvi qualche nome di gente famosa afflitta da depressioni devastanti ? Non credo. Quindi, avere soldi, cose, un lavoro fantastico, può non bastare. What really matters, I think, it’s presence. What do I mean by “presence” ? Something not listed in the “Presence” page of wikipedia. No, not even the Presence album by Led Zeppelin 😀

Presence is the ability to live in the present moment. The ability to set your mind on the here and now. Io chiamo “presenza” la capacità di mantenere l’attenzione nel momento presente. Spesso la nostra mente si allontana dal “qui e ora”. Our mind can wander, in the past or in an imaginary future. But most times it is an unuseful effort. E’inutile vagare con la mente nel passato o immaginare un futuro che nessuno conosce. La cosa non fa altro che portarci via da noi stessi (e da chi ci vuole bene). Non sto dicendo che non sia utile riflettere sulle esperienze passate o pianificare il futuro. I’m not saying reflecting upon past experiences or planning for the future is a bad thing. I’m saying it’s important to be centered in the only time-place which is real: now. Seems easy, but most people can’t do it (or could but don’t). Depression or other such problems, imho, come just from the inability to mantain presence. Your mind wanders too much and you get prisoner of such fancy thoughts, as if they were real. But they’re not. Se si lascia libero il cervello di costruire labirinti di pensieri, si rischia di restarne prigionieri e di non vedere la realtà che ci sta intorno. Presence also includes a sense of equilibrium. The ability to see the good things in our life and the possibilities to reach good goals. La presenza include anche quell’equilibrio che permette di essere ottimisti e realisti circa il buono che c’è nella propria vita e le possibilità di raggiungere degli obiettivi. Con costanza.
Losing your job, losing money, losing friends, getting sick or being disable can be hard things to face, but if you have presence, if you love yourself and life itself, you can overcome most problems. And nothing else matters. I think.

So remember: you can cook. The only thing you need is presence and…

… pasta, ham, cheese, onion, evo oil and patience 🙂

Cook pasta in the salted water. make an onion sautéed. Put the boiled pasta in the sautéed, add ham and make cheese melt. Easy uh ?

Buon appetito ! Cosa ? Volete anche il dopo pranzo ? You want something for relaxing after lunch ? Ok.

Amélie Nothomb

Metafisica dei tubi – Métaphysique des tubesThe character of Rain

Just to remind you when you were gods.

.: Pizza Runner

Blade Runner is my favourite film ever. I think it will always be, whatever new film I might see in the future, it has a combination of ingredients which can’t be found anywhere else. It is from a book from genius Philip Dick, it’s a science fiction movie by genius director Ridley Scott, it has Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah and Edward James Olmos in it, all together! And it has an extraordinarily beautiful soundtrack…

So it is my pizza-film, because pizza is also my favourite food. My mum says I could eat it on a corpse tummy, meaning that I would never send back a good pizza. And pizza too is unique and extraordinary in its simple composition. The base is just bread made of flour, water, oil and salt. And the garnish is basically tomato and mozzarella, a genius idea that I think I will never get tired of.