Lorenzo & his humble friends

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

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2021: resolutions

Change house, job, and shoes. Sign up for one cross country skiing race. Free ride on the mountains. Draw on a sketchbook. Polish up the archive of pictures taken over the last few years. Write some letters in French. Plan. Write an academic manuscript. Have a big meal, in a vineyard, from midday to midnight, […]

Pisciotta e dintorni

Dopo la mia tradizionale tonsillite estiva, riparto per la Campania. Nicco ha trovato all’ultimo minuto un’offerta vantaggiosa per una casa a Marina di Pisciotta nel cilento campano: è destino ch’io passi una buona parte di questa estate in compagnia del buon cibo mediterraneo e della faccia del governatore De Luca. A Firenze ci accomodiamo sulla […]

Messages from quarantine

A seven-minute documentary by Niccolò Natali and Nikola Lorenzin on the New York Times.

Just a bunch of Englishmen

Niccolò chose the place, bargained for the house, and found the motivation to rein everybody in, including those he did not know previously – and there were many of them. Nico, Thomoose, and Tree flew in from Canada. So did Andrew, who landed in Paris shortly after new year’s midnight. Jasper signed in about a […]

2020: resolutions

Start and finish one cross country skiing race. Free ride on the mountains. Eat chocolate. Remember. Get a sketchbook. Polish up the archive of pictures taken over the last few years. Learn some German. Do some interviews for my research. Experiment with French cuisine in Jules Joffrin. Spend a week in Berlin with Arianna, Anna, […]

Books I have read, 2018

I remember reading Annie Ernaux’s Memoria di ragazza on the train during a long, romantic night ride between Stockholm and Kiruna. Outside it was snowing. I felt like I was part of a Swedish noir movie. Next to me, Giallu, and Nicco were muttering indistinct phrases while Jasper was listening to Bubble Butt. We had decided to […]

2019: resolutions

Finish the Diagonela and the Marcialonga. Take some good pictures, mainly portraits. Cook: soupe à l’oignon, parmigiana, babaganoush. Improve French, learn some German. Drink beer with Anna. Regularly update the blog. Write letters to Thomas. Hike on the mountains with Giallu, Nicco, other friends and family. Memorise twelve poems: one per month. Read one, big […]

2018: resolutions

Go ski touring in Switzerland. Finish the Ph.D. in style. Improve my French. Memorise twelve poems: one per month. Cook. Read one, big classic of Russian literature. Reunite Dani, Jonas and Tosan. Collect whiskey and photography books. Go sailing. Avoid developing an addiction for the pipe. Continue fencing and playing tennis. Race with the bike. Drink […]

Alastair Campbell

I started to train regularly with my bike during the rainy Florentine winter of 2016. Then, in April, I went to live in Neuchâtel for a semester and I decided to bring with me my older bike so that I could still go for a nice stroll every now and then. Those long rides in […]

Pistole scariche

Remember the 100-kilometre bike night that Giallu, Nicco and I did in 2015? In June this year we did it again. Yet – this time was different. First, there was no preliminary 48-hour hike on the Dolomites; and, second, the altitude difference was now -10m as opposed to +1.200 in 2015. Our bike night of […]