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Podcasts, 2020

In 2018 I made a list of the podcasts that I listen to. Since then, podcasts have continued to grow in popularity. Last month, The New Yorker started to systematically review podcasts in its art section, alongside movies, theatre plays, and ballets. For me, personally, podcasts are good way to spend some time away from […]


Historycast; The Axe Files with David Axelroad (from Giallu); The Economist: The Week Ahead (since this one no longer works I have replaced it with Editor’s Picks); Ad Alta Voce (from Martina); FT: World Weekly; The Philosopher’s Zone; Malcom Gladwell: Revisionist History (from Daniel); Un giorno da pecora; The Wilderness; BBC In our time; Lezioni di […]


What is the connection between Swiss Kohreihen songs, modern tourism, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel? The term nostalgia was coined in the late 1600s by an Alsatian student, Johannes Hofer. He used it in his medical dissertation to describe the specific emotional state felt by the Swiss mercenaries uprooted from their mountains, stationed […]

Less politics

Politics has vanished from this blog. Bizarre. I used to write a lot about attitudes, elections, parties. Then I stopped. I almost feel ashamed when I read through my recent posts: they are all about me, me, me. Sometimes I wish I could be like another Lorenzo, who publishes daily witty comments on the political […]

Deuxième confinement

Niente più tramonti sontuosi e gemme fiorite sul vigneto di Montmartre, come questa primavera. Al loro posto, le corse si svolgono ora nel buio della mattina, con traffico ed escrementi ovunque (mi rivedo nel signore che si lamenta in una famosa canzone di Elio). Rispetto a questa primavera, lavoro più spesso in sala e con […]

Radio France

Late October, Sunday evening. My body is tired: I rode my bike in the afternoon. I am planning the week that is about to start. It is dark outside, but from the window I can still see the lake of Neuchâtel. I listen to Fip radio, Certains l’aiment Fip, on air for one hour every […]

The isolation booth

I have been the guest of Anna and Danae’s podcast, The isolation booth. As Anna said when she first contacted me, it’s all rather amateur and casual. We chatted a bit about my projects, but mostly about our experience with the lockdown.

Covid-19 and the sudden death of free movement

It has been my dream to appear in a podcast. I was hoping this would happen with L10nel, but Jack never gave me a shot. Alex Afonso finally made this dream come through. I have been his guest in the latest episode of ‘The Borders of Equality‘, the podcast he manages at the University of […]

Books I have read in 2019

I first saw The Schopenhauer Cure in Luxemburg, Torino, next to a dozen other books by the same author. Irvin Yalom is a psychiatrist who turns philosophy into a work of fiction. Arianna gave me this book towards the end of 2018. For some reason, I remember reading it on two distinct occasions: in a […]


Il mio amico Giacomo, conosciuto tra Parigi e Rovereto grazie ad Arianna, si è buttato in un progetto creativo: il podcast L10nel. Con la scusa di seguire un’intera stagione di Lionel Messi e dell’FC Barcellona, Giacomo parla di sé e della nostra generazione. Se siete curiosi, potete seguirlo tramite iTunes. E’ gratis. E così in […]