Author Archives: Tom C

About Tom C

Teacher, translator, perhaps writer.

Back to writing

I don’t have a lot of recent posts (or a lot of readers) here, but that does not mean I have not been writing. In fact for the last months I have been just traveling through Europe and writing what … Continue reading

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Florence

It’s a strange experience to be typing in a bus that has wi-fi connection but seats so close one to the other that I have to move my arms retracted in an extremely clumsy position to be able to type. … Continue reading

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No country for young men

I am reading about the shooting in the Los Angeles airport. I lived for four years in L.A. and might still return, because it is still part of my life, while Italy isn’t. Italy, I realize now, is the past. … Continue reading

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Italy is not for the faint-hearted

Twenty hours with almost no sleep. Jet lag or mere excitement from the travel? I really don’t know. It was a long trip. Seven-hour wait at the Frankfurt airport, then two-hour flight to Rome, then a two-hour train from Rome … Continue reading

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Frankfurt Airport, 6 A.M. local time

So here I am at the Frankfurt airport, waiting for my flight to Rome. I am back in Europe after at least three years. The reception, I have to say, was not exactly warm. After 7 hours of a quiet … Continue reading

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Charlie, it was really nothing

A clever designer combined the lyrics of The Smiths with the Peanuts strips and the results are hilarious. Well, at least for anyone who loves both Morrissey and Charlie Brown. The combination is so perfect that you have to ask, … Continue reading

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The cult of self-esteem

An interesting article in the Atlantic talks about the cult of extreme self-esteem that pervades many recent cartoons and, to a large extent, American culture in general. “You can do anything”, the films say, “as long as you dream enough.” … Continue reading

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