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Indian Summer, by Alex von Tunzelmann: fiction and non-fiction

Indian Summer, by Alex von Tunzelmann: fiction and non-fiction

As you know, one of the recurrent discussions in literature concerns these two categories, fiction and non-fiction, and their borders. First, I have to say that the effort of categorising ideas, movements, disciplines, means and crafts is often unsuccessful and useless (‘I mistrust all systemisers and avoid them. The will to a system is a [...]

Without music, life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche

Without music, life would be a mistake – Friedrich Nietzsche

We have received many messages of congratulation – the appearance of Radio B39 was a great surprise to all our fans. We are proud to have opened another cultural dimension, another important chapter in Beyond Thirty-Nine’s story, even if we are aware that we have to improve. First, a technicality: now you can listen to [...]

Radio, someone still loves you!

Radio, someone still loves you!

Beyond Thirty-Nine is launching its radio today, 14 July of the year of grace 2014. Before adding any comments, let’s sing the song ‘Radio Ga Ga’ by the immortal Queen, who released it in 1984: “Radio – radio / I’d sit alone and watch your light / My only friend through teenage nights / And [...]

Don’t stockpile your brain away; don’t bring it to storage (non portare il cervello all’ammasso)

Don’t stockpile your brain away; don’t bring it to storage (non portare il cervello all’ammasso)

Let me tell you a story. António Caetano de Abreu Freire Egas Moniz (1874 – 1955), better known as Egaz Moniz, was a Portuguese neurologist who won the Nobel Prize in 1949 “for his discovery of the therapeutic value of lobotomy in certain psychoses.” After some attempts of removing the frontal lobes from chimpanzees, he [...]

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 175,000 hits in the month of June

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 175,000 hits in the month of June

In the last month of June 2014 our cultural platform reached its historical peak with the incredible number of 175,172 hits in one month, and confirming more than 6,000 unique persons as our usual friends and about 40,000 pages read each month. That is an increase of 45% of the traffic in six months, which [...]

About the article ‘A contemporary reading of The Mother’ by Gianni Criveller

About the article ‘A contemporary reading of The Mother’ by Gianni Criveller

Dear Gianni, thank you for your contribution. I appreciated so much your speeches at the Macau and Hong Kong events and I read your last article with particular attention. You bring new perspectives and open very interesting issues about Grazia Deledda. I think that a good author, not only Grazia Deledda, requires a systematic input [...]

Successo a Cagliari per la Turandot di Giacomo Puccini. Tutto esaurito. Ovazione per Sciola.

Successo a Cagliari per la Turandot di Giacomo Puccini. Tutto esaurito. Ovazione per Sciola.

L’Unione Sarda, 29 Giugno 2014: Grande successo e tutto esaurito ieri sera al Teatro Lirico di Cagliari per la Turandot di Giacomo Puccini. Il pubblico ha risposto con applausi e con una particolare ovazione dedicata allo scultore sardo Pinuccio Sciola, autore delle singolari scenografie in pietra, di forte impatto visivo. Era atteso questo inedito allestimento del [...]

Let me introduce Pinucccio Sciola and his ‘sound stones’

Let me introduce Pinucccio Sciola and his ‘sound stones’

“Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone. ‘But which is the stone that supports the bridge?’ Kublai Khan asks. ‘The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,’ Marco answers, ‘but by the line of the arch that they form.’ Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting. Then he adds: ‘Why do you speak to me of the stones? [...]

Doha, June 2014

Doha, June 2014

Someone told us that the best restaurant in Doha is Di Capri, in the La Cigale Hotel, and so we are here, in this immense hall, which is large, like two basketball fields, elegant and somehow too stylish, too refined and sophisticated. We try to find the right mood to celebrate our deal. There are [...]

After the events of May

After the events of May

Still astonished by the incredible success of the 30th of May at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences – about 100 attentive and passionate people joined the event ‘Grazia Deledda & Sardinia’ – I woke up this morning with a strong feeling of gratitude and a first consideration: sometimes, you have to choose between [...]

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THE AUTHOR
Ciriaco OffedduCIRIACO OFFEDDU
Engineer, CEO of several companies, more than twenty years of experience as a leader of a consulting group specialized in direct management in a broad range of business disciplines and industries, expert in internationalization processes.

Newly Graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with a Master in Creative Writing.

Author of many publications.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention


NewsletterAug2013

List of a few of MFA students’ publications, awards and honors in literary publishing


The CityU MFA’s Occasional & Unpredictable Newsletter

The CityU MFA’s Occasional & Unpredictable Newsletter