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His Mother

His Mother

“When looking at my son, I feel only a bit ambivalent. I know that I have missed the opportunity to raise him – and he is an interesting personality indeed, a handsome successful young man. At the same time, I’m strongly aware that I couldn’t have handled that responsibility, the daily commitment of bringing up [...]

Ernst Haeckel and his recapitulation theory

Ernst Haeckel and his recapitulation theory

When approaching Haeckel (1834–1919), you discover that he was complicated – and maybe this is the reason for his attractiveness. This is not only so for his controversial theory of recapitulation, a very tricky subject, whose claim that ‘ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny’ is tough by itself, but for the interaction of a wide range of interests [...]

Marzia, from Mars

Marzia, from Mars

We have to go back to 1963 and zoom in on the ‘crime scene:’ southern Europe, Mediterranean Sea, Italy. On the west of the Italian peninsula, under the French Corsica Island you can find a bigger island, Sardinia. It is hidden, always under or beside, and not famous because we were not able to develop [...]

Timothy Findley and Leonardo Da Vinci – Pilgrim

Timothy Findley and Leonardo Da Vinci – Pilgrim

I could say that I decided to read this novel, Pilgrim, because I was attracted by the number and the power of the characters that the story deploys with such insolence. Yes, if you want to involve Carl Gustav Jung (the Swiss psychiatrist and originator of the theory of the collective unconscious), Oscar Wilde, August [...]

Letter to a grandchild

Letter to a grandchild

I read this moving and deep letter, written by Lino De Palmas, in the newspaper La Nuova Sardegna, @Ddurudduru di Luciano Piras, on 22 August 2014 (http://piras-sassari.blogautore.repubblica.it). I don’t know Lino De Palmas. There is only a short bio on the page: he was born in 1970 in the village of Lodè, near Nuoro (Sardinia), [...]

Why we were so fond of books

Why we were so fond of books

You can ask why we were so fond of books. You are right. My father, my mother, my sister and I spent a lot of money every month to buy piles of the most disparate books that we can find in the central library of Nugoro, the one of the Piras brothers, yes, in the [...]

The acid test of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

The acid test of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

A friend of mine, in good faith, told me once that I was not able to write a good book review because I would run out of patience too quickly when describing the novel or essay, and then I would talk about my feelings and thoughts, going round and round, and losing the focus of [...]

The revolt of Terranova against the Savoy government

The revolt of Terranova against the Savoy government

A friend of mine, so far anonymous, sent me a sheet from a newspaper I didn’t know, called A Olbia, from June 2014, in which there is an intriguing article by Salvatore Zappadu, Tutti uniti contro il governo sabaudo di inizio ‘800 – alle saline la grande rivolta del popolo di Terranova (All united against the [...]

Ursula Andress & Nugoro

Ursula Andress & Nugoro

To explain the framework, back then in Nugoro there was only one cinema, small and warm, called Il Pidocchietto, the little louse, because of the presence of such guests in the muffled old chairs. I have to say that their presence was discrete and not invasive, so, please, don’t dramatize this secondary aspect of the [...]

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 210,000 hits in the month of July

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 210,000 hits in the month of July

In the last month of July 2014, our beloved cultural platform reached its historical top with the huge number of 210,317 hits in one month, 7,000 unique visitors, and more than 40,000 pages read (both new records too). This new achievement is surprising, also considering the summer period and the geographical coverage: today B39 is [...]

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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

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