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Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 435,000 hits in the month of October

Beyond Thirty-Nine exceeds 435,000 hits in the month of October

In the present month of October 2014, our cultural platform reached its historical top with the huge number of more than 435,000 hits in one month, 15,000 visits, and more than 61,000 pages read (both incredible new records too). Our splendid curve of increase—more than 61,000 pages read in one month are a solid proof [...]

Che vergogna essere Italiani!

Che vergogna essere Italiani!

Scrivo in italiano, per decenza, ma trovate nel seguito una lettera di reclamo, in inglese, che riporto integralmente. La visita della delegazione della City University di Hong Kong è stata di grandissimo successo grazie alla professionalità e alla grande ospitalità che è stata assicurata dalla Sardegna in ogni tappa del programma stabilito. Purtroppo, su 18 [...]

MacArthur: another falling star/myth?

MacArthur: another falling star/myth?

Maybe you don’t know the National Library in Singapore. It is a splendid building near Bugis Junction. For me, in different times, it has been a sort of refuge. Well lit, fresh and quiet. And as clean as a mirror, of course. With some comfortable armchairs in the corners, which you have to claim before [...]

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 [...]

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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.

@COffeddu

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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