May 20, 2020
Is it ideology, or does he just hate his family?
April 29, 2020
There is no part of society that isn’t obscene.
April 10, 2020
This pain I’m writing about, it’s time to put it into words. It’s a ghost.
March 24, 2020
There isn’t enough herd immunity to bullshit.
March 13, 2020
Stop using dystopia as your compass.
July 9, 2018
Tweets of the post-troll
Though he can come across as unhinged, Salvini knows exactly what he’s doing—unlike Trump, who only seems to stumble, periodically, into a message that resonates. Trump would never repeat criticism of himself without distorting it beyond recognition. Salvini, a fan of the suggestive retweet, confronts his haters head-on: last month he retweeted a La Repubblica piece that declared him “racist and a populist” and “like Mussolini” and a remark by a Democratic Party politician who said that “[Salvini’s] words sound like HITLER’s.” “Unbelievable! He should be ashamed,” Salvini replied, fully aware that his fans enjoy the frisson of the comparison. He used the hashtag #ècolpadiSalvini—“it’s Salvini’s fault”—when he retweeted a newspaper article titled “migrants revolt against Salvini.” Salvini understands the political utility of smug irony. The best way to persuade Italians that he is the uomo forte—the strong man who’s come to do the dirty work—is to be above it all while not being above anything.
May 30, 2017
What good was life on one’s own in the face of European decline and the increasing global irrelevance of your social class?
The pursuit of the good life—in both its moral and aesthetic guises—takes work. But you had Lorenzo. He was handsome and healthy, his shoulders made for polo shirts, his eyes designed to shine emerald green whenever he took off his aviators. His aunt and uncle were influential philosophy professors, and he was a post-doc, also in philosophy. They helped him score grants, and he, meanwhile, could be found at parties, where he’d say, “I’m a filmmaker,” in English, to anyone who’d listen.
June 10, 2016
It feels liberating writing about all this in a foreign language.
Rome, 2016: where the oppositional, anti-establishment candidate has seedy ties and talks like a robot.
Your money or your soul
I gave anyone who found fault with the opinions of Pope Ratzinger a mouthful, and turned up my nose if anyone made dirty jokes; in short I was totally committed, in my own way, to becoming a saint.