54 is the magic number

Updating my Couchsurfing profile I discovered I have visited more than 50 countries! The right number is 54. This is the complete list: Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, …

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we have only our screens as company

Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight, and I give him great credit. Yet I’m not sure this is what is commonly meant by the film of a director, or auteur. Its authorship and ownership owe so much to Hardy (it was the film that established him, beyond Bronson or The Dark Knight Rises, …

Ebola and our society

Fear isn’t only a function of risk; it’s a function of isolation. We live in a society almost perfectly suited for contagions of hysteria and overreaction. In the first place, we’re living in a segmented society. Over the past few decades we’ve seen a pervasive increase in the gaps between different social classes. People are …