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THE SENSE OF THE RIDICULOUS

“Dear Mina, what one does not do to be in the spotlight? I read with a sense of annoyance the news of a young American who will be locked in his home for a year under the merciless gaze of a camera that will broadcast his life through the Internet…”

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ALBANIA DOCET

“Dear Mina, Among the positive achievements that this humanity of ours will not be able to ferry into the new millennium is the abolition of the death penalty. A few years ago I collected signatures in support of a suspended sentence for Paula Jones…”

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I WILL NOT LEAVE ON A NEW JOURNEY

I will not leave on a new journey.For a thousand years I have been going through dials, astrolabes, shelves and almanacs.And now that I stagnate in the concave of these synthetic dresses, now that my chest is caught in the camouflage of designer…

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THE ERA OF THE ANTI-HUMAN

“Dear Mina, if a young man in his 20s stabs his grandparents to seize his inheritance, the news seems almost normal. If a young man in his thirties dies from a tragic cocktail of drugs and alcohol at a rave party amid the general indifference of…”

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CALL THEM INFERENCES

“Dear Mina, in a tragic game of massacre of our certainties, even prominent churchmen are being put on trial and have to answer to infamous charges. I am referring to the affair of Cardinal Giordano who nevertheless, while being investigated for…”

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THE STATE-BALANCE

“Dear Mina, We watch with increasing helplessness as collapses, floods and more or less natural disasters occur. And after the excitement of the moment, everything returns as before, with no certainty about human responsibility and waiting for a new…”

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GIVE US BACK THE MAGICIAN ZURLI

“Dear Mina, the force of television images penetrating our homes is such that I do not know how to defend myself and my children. There is no time when you can be comfortable. It is not only the explicit violence that worries me, but also the…”

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HOW HOT, MY LADY

“Dear Mina, I have just returned from the beach and, as I have often done in these last days of October, spent many hours of my free time under the hot sun of this interminable summer. Meteorologists say the planet’s temperature is rising, and even…”

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COME FORWARD, MONSTER

“Dear Mina, I had to give in to the demands of my two teenage sons and finally settled on having the Internet installed on my home computer. They say that without the Internet, they can no longer do their research for school and only with this tool…”

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WIZARD OTELMA, TO THE TWO OF US

“Dear Mina, I can’t go around TV channels with the remote control without running into fortune-tellers, astrologers and tarot card readers. At all hours of the day and night this irrationalism is poured upon us. Obviously there is a wide audience for…”

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