Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tutti nella famiglia

Hello all!

I have another Italian paper due tomorrow. I also watched an Italian movie yesterday, based on the story of Rita Atria (it was very good btw). As I always enjoy combating stereotypes, I initially thought I might endeavor to disabuse you all of a couple misconceptions about the Italian mafia. Upon second thought, however, I realized that talking about something as depressing as the mafia at 11:32pm at night when you are liable to question life in general is probably not the best of ideas. Seriously, late at night is not a good time for thinking about anything seriously. Especially life decisions. Unfortunately, this is also the time at which you feel most inclined to do so. I don't want to tell anyone what to do, but I would strongly suggest against endeavoring to figure out your life any time past 10 pm. Just save it for the next day.

So, what am I going to do in this post if I'm not going to talk about the mafia? Well, I'd first like to post a link to a video I re-discovered this past week that I think is quite brilliant. The video is of a talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose first novel I read for a class last semester (It is called "Purple Hibiscus," and I really loved it). She is speaking at a conference hosted by TED (If you are unfamiliar with TED, may I strongly suggest you go here now?). It is a little long, so no pressure to watch it (though you will miss out if you don't!).

Secondly, I'd like to tell you all that if you ever feel the desire to read an Eliza Haywood novel, you should take whatever means necessary to put such an action completely out of your power. It is not worth it. All that every happens in them is a mix up of romantic letters and a lot of fainting. There, I've told you the plot of every single Haywood novel ever written. Now you have no need to labor through hundreds of pages of fluff to find out for yourself.

Thirdly, I'd like to observe that I'm having difficulty remembering exactly why I decided to be an English minor.

And lastly, I would like to wish you all a good night. Hope you all have a good beginning to the week. Don't do anything too crazy!



  1. You think we're going to click on any of your links after what happened last time? ;)

  2. This link is exactly what I said it was. Else, may I be ostracized forever!

  3. "late at night is not a good time for thinking about anything seriously"

    Uh oh, I'm in trouble. I do a large amount of my reflections on life/getting super nostalgic after 10 pm.

  4. I'm telling you: it's dangerous!

  5. Then when are you supposed to reflect? Reflection time is best spent by yourself, and nighttime is process time. Reflections on life are at their best.
    Onto my main point: What does making life decisions have to do with the Italian Mafia? Is there something you are not telling us Ruth?

  6. I don't know what you're talking about.... Cough cough....

  7. Aha! i finally got smart enuf (w/ Olivia's help, of course)to figure out what your salutation means. Everyone else probably does already, but just in case: 'tvtb' is an expression of love/friendship (in italian, i suppose). It stands for Ti Voglio Tanto Bene (I love you so much). Sorry Ru; your secret is out. ;) p.s. luv the blog