Stupendo! Meraviglioso! Spettacolare! Stunning synchronized motorcycling! Rome Police Hold Anniversary-1953
"But Freud had a second fear: a fear of Rome's layers. In formal treatises, he compared the psyche to an ancient city, with many layers of architecture built one on top of another, each replacing the last, but with the old structures still present underneath. In private writings he phrased this more personally, that he was terrified of ever visiting Rome because he was terrified of the idea of all the layers and layers and layers of destroyed structures hidden under the surface, at the same time present and absent, visible and invisible. He was, in a very deep way, absolutely right
." [more inside]
The Torre Argentina Roman Cat Sanctuary
has been taking care of the multitude of felines that haunt the Largo Argentina archeological site
in Rome since 1995. Their website has a page about its history, videos of their cats, and all the things you find on cat shelter websites. But they also have a blog dedicated to their fight with local authorities. Italian archeological administrators have demanded that the feline sanctuary be evicted [NYT]
from the location of Julius Caesar's assassination, but the cat shelter is fighting back
. In the blog of the New York Review of Books, the almost certainly pseudonymous Massimo Gatto points out that the archeological site is a hodgepodge of actual ruins and bad reconstructions dating back to the Fascist era
Talking Heads, Live in Rome, 1980 The Talking Heads concert film you haven't seen:
the show that would eventually be recorded in the (awesome) concert film Stop Making Sense
3 years later, recorded while it was still a bit weird and uncertain. And therefore, wonderful. [more inside]
The Calendario Romano
, aka "the most typical souvenir from Rome," is looking for a few good men: "single clergymen and seminaristi" who wish to be featured
are welcome to contact the being followed author of the Calendar to deliveries. Inevitable video tribute! [more inside]
Kerouac as an 11 year old?
Many of us have ran away from home
. Most make it to the first street corner
before coming back home. Liam Corcoran of Manchester made it all the way to Rome. He managed to board a plane without a passport or boarding pass.
City of the Wildcats 1 2
A documentary about the urban kitties of Rome narrated by Sir David Attenborough
Imago Urbis: Giuseppe Vasi’s Grand Tour of Rome
is a rich and innovative geographic database that projects Vasi's 18th century engravings of Roman architecture onto the contemporary map of Giambattista Nolli [previously]
with supplementary modern satellite, photographic and mapping overlays together with copious background detail. The work was undertaken by researchers at the University of Oregon
Woman Pregnant Twice.
An Italian woman is due to give birth in a hospital in Rome this week to a baby girl - before returning three months later to have triplets. If both deliveries are successful, it is thought that this will be the first such case in history.