Small pieces

What am I

If not a small piece of humanity

A breath

A smile

A drop

A tear

What am I

If not a bird

Who flies in the open sky

And sings to the trees

What am I

If not a working ant,

A free horse

Or a sleeping cat

What am I

If not part of this beautiful

Dark

World

-Stefania

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Recensione ”Il domatore di leoni”

Titolo: “Il domatore di leoni”;

Autrice: Camilla Läckberg;

Genere: Fiction, thriller, mistero;

Voto: 7/10.

Una serie di omicidi, una ragazza gravemente mutilata e una scuderia. Cosa si nasconde dietro i box dei cavalli? Cosa si nasconde nella piccola città svedese di Fjällbacka immersa nella neve? Un mistero che sembra irrisolvibile attrae il lettore e lo lascia con il fiato sospeso. Chi è il colpevole? La lista sembra immensa e nessuno riesce a venirne a capo. Riusciranno veramente a capire l’autore degli omicidi?

Devo essere onesta, all’inizio non mi attraeva molto. Pensavo fosse il solito libro giallo, cercavo qualcosa di nuovo e non ne ero contenta. Per fortuna, questo libro si è rivelato al di sopra delle mie aspettative. All’inizio lo leggevo con lentezza, senza particolare interesse, ma la fine è stata veramente inaspettata. Avevo dato per scontato il nome del criminale ,invece, ero caduta nella trappola dell’autrice. Una cosa che ho notato, leggendo i libri svedesi, è che, quasi sempre, si parla di crimini legati al sessismo e all’idea della donna in sé. Le donne vengono visti come esseri inferiori, esseri da deumanizzare e denigrare. Gli uomini fanno di tutto per rimarcare il loro dominio, arrivando persino a gesti violenti e fatali. Sono a conoscenza dei dati inerenti alle violenze domestiche e degli stupri nel Nord Europa, ma sono anche a conoscenza del grande sviluppo sociale degli stessi stati. Vorrei capire perché questo argomento viene sempre usato e riusato. Che sia una sorta di denuncia sociale? O un semplice espediente letterario? Se amate i gialli e la lunga suspense, vi consiglio di leggere questo libro (soprattutto con la pioggia in sottofondo, che crea l’atmosfera adatta).

Stefania

Movies for INFPs

When it came to movie genres these are probably the INFP favorites:

1 – Science Fiction/Fantasy

2 – Drama (I love it!)

3 – Comedy

4 – Horror

5 – Art/House

I suggest you to watch these movies!

Here we go.

Fight club (1999)

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

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Amelie (2001)

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

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Loving Vincent (2017)

In the summer of 1891 in France, nearly twelve months after the master painter Vincent van Gogh’s mysterious death, Armand Roulin, the local postman’s young son, is reluctantly tasked with delivering one of the artist’s final letters to his brother, Theo, in Paris. However, when Armand discovers that Theo, too, met his own demise, he embarks on a mission to investigate Vincent’s untimely death, starting off from scenic Auvers-sur-Oise. Has Van Gogh committed suicide or was he murdered? As Armand’s search for evidence continues, there’s more to this enigma than meets the eye.

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Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it’s a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love?

(I watched this movie four times)

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Star Wars (1977-2018)

(500) Days of summer (2009)

After it looks as if she’s left his life for good this time, Tom Hansen reflects back on the just over one year that he knew Summer Finn. For Tom, it was love at first sight when she walked into the greeting card company where he worked, she the new administrative assistant. Soon, Tom knew that Summer was the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Although Summer did not believe in relationships or boyfriends – in her assertion, real life will always ultimately get in the way – Tom and Summer became more than just friends. Through the trials and tribulations of Tom and Summer’s so-called relationship, Tom could always count on the advice of his two best friends, McKenzie and Paul. However, it is Tom’s adolescent sister, Rachel, who is his voice of reason. After all is said and done, Tom is the one who ultimately has to make the choice to listen or not.

Source: IMDb

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In a castle high on top of a hill lives an inventor’s greatest creation – Edward, a near-complete person. The creator died before he could finish Edward’s hands; instead, he is left with metal scissors for hands. Since then, he has lived alone, until a kind lady called Peg discovers him and welcomes him into her home. At first, everyone welcomes him into the community, but soon things begin to take a change for the worse.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

After Barbara and Adam Maitland die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes and teen daughter Lydia buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

Source: IMDb

Hugo Cabret (2011)

Hugo is an orphan boy living in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. He learned to fix clocks and other gadgets from his father and uncle which he puts to use keeping the train station clocks running. The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn’t work without a special key. Hugo needs to find the key to unlock the secret he believes it contains. On his adventures, he meets George Melies, a shopkeeper, who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Hugo finds that they have a surprising connection to his father and the automaton, and he discovers it unlocks some memories the old man has buried inside regarding his past.

Source: IMDb

The Hours (2002)

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can’t stop reading the novel ‘Mrs. Dalloway’. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who’s writing the novel mentioned before.

Source: IMDb

The greatest showman (2017)

Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor will manage to open a wax museum but will soon shift focus to the unique and peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Some will call Barnum’s wide collection of oddities, a freak show; however, when the obsessed showman gambles everything on the opera singer Jenny Lind to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will somehow lose sight of the most important aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum risk it all to be accepted?

Source: IMDBb

Call me by your name (2017)

In early-1980s northern Italy, amid the lush Mediterranean landscapes of a serene and golden summer, 17-year-old, Elio, visits the family’s summer villa to spend his vacation with his father and Greco-Roman culture professor, Mr Perlman, his translator mother, Annella, and the American doctoral student who works there as an intern, Oliver. But, little by little, over the course of six fleeting weeks, a timid friendship between Elio and Oliver will prepare the ground for an unexpected bond, as the unexplored emotions of first love start boiling over. Could this sun-kissed romance in Lombardy be the prelude to maturity?

Source: IMDb

Enjoy!

-Stefania

Wandering misty thoughts on friendship and doubt

I think we are really similar. I completely relate to what you say and hey, I’m attracted to graveyards and ghosts too (since I was a child).

the silent wave

Do you see me? I’m hard to spot, in too large a crowd, which is loosely defined as anything above about six people. Scan too fast and you’ll miss me.

Here, I’ll help. Go deep. Almost…there. Yep, the one trying not to be noticed. The one in ordinary jeans, legs climbed too often by little furry balls with beautiful eyes and sharp claws. The one in the long-sleeved shirt with the tiny melted chocolate spots. The one with unkempt hair, who gave up trying to impress long ago because there is a such thing as the wrong kind of attention. The one blending in but still discernible by a seasoned eye who knows what to look for. The telltale signs I can’t suppress and have let go of attempting to.

We could be friends, once trust overrides suspicion. You might even like me. Then again, you might not. I’m blunt…

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Books for INFPs

This is a list of the books I loved and they’re highly recommended! Especially for INFPs, you can find some characters you can relate to.

The first book is “The perks of being a wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Summary. Fifteen-year-old Charlie is coping with the suicide of his friend, Michael. To lessen the fear and anxiety of starting high school alone, Charlie starts writing letters to a stranger, someone he heard was nice but has never met in person.

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“The catcher in the rye” by J.D. Salinger.

Holden Caufield is this 16-year-old kid who flunks out of school, right before Christmas vacation. He is not a good student and has a lot of problems at other schools. He leaves school early and goes to New York City. So then he’s in NYC, and spends time with a bunch of different people. Then he goes back home and sneaks into his house to see his younger sister, Phoebe. She’s mad because he failed out of school. Then Holden has a nervous breakdown and seeks help with his family. It’s up for debate where he winds up – it’s suggested that he tells the story from a hospital in Hollywood.

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“Norwegian wood” by Haruki Murakami.

A 37-year-old Toru Watanabe has just arrived in Hamburg, Germany. When he hears an orchestral cover of the Beatles’ song “Norwegian Wood”, he is suddenly overwhelmed by feelings of loss and nostalgia. He thinks back to the 1960s, when so much happened that touched his life.

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“Sputnik sweetheart” by Haruki Murakami.

Sumire is an aspiring writer who survives on a family stipend and the creative input of her only friend, the novel’s male narrator and protagonist, known in the text only as ‘K’. K is an elementary school teacher, 25 years old, and in love with Sumire, though she does not quite share his feelings. At a wedding, Sumire meets an ethnic Korean woman, Miu, who is 17 years her senior. The two strike up a conversation, and Sumire finds herself attracted to the older woman. This is the first time she has ever been sexually drawn to anybody.

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Giacomo Leopardi’s writings.

He’s an italian writer lived in 1800. Though his poetry is definitely better in italian, do yourself a favour. Read his poems, they’re just astonishing.

“A room of one’s own” by Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf, giving a lecture on women and fiction, tells her audience she is not sure if the topic should be what women are like; the fiction women write; the fiction written about women; or a combination of the three. Instead, she has come up with “one minor point–a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” She says she will use a fictional narrator whom she calls Mary Beton as her alter ego to relate how her thoughts on the lecture mingled with her daily life.

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“1984” by George Orwell.

In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia.

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Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury.

Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of the protagonist, Guy Montag. At first, Montag takes pleasure in his profession as a fireman, burning illegally owned books and the homes of their owners.

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“Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius.

Here you can find out more about Marcus Aurelius and his book.

I also made a list on Goodreads! Feel free to suggest new titles.

Stefania

Recensione “La verità sul caso Harry Quebert”

Titolo: “La verità sul caso Harry Quebert”;

Autore: Joël Dicker;

Genere: romanzo, thriller;

Voto: 7.5/10

Citazione preferita

Marcus Goldman, scrittore alle prime armi che conquista le librerie dello Stato con il suo nuovo libro, deve fare i conti con il blocco dello scrittore. Barnaski, il capo della casa editrice, mette molta pressione su di lui affinché il suo nuovo libro venga pubblicato entro l’inizio dell’autunno. Disperato, chiama Harry Quebert, uno degli scrittori più amati in America e lo raggiunge ad Aurora, una piccola cittadina del New Hampshire che si affaccia sul mare. Da quel momento in poi, per Marcus si apre un periodo di misteri e tracce da seguire.

Ho un’opinione contrastante su questo libro. Ho apprezzato molto la parte in cui viene mostrato il processo della scrittura e come sua veramente difficile scrivere un libro. Tutti si illudono sul mestiere dello scrittore, compresa me. Pensino sia facile prendere la penna e portare alla vita un bestseller mondiale. Come dice Quebert :”Scrivere romanzi non è una cosa da niente: tutti sanno scrivere, ma non tutti sono scrittori”.

Per scrivere un libro ci vuole quella sorta di magia che lo rende unico e appassionante, non si tratta di una semplice accozzaglia di parole che si alterna tra scene sdolcinate e tradimenti. Questa è proprio la difficoltà dell’autore, mostro arduo da abbattere.

La cosa che mi è piaciuta di meno è stata la lentezza con cui ha risolto il caso. Sicuramente è stata una scelta dell’autore ma la lettura è stata una sofferenza. Dopo 400 pagine, non desideravo altro che finirlo al più presto possibile per togliere la polvere dagli altri libri che giacevano sul comodino. Per fortuna, il colpo di scena ha ravvivato il mio interesse ma non lo definirei uno dei libri migliori in circolazione.

-Stefania

A simple playlist

When I struggle, I find these songs extremely helpful and relieving. Even though some of them sounds melancholic, they definitely make me feel better.

“When you’ve been fighting for it all your life

You’ve been struggling to make things right

That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power”

-The Script

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Where is my mind- Pixies.

Do you remember this song from the movie “Fight Club”?

“With your feet in the air and your head on the ground

Try this trick and spin it, yeah

Your head will collapse

If there’s nothing in it

And you’ll ask yourself

Where is my mind”

-Pixies

I think it describes perfectly the moment when we get lost in our thoughts and everything is just..too much.

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I was just a kid- Nothing but Thieves.

“I was in a dream

I was in heaven

I saw a god

I had a question

Opened my eyes

Fell out the sky

Tried to remember

But there was nothing

Then you gave me something

Something to believe in

Yeah you gave me something

Something to believe in”

-Nothing but thieves

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Oucast-NF

“I’m high off the music, my head’s in the clouds

I kinda like it up here, I am not comin’ down

I’d rather be alone, I am not good in crowds

Which is kinda confusin’, I’ve not been that way since I was a child

They laughin’, they tell me I’ll never get out

I’m just tryna be me, I am nobody else

I don’t care what you think, I’m just bein’ myself

So I guess for now

I’ll just be the outcast”

-NF

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Creep-Radiohead

“But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.

What the hell am I doing here?

I don’t belong here.”

-Radiohead

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Waves- Dean Lewis.

“I’ve watched my wild youth

Disappear in front of my eyes

Moments of magic and wonder

It seems so hard to find

Is it ever comin’ back again?”

-Dean Lewis

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Why-NF

“But my emotions make me feel like I am someone else

Me and pride had made a pact that we don’t need no help

Which feels like I’m at war inside myself but I forgot the shells”

-NF

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Sappy- Nirvana

“He’ll give you breathing holes

And you’ll think you’re happy

He’ll cover you with grass

And you’ll think you’re happy now”

-Nirvana

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Addict with a pen- Twenty one pilots.

“In fact,

I’m only at it again

As an addict with a pen

Who’s addicted to the wind

As it blows me back and forth

Mindless, spineless, and pretend

Of course I’ll be here again

See you tomorrow

But it’s the end of today

End of my ways

As a walking denial

My trial was filed as a crazy

Suicidal head case

But you specialize in dying

You hear me screaming, “Father,”

And I’m lying here just crying

So wash me with your water”

-Twenty one pilots

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Feel free to suggest other songs!

-Stefania