Rome’s Theater


“….To become a celebrity is to become a brand name. There is Ivory Soap, Rice Krispies, and Philip Roth. Ivory is the soap that floats; Rice Krispies the breakfast cereal that goes snap-crackle-pop; Philip Roth the Jew who masturbates with a piece of liver.”

Esquire, 1981

16 thoughts on “Rome’s Theater

    • Good evening, Barry – said Luana, thanking you for appreciating.

      “Benvenuto Cellini” is an opera in two acts with music by Hector Berlioz and libretto by Léon de Wailly and Henri Auguste Barbier… It was the first of Berlioz’s operas.

      The opera is technically very challenging ( it was a case I was listening this “piece” while registring this blog) and rarely performed, and is not part of the standard operatic repertoire. However, the overture to the opera features in symphony orchestra programs, as well as the concert overture Le carnaval romain that Berlioz composed from material in the opera….

  1. Great post, as usual! Here’s to the familiarity of brands, the genius of Roth and his rich heritage, humour notwithstanding 🙂 and you for reminding us of essential origins!!

    • Hello my dear…mmm..humour you said….?? what about this:
      Sidney says to his friend, “We were so poor when I was young that I had to sleep in the same bed as my three brothers. We slept four-to-a-bed for many years. I didn’t know what it was like to sleep alone until I grew up and married Sadie….

      Oh yes, I’m not an intellectually responsible person tonight..:) Can’t think about Roth right now, or about essential origins…I just think about him..That’s all….

  2. Beautiful post…there is something about the sight of chili peppers that hold excitement, whether seeing them in person or via a well-taken photo. Anticipation. I think you can relate well to anticipation right now as well 🙂

    Roma…the first photo sets the feeling of Roma, beautiful photos and wonderful design. Roma is a dream for many.

    • I never dreamed the sea so deep,
      The earth so dark; so long my sleep,
      I have become another child.
      I wake to see the world go wild….

      I never saw Rome the way I do now….Everything was so different. Yes, you perfectly know what I mean.
      Rome is my reality.

  3. I love those peppers! I watched Il Postino today finally as a birthday treat. What a wonderful movie. I fell in love with Neruda by the end of the movie. I had to write a poem. Italy is so beautiful, it hurts!

      • I loved Mario, too, he was so pure and shining. It was a sad ending. Yet, so joyful. Somewhere you knew he was watching over his wife and son, and he saw Neruda come back, saw his grief and was content.

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