A couple of random thoughts
I am prone to coming up with totally useless ideas, and this one just sort of popped into my head yesterday while I was at work. I've shared it with about a half-dozen people already, but I think it may have gone over the heads of some of them. Perhaps it will be appreciated more in this forum. Anyway, herewith my latest burst of inspiration:
I feel very strongly that Ricky Martin needs to write and perform a song about Dante. It would be written in terza rima, of course, and the song would be titled -- what else? -- "Livin' La Vita Nuova." (I presume that Ricky Martin, of all people, would also figure out a way to dance to it.) Surely it would quickly rise to the top of the pop charts, and I, for one, would eagerly purchase the CD, and probably listen to it for hours, the way I do with Cecilia Bartoli. (I hope Erika sees this, as she herself has, quite literally, been living La Vita Nuova for the past several weeks. And, in the process, presumably living "La Vida Loca" as well!)
A co-worker recently loaned me a book titled A Thousand Days in Venice, written by Marlena de Blasi. The author, an American food critic, married a Venetian, and the book is an account of their life together in Venice, which ended when they decided to move to Tuscany. On page 142 I found this little gem. (The person who loaned me the book later told me that she had thought of me when she read this paragraph).