Who am I? A difficult yet ubiquitous question.. after all I think that introducing yourself is not the best way to make oneself completely open and known to who is in front of us. It’s an awkward question, we become tongue tied and self-conscious and what we say in such moments can sound forced and affected. Everytime we talk about ourselves or someone talks about us generally past actions are what are referenced, rarely do we or others speak simply about who we really are, our thoughts, beliefs and feelings. The things that really matter.
I can perhaps tell a story about myself, narrate myself this way. Anyone who has met me can make what they will of this little factoid about me, and each story will have a fragment of me, like a mirror that reflects an image of a story every time it is told. I love cats, quiet, measured in their movements and somber.
Here’s another, I love philosophy, but after getting a degree in philosophy I came quickly to the realisation that whilst man does not live of “bread alone” we also do in fact eat, we are what we eat and in order to eat one must well be able to acquire said things.. therefore if I eat nothing, I may very well cease to exist, we can’t let that happen. Thus I enrolled at the University of Verona and decided to do my Ph.D. in Societal Sociological Research. A Ph.D. financed by a EU Fund and the exact title of my thesis is “Communication and the perceived added value of goods from the food and beverage industry. Which are the best mediums of communication to be utilized here in our country to give added value, increase awareness and promote wines? What do we mean by communication? And what about wine? Does it really belong in the food chain in terms of agricultural products? Is it an agricultural product? Why is wine often thought of as a luxury item, something extra that we can possibly do without? And if it is indeed a luxury product how do we best convey that image via the new social media strategies that are available to us? How do we combine or marry wine and strategic, innovative non traditional marketing? A good question.
Eating a meal without the sweetness, the aroma and the enveloping mouth feel and sensual pleasure that can be in a glass of wine appears to my eyes an altogether uncivil thing. Almost savage I dare say. Wine is the perfect marriage of nature and culture, an ancient liquid, inextricably tied to our history, culture and society, symbol of religious identity and/or territory.
Paris, the city of lights, city of freedom and equality, but also city of culture, communication and progress. Light Di-vine symbol of yesteryear and here I am now, and I would like to stay put, here, for a while to learn and communicate.
Like Baudelaire I love cats and wine:
Viens, mon beau chat, sur mon coeur amoureux;
Retiens les griffes de ta patte,
Et laisse-moi plonger dans tes beaux yeux,
Mêlés de métal et d’agate.
Lorsque mes doigts caressent à loisir
Ta tête et ton dos élastique,
Et que ma main s’enivre du plaisir
De palper ton corps électrique,
je vois ma femme en esprit.
Son regard, Comme le tien, aimable bête,
Profond et froid, coupe et fend comme un dard,
Et, des pieds jusques à la tête,
Un air subtil, un dangereux parfum,
Nagent autour de son corps brun.
Le chat— Charles Baudelaire
Aujourd’hui l’espace est splendide!
Sans mors, sans éperons, sans bride,
Partons à cheval sur le vin
Pour un ciel féerique et divin!
Comme deux anges que torture
Une implacable calenture
Dans le bleu cristal du matin
Suivons le mirage lointain!
Mollement balancés sur l’aile
Du tourbillon intelligent,
Dans un délire parallèle,
Ma soeur, côte à côte nageant,
Nous fuirons sans repos ni trêves
Vers le paradis de mes rêves!
Le vin des amants— Charles Baudelaire
See you soon,
Le Vin Parfait