Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce famously claimed that "all history is contemporary history", implying that all serious study of the past is informed by the problems and needs of an historian's own time. I totally agree with Croce's stance, and I'm convinced that a sharp sense of the present is fundamental to historical research just as much as the knowledge of the past. I enjoy spending time in archives and libraries, but I also find instructive walking a previously-unexplored London neighbourhood, or browsing a good current-affairs magazine: the two sides of this equation are co-essential. A statement like this could hardly find place in a CV, but I think it summarises my approach to academe, and I strongly believe in it.
During the last three years of my Italian education, I was lucky enough to find a part-time job at the national newspaper Il Giorno as correspondent for the North-western outskirts of Milan. It was a very formative experience, one that taught me how to work with hard deadlines and wordcounts, and how to handle people both inside and outside the newsroom. It also brought me an additional title, that of Giornalista Pubblicista (which is obtainable only with more than two years of experience and more than 80 signed articles). Unfortunately, this qualification has no English equivalent - a sensible translation would be "Registered Freelance Journalist" - but I think it works as a concrete sign that my interest for the past is informed by an attentive curiosity for the present.
In this 'extra-section' of my page, I wish to gather some of the articles I bookmark everyday on the Internet, in order to give a sense of the things I am into. Some of them have a link with my work and with historical research at large, some other just don't. My personal interests include: foreign policy, contemporary means of information and communication, contemporary architecture, anything having to with Iceland and Iran, TV Series, football (AC Milan fan), and running. In addition, I have a strange taste for mid-century Scandinavian furniture I can't possibly afford.