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(Literary and Illiterary Links)

Here below you will find a good selection of links, both literary and general purpose. For the most part these are sites that I visit on a regular basis either for my research and work or for sheer entertainment (e.g., monty python) and that I think may be of some use to you too. Enjoy (and be merry)!

N.B. This page is presently being reorganized from start to finish, so you may find that some of the links you were accustomed to are not actually present, but don't worry, they'll be back soon, better and improved!

My favourites (in no particular oder)
Art, Humor et similia
Writing Resources (in Italian)

Get active now! - There are several sites in the world wide web devoted solely to the issue of pease and stopping war in Iraq. Most of them are hierarchically or circularly connected, so wherever you start from you're bound to end up elsewhere (how deep, hein?). One such site is peace-action.org, where you can stop and get involved or move on to other affiliate sites/networks.

My favorites (only in alpha order, no preference order)

Web creativity is truly ageless, and this project stands to prove it. Join!

The euro sign in HTML (and in some other contexts)
Get Euro-ed!  The ever reliable Jukka Korpela has a bunch of terrific information for the correct use of < € > sign in HTML and plenty of warnings against incorrect use. Links to official documents.

A very nice, informative, link-rich site for all cat-lovers. Styn talks to all of us about his friends, his problems, his topic issues (health, entertainment, food, affections...) and sometimes promotes adoption of some of his tinier homeless friends. Check it out!

Copyright issues
A pageful of links on copyright issues, collected and edited by Kay Vandergrift.

DeCSS Now!

Pigdog Journal DeCSS Distribution Center provides several little utility programs, among which there's one that my turn out ot be essential for those who would like to buy DVD abroad (say, France). Actually, what DeCSS does is break the algorythm present in any DVD so as to prevent its viewing (why?, you may ask. simply, to allow producers differentiating market pricing according to country by making it impossible for an Italian to view an American DVD, or a Frenchman an Italian, etc.). The entire Hollywood industry has risen against the distribution of DeCSS and its author with lawsuits after lawsuits with the blatant pretext that it violates copyrights, when in reality it simply bothers its pricing trusts. They are pursuing even people who put links to the download site, so the best defense we have is to spread it as much as possible and multiply links to it. If you too want to join this chain of links, all you have to do is visit this site and copy'n'paste the button code, or simply copy it from this page (opera: right click > frame > view source; i.e.: right click > view source).
new! According to a recent sentence (see wired.com), pronounced by a federal court judge in New York, linking to any site where DeCSS resides is against the law. For more details, see the news directly from the "incriminated" 2600.com site. Incidentally, the ruling would prevent LiViD (Linux Video and DVD Project) from working on the Linux DVD player... Federal Judge said that, given the considerable financial losses that Hollywood would suffer from the distribution and use of DeCSS, it was OK to waive First Amendment rights. Simply apalling.

Fairy Tales: Origins and Evolution (cached)
Christine Daaé's site. Simple, essential, rich and entirely devoted to fairy tales and their origins (oral and literary). Particularly interesting its bibliography section (divided into "essentials" and "new tales"). (If you have news to report, please do let me know, thx.)

Digital Library: Electronic Texts and Primary Sources
"A librarian's choice of the best of the Web" they say and they are right.

Genoa's Fortifications
Entirely devoted to Genoese ancient fortifications; Stefano Finauri, its creator and editor, is still working on the English version of this site. Exhaustive, illustrated, spellbinding, particularly for Zena's lovers, who may also want to visit the old postcards' site, also created by Stefano, a good excuse for showing some "then and now" comparisons, always fascinating. Of course, if you're really into getting to know Genoa, from Stefano's sites you may find a lot of relevant links; otherwise, you may want to visit directly Genoa's Official Site, or Palazzo Ducale, which also leads you to other sites... ab infinitum. In case you have just moved into Genoa and are still looking for practical information, then you should look into Lexopat (a.k.a. Patrizio).

My one and only search engine: fast, reliable, efficient. If you like, you can do your search right now by inserting your keywords in the search box at the bottom of this page.

Hôtel Mignon (franšais)
What's a cute little french hotel doing here? It's a discovery I've made just last year, during my second trip to Provence. It's cute, tiny but with all comforts, central (just behind the Palace of the Popes), and cheap; to top it all, its foyer has a neat small collection of books you can borrow. All this is run by a very friendly and courteous couple who will try to please you in any possible ways. In sum, a comfortable niche to raise one's spirits while brooding on the next historical novel :-)).

Namir (italiano)
The (joint) library Webzine from Rome. Interviews and articles on events and cultural news; each monthly (well, more or less) issue features a humongous pageful of readers' comments raised by national and international news (the most recent is, of course, the present war in Afghanistan and international terrorism). Simple, raw, provocative. While you're at it, don't miss the official City of Rome site.

New York Times
A newspaper that doesn't need any introductions. Extremely rich and articulated site, most informative and decently interactive. I mostly recommend visiting the movie and book sections (high quality reviews).

Opera 6
The lightest and fastest browser in web, now in its definitive version 6, promises new features and options, as well as greater flexibility with any OS. Its exponentially increasing popularity is seriously putting a dent into the IE empire (helped too by the fact that IE6 has a lousy support for CSS). Furthermore, it's free! [ btw, this site has been tested with O 6 ]

Professione Cittadino (italiano)
If you're planning to visit Bologna in the near future and want to get the drift of what's the city's mood, just check this out. Of course, good reading knowledge of italian is a must! :-)

Everything you've always wanted to know about sex (etc. etc.) now you can easily read it from your screen, comparing your own experience with that of others, however strange, grotesque, or even dangerous. Excellent section devoted to bdsm (linking as well to submission.net), filled with explanations, good advice, personal experiences, and links to other relevant sites.

One of the richest and most interesting sites on fairy tales, as Heidi Anne Heiner has collected a complete set of related material around each of the most famous tale-types (Puss in Boots, Bluebeard, Cindarella, etc.) comprising its history, similar stories, annotated versions, illustrations, and of course books books books. It's a most lovely and informative site.

Of course this is one link that couldn't be avoided, being the host site of ovocity (writing incubator), ambitious mailing list for writers wannabes and experienced readers, where vivacious exchanges on language and grammer alternate with more or less serious but urbane discussions on issues. To subscribe, write to Ovocity-subscribe@topica.com (italiano). Of course, it is strictly in Italian!

"We owe a lot to Jack and the boys here @ TNJ, and so we're dedicating this little section of cyberspace to an ongoing examination of The Beats and their influences. We'll be featuring reviews, essays, opinions, & discussions on the books, 'zines, recordings & websites on, by or about Kerouac and his co-horts." Rich, stimulating, involving.

Voice of the Shuttle
I just had to include it above all because I'm a Rococo/XVIII Century amateur scholar, and as such I can vouch for it as being the best, by a long shot, of all online sources of information and material on that period. Created by the Humanities Dept. at U.C. at Santa Barbara.

Tutorials and tips for webdesign and backend. Always updated, thorough, friendly and easy to follow. My tip: save or print these tutorials for later without bothering to read online (and print is nicer to your eyes). If you want to see some intelligent use of dhtml (with tutorials and free scripts), you have to visit Dynamic HTML Central (one of the bratta.com sites). A good Italian equivalent could be html.it (italiano) (tutorials, tips, scripts, downloads, and web tools for webmasters).

This is just a must for all those who would like to undertake the crazy idea of founding a new e-zine. What you will find here is a whole bunch of relevant information, resources, personal stories, lots of advice (take it!). Also useful for those who are simply looking for unusual and interesting but wouldn't know where to begin with.

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