One of the most unexpected pleasures of our time in Rome has been the realization that our landlord shares our taste in books! Recently, Ashlinn discovered his collection of Calvin and Hobbes comic books in Italian, which have been an extremely fun way to study the language!
Upon looking up the creator of the comic, Bill Watterson, I was surprised to learn that he voluntarily ended Calvin and Hobbes in 1995 and has led a very quiet life since then. He consistently refused any and all efforts to merchandise the famous duo– a stance which certainly cost him millions of dollars. I’m sure we’d be on our third Calvin & Hobbes animated tv show reboot by now if he hadn’t!
The reason, he said, was to ensure that his art stood by and for itself, and that he never wanted it to be compromised by greed. In a world in which we’re constantly being asked to sell our values for cash, he stands apart as an example of true integrity.
Check out his commencement address to Kenyon College in 1990, “SOME THOUGHTS ON THE REAL WORLD BY ONE WHO GLIMPSED IT AND FLED.”
I found it thought provoking and inspiring. Hopefully you will, too!
Along the line of revisiting fond childhood favorites, this week I’m grateful that Ashlinn has recently shared one of her favorite authors with me– Terry Pratchett. Well, she’s certainly talked about him before, but only recently did I decide to read one of his famous Discworld novels, Mort.
What a delight! I now understand why she revisits his work perennially. Like Watterson, Pratchett has a way of writing with sincerity, clarity, and humor to peel back difficult issues and expose the tender profundity underlying it all.
Terry Pratchett passed far too soon at sixty six in 2015. Fortunately, he left a legacy of warm, hilarious, touching, and compelling books to keep us all company– Ashlinn also recommends Guards! Guards! as another great entry to his work.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s almost time to say, “Arrivederci, Roma!” and then, “Salve, Torino!”
That’s right– we are already at the end of our time here in Rome and anticipating our new home in Turin. My next newsletter will surely be filled with all kinds of exciting revelations about this next amazing Italian city, but for now I cannot emphasize enough how incredible the city of Rome is, and how excited we are to be able to keep moving!
This move will be a touch more complicated, though– as we now have a Demvox isolation booth in tow! This means we’ll be loading everything into a van instead of hopping on a plane this time around, but I’m so excited to know that I’ll be able to keep providing identical high-quality sound for all of my dear clients!