Alternative cover for “Teoria della classe disagiata”

An alternative cover for “Teoria della classe disagiata” by Raffaele Alberto Ventura (which I guess can be translated as “Theory of the uneasiness of the middle class”, although the original title is a pun). A really thought-provocative essay describing the decline young middle class, especially from southern Europe. The book goes a long way to try to explain the causes why our generation is facing a worse socioeconomic perspective than the one of our parents, even though it does so via a really broad view on capitalism and economy, which is hard to prove or confute. Despite its limits the book really succeeds in describing the “gambling” mechanism by which the middle class acquires “positional goods” in order to have a better chance of climbing the crowded social ladder, despite the economic crisis has effectively transformed this process into something more similar to a lottery. I would love to see it translated in other languages so that this very original point of view finally gets discussed in the perspective of the future of the European union and hoping to inspire new forms of class solidarity.

The original cover

Drawings – Cambridge (3)

It seems the best moment to make fun of the royal family now that the queen is in Italy; last week there was a story in a local newspaper about prince William eating in an Italian restaurant while attending a course on agricultural management. The article kindly told us that the prince had a salad and then penne boscaiola (which is odd: salad should have come as the second dish!). Apparently he enjoyed the meal so much that he cleaned the plate.

"Crapa pelata la fa i tortelli" (cit.)

Drawings – Poland

Being a scientist is an exciting job: you get a certain degree of intellectual freedom, you meet a lot of smart and intelligent guys and you also get to travel a lot (until the funds run out, off course). The downside is that usually you are travelling on your own and its easy to feel a bit lonely. So far I’ve been coping with this situation carrying my camera with me (here, here, here and here for some photographs I’ve taken during conferences). Lately I’ve started to do some notebook drawings, largely inspired by the amazing work of Guy Delisle, who started his graphic novelist carrer drawing a diary of his business trips to asia: his naive yet deep look at North Korea has become a modern classic in citizien journalism.

I certainly don’t want to emulate Delisle, but just want to share some experiences during these lonely journeys; hope you enjoy it.

The first drawings were made during a trip to Gdansk, in Poland, where I was visiting the lab of Prof. Lojkowska. It has been a really interesting trip!

Flughafen airport - Munich While I'm entering the plane to Gdansk, an Air Israel plane lands, escorted by a police tank (like the batmobile from Nolan's movies). A paranoid residue from the '72 terrorists attacks?

Arrived at the biotechnology department, I ask at the doorlady where I could have find the professor. I must have made a mistake in pronunciating her name, since she takes out a magnifing glass and starts scanning very slowly an infinite list...