*This post was first published on May 11, 2020 English has one distinct advantage over Italian. The distinction between an assertive and interrogative is embedded in the construction of the sentence. In writing Italians have to rely on the question mark, and in speaking they have to rely on inflection. Nevertheless the rhetorical is available in … Continue reading THE SCRUM


Because for seventy years Yugoslavia was one country, as government workers, university professors, and so on, Serbs and Croats lived side by side in its capital, Belgrade. So I’m told that, when the war broke out after the death of Tito, many of these people didn’t know what to do with their friendships. It’s not … Continue reading ANIMUS