On celestial harmonies and the unbearable perfection of pesto sauce

When you find yourself up at night discussing the meaning of life, again.

Luna Lovecroft

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In Philipp Pullman’s vision of the afterlife, all human souls go to the underworld: a chilly place guarded by mean harpies who see every malicious twist within each soul, love to torture people, and are sensitive to lies. Those mistresses of the underworld have only one weakness: they have no idea of what being alive is like. So if you tell a truthful, honest, felt-through story of your life up here, they will listen to you, wide-eyed, and then they will let you go.

And do you know whose stories these immortal beasts love to listen most? Italian grandmas.

Yep. It’s not the story of a scientist deciphering the age of the universe, of a politician deciding the destiny of entire nations or of a successful entrepreneur that hook them the most: it’s the preparation of pesto sauce.

They want to hear it all, right from the midday when you collect the bunches of basil, warm under the sun and wash the tender leaves feeling how the scent of the plant, subtle at first…

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Luna Lovecroft

Stories from another hemisphere, written under a stripper pen name and in a second language. Because God forbid we make things easier for us.