The Least Worst of Them All – Italian Politics

I’m so tired. This electoral campaign is killing me.

Here in Italy there is such a toxic and poisonous environment: these elections are fucking disgusting.

Long story short: all the candidates are terrible.

Fascists, fascists, more fascists, idiots, ignorant idiots, annoying people and a disgraced former prime minister with tax evasion convictions, accusations of having had sex with a 17-year-old and the “elegant dinner parties” in which he had strippers, prostitutes and so much more.

Yes, I’m talking about Silvio Berlusconi. We all thought he had retired, he had recused himself to private life, walking his stupid dog and feeding lambs. (Just google the lamb thing. *epic eye roll* ).

I’m so fed up with this revolting climate.

We have far-right movements that want migrants out of the country, hate the LGBTQ+ community, hate the European Union, hate “the system” (whatever that is). They made deplorable comments about our speaker of the house, Laura Boldrini who has received rape and death threats because she is a woman in power.

I’m talking about Matteo Salvini, fascist in chef of the “Lega” party. A truly horrid human being.

And yet, there was a stand in the middle on the Piazza of my city, encouraging people to vote for them. We are in a very Pro-Lega zone and some comments I’ve heard have been truly horrific.

Then there is the “5 star movement”: a group of entitled, arrogant and dodgy individuals whose policy is currently unclear. They are new to politics and their unpreparedness is the cause of the many scandals they have been a part of and irresponsible decisions they have made. You can consider them “centrists”?

Here is a cartoon of all the coalitions and political parties:
From L to R: The Right / The Left / The 5 Stars Movement / … and some other people?

Then, last but not least, we have the left.

As a very liberal person, I’ve been trying to find a candidate that I could embrace.

But there is a pretty big problem: there are too many parties inside the left. They decided to split into tiny tiny sections, instead of uniting and fighting against the Right.

People aren’t very comfortable talking about their vote: I am.

I’m voting left. I’m voting for the Democratic Party.

Because I like them? No. I don’t. I agree with some of the things they are talking about and promising to us. But I don’t particularly like Matteo Renzi, the supposed leader of the PD (Democratic Party) and man who will inevitably be chosen by the President of the Republic to form the government.

After reading this you’ll probably think: “Why are you voting for someone you don’t really like?”

The answer is simply. I’m doing what American Voters should have done in 2016.


We have to ensure that the Right won’t win. Sadly, casting your vote for a small leftist party would spread the numbers and therefore, nobody would stand a chance to win against the other aisle.

Italian politics are ugly. We are known for our cases of ignorance, corruption and racism.

And for this, I also blame myself.

I didn’t get invested. I didn’t do anything to support what I believe. Mainly because, I don’t see represented in a candidate what I stand for.

There are no campaigns, no ways in which young people can get involved. I also never spoke about it on social media. (Maybe for the better, since you can’t change people’s mind via Facebook and what you get into are just arguments and fights).

I wish I had the opportunity of doing something more, I wish there was a united left I whose beliefs I could relate to.

What I’m saying is: Please vote left. Please don’t let Salvini and Berlusconi’s coalition become the next government.

We are already so so so behind on everything. We can’t move backwards.

And now, I’m leaving you with Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’s newest desk piece about our upcoming elections.

He will explain everything so much better than I ever could.



And for more fun: here is a ridiculous poster made my Italians to explain to English-speaking people what our parties (and candidates) stand for:

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January Pilots – Part 2

This was supposed to be a single post, but then I realised I watched so many pilots!

I love pilots. They have to capture the audience’s attention and get us interested in watching the following episodes. It’s so confusing: you don’t know the characters, you don’t understand what’s going on and you’re trying to figure out if the show it’s actually good or just garbage.

So here are my first impressions!

The Good Place


I don’t understand why it took me so long to start warching this show. It’s produced and created by Michael Schur. A television GOD! You might have heard of some of his projects: The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine Nine… COMEDY PERFECTION!

The Good Place is about a woman (Kristen Bell) who finds herself in the afterlife and tries to figure out what it means to be good.

It’s such an interesting concept! Kristen Bell’s character Eleonor arrives at the Good Place, a perfect town overseen by its architect Michael. She meets her neighbours, her supposed soul-mate and Janice, the Good Place’s personal assistant.

It’s so peculiar, weird, funny, magical and more.

I already love it! Micheal Schur, you did it again, you amazing genius.

The Good Place season 2 finale airs Feb 1st at 8:30/7:30c on NBC

The Resident


I’ve watched quite a lot of medical dramas in the past and I enjoy them. So when I saw that the great Emily Vancamp was starring in a new show, I knew that I had to watch it.

Starring Matt Czuchry as the arrogant bad boy Doctor, Manish Dayal as his new and ambitious Devin Pravesh and Emily Vancamp as Nic the Nurse.

It’s about ethic, hospital rivalry and it gives an insight on the ugly and manipulative side of the health care system.

I was expecting something more. They sidelined Emily Vancamp as a background character and love interest, the driven and skilled minority doctor (the Cristina Yang of the situation), the old doctor that doesn’t want to retire (Dr. Webber in season 6) and the careless, arrogant, fearless jeans-wearing doctor (TC from NBC’s The Night Shift).

Something that drove crazy while watching “The Resident”, was seeing Matt Czuchry’s Dr. Hawkings displaying Jess Mariano’s characteristics: Logan Huntzberger with Jess’s personality? It confused the hell out of me. It totally messed with me. I still have to wrap my mind around it.

I like it. I’ll probably keep watching.

The Resident airs on Mondays at 9/8c on FOX

Let me know your opinions on these shows! I’d love to discuss!



2017 Reading Wrap-up and 2018 Reading Goals

Sooooo… it’s 2018! Personally, I don’t care whether it’s 2017 or 2018. It’s still the same. No difference whatsoever. The only exception is that my goodreads reading challenge has started again.

I’m here to do my reading wrap-up for 2017 and share some of the reading goals I want to achieve this year.

At the beginning of 2017 I set my challenge at 30 books and by June I had already accomplished it! So I set it again for 50 and I managed to read 55!

I’m quite happy about that and Booktube has motivated me so much to read and talk more about literature.

Here you can see all the stats for my 2017 reading challenge!

The second part of the year was amazing! I read some of my favourite books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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I read 3 autobiographies, 5 Shakespeare plays, 2 Stephen King’s HUGE novels, 3 Harry Potter books, 3 collections of poetry, 1 Canadian, 1 russian, 1 american, 1 german and 6 british literature Classics, 3 books about US politics, 2 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie essays and a ton of contemporary literature.

Frankly I’m quite impressed. Forgive me for being a bit smug but I am proud of my list.

There are still books I wasted my time on, books I read just because I had them on my digital shelf and some books I’ve read two times because of university!

For my 2018 goals, I want to read something that has meaning. Not just the first book whose cover I fancy.

For the first part of the year, I didn’t have goals or interests. I just wanted to get back into reading. But from June to December, I read books I was genuinely interested in. I’ll try to keep that up in 2018 and DNF those books I don’t like. (and yet the first book I finished in 2018 was a horrendous, stupid and idiotic chick-lit I will be removing from my memory).

Aside from that, in 2018 I’d like to read more feminist related books: essays, poetry, collections of short stories and more.

I’d like to read more books about US politics (I have my eyes on a newly released book about collusion with the russians and I’m trying to get my mom to buy it for me).

Something else I’d like to read are books with strong female protagonist, books about mental health, about racism and sexism and about characters that are different from me.

To be specific, there are a 5 books I’m looking forward to:

Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Living History

Luke Harding, “Collusion. How Russia Helped Trump Win The Election.”

All of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s publications

Ian McEwan, “Atonement

Julia Baird, “Victoria: The Queen: An Intimated Biography of the Woman who Ruled an Empire”

Let me know what books you’ve loved this year and if you have any recommendation!