Chiara Franchi
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Chiara Franchi

Cuddling kittens and worshipping the Dark Lord on the foggy side of Italy.

BizarreCvltureHistory

The find of the skeleton of a “vampire child” in Umbria, in Central Italy, by archaeologists from the University of Arizona and Stanford University, made headlines in the past weeks. Most of the publicity around this discovery surely comes from the dark aura it spreads, but to an historian’s eyes

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“Kάθαρσις”(read: Katharsis). In the atavistic Greece, katharsis found its place in magical rites, performed to clear the body from all corruptions, illness and contaminations. Later on, philosopher Pythagoras spread a more mystic way to conceive catharsis, which turned to be intended as a spiritual purification from passions and irrationality. Following

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CvltureHistory

We ended part I of our horror dental story hinting at the flourishing business of human teeth between centuries XVIII and XIX. As people were growing more and more attentive towards the health and look of their smile, the request of prosthetics that didn’t look like prosthetics at all (and

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BizarreCvltureHistory

Besides writing on a couple of underground magazines, I am a high school teacher. More precisely, I teach Philosophy and History. And if making teenagers fall in love with the first is child’s play, the latter is always a really tough pill to sugar. Therefore, I borrowed from my middle

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Avant GardeIndustrialInterviewsMusicPsychSludge

If you know about chiptune already, the fact that people have been composing and playing music with Game Boys in the past 15-20 years will sound like no news for you. In case you’ve never heard this word before, note that we’re not talking about 8 bit videogames nerds: we’re

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ArtCvltureHistoryMusicNoise

“After a decade of aesthetic outrages, four sides of what sounds like the tubular groaning of a galactic refrigerator just aren’t going to inflame the bourgeoisie (whoever they are) or repel his fans (since they’ll just shrug and wait for the next collection).” August 14th, 1975: Rolling Stone blasts Lou

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