I am just about done with this. It’s quite a read. Among other things it is a summary of events of the last few years.
At the pace of the modern world, one forgets.
It is in English, too. Links below.
Originally posted 1 Dec:
I have had many emails asking me about the new book by the pseudo-anonymous “Marcantonio Colonna” called Il Papa Dittatore (The Dictator Pope).
It is available IN ENGLISH
It is not flattering. Some of it resonates with what I have picked up in my last visits to Rome and conservations with friends who still labor there. There is a really bad environment in Rome right now. The tension is so thick that you could cut it with chainsaw… maybe.
REMEMBER: Most of you do not have to read this stuff. Some of us do. Most do not. Be wary, in yourself, of the vice of curiositas. Yes, there is a kind of “curiosity” which leads to sin.
Also, I think this is only for Kindle.
So… here’s your chance to get a Kindle!
If you don’t have one already, what’s up with that?
There are several to choose from. This is the Paperwhite. I have one of these and it is marvelous.
There are several iterations of the gizmo. Some connect only to WiFi, others also to cellular data (its a great feature for travel, but it costs more). Some have “ads” some don’t (its cheaper if you allow the “rest” screen to suggest books).
It’s “backlit”. The battery lasts for many hours. Books download in a jiffy. You can share most books, and with a level of membership you can read many titles for free.
If you have have more than one Kindle, which will also play audiobooks from Audible, they will “sync” with each other, so you can start on another instrument without searching for your page. Spiffy.
I dearly love “real” books. However, I read a lot more books now than I did before. The Kindle is light and small and stores zillions of titles. Also, there are some books which I don’t want to buy and have lying around afterward. I have so many books in my place and in storage that it could be a set for a scene in a dystopian movie. (Yes, squirrel away a Kindle with lots of “survival” and reference materials in a Faraday cage while you can.)
Anyway, back to the book in question.
You don’t have to tell me about it, I already have it (I was provided with it a while ago).
I am told that there will be an English language version. I don’t know when.
No, I won’t tell you the author’s real name (a question that has come up several times in email). Won’t. Do. It… unless the author says it’s okay, and by then it will be out anyway. So, stop asking that, please.
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