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June 22, 2013

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Travis M. Whitehead

I just saw this comment and I like it. I shall incorporate these observations into my own perception of culture. Thanks for sharing!

Travis M. Whitehead

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I have not thought that crafts define a culture, but that the are the freely offered expressions of it. I would have said that the people define the culture. I watch it here in Italy, as the culture alters at glacial speed (shall we have to change that word now that warming speeds the glaciers?) and the younger Italians smirk at what their parents believe and go deadpan at what their grandparents believe -- because respect for the ancients is not dead although I hear her moaning occasionally. And yet, they are still Italians and still can be predictable in some ways, mercurial in others.
What they make, on the other hand, is almost unchanged. Or perhaps I should say what they show us of what they make is unchanged. Even contemporary artists, if they are any good, show their roots in the classical, rock and roll is melodic and sounds a good bit like vaudeville songs of the Italian past. Even the cars they really like have the forms of early Bugatti and the most popular Fiat 500 is affecting the design of other 'cars of the people'. Ferrari and Lamborghini can only be Italian. The food does not stray and they are suspicious of foreign food and it's jumble of unfamiliar flavors. The biggest change in my neighbors' torcolo (the local cake) is the frequent use of yoghurt in place of milk. The finished torcolo would please an Italian of the 19th century.
This culture, probably like Mexican culture, is difficult to enter. Most Italians socialize only with family and a few friends of their 'year', meaning their school class. My interest has been slowly rewarded over 13 years by letting it wash over me from the tiny holes I have poked through the dam they built to keep it. But what they make they are proud to share, to make images, to sell, to publish.

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