Thomas Aiello

Thomas Aiello.

history. fiction. veganism.



"One day, perhaps, the world will taste the pickles of history. They may be too strong for some palates, their smell may be overpowering, tears may rise to eyes; I hope nevertheless that it will be possible to say of them that they possess the authentic taste of truth...that they are, despite everything, acts of love." Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children Read More →



“And anyway who’s to say what’s beautiful and what’s ugly?" “There are standards.” “Whose?” “I don’t know. The Greeks. The Etruscans. You can’t escape some things. History forces you to listen and see." “You have to balance history with science fiction,” she said. “It’s the only way to keep sane.” Don DeLillo, End Zone Read More →



"People often say that humans have always eaten animsls, as if this is a justification for continuing the practice. According to this logic, we should not try to prevent people from murdering other people, since this has also been done since the earliest of times. Isaac Bsshevis Singer Read More →



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The past is like a tapeworm, constantly growing, which I carry curled up inside me, and it never loses its rings no matter how hard I try to empty my guts in every WC, English-style or Turkish, or in the slop jars of prisons or the bedpans of hospitals or the latrines of camps, or simply in the bushes, taking a good look first to make sure no snake will pop out, like that time in Venezuela. Italo Calvino, If On A Winter's Night A Traveler