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Visual Artist & Author. Born: 1976. Ph.D. Ivy-Leaguer. Main interests: mystery, art, murders and humor... oh, and cosmology. Website: http://www.reviglio.com
After receiving a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia University (New York) in 2008, Pietro Reviglio has moved into the field of contemporary art, working with photography, painting, video and narrative, and exhibiting in galleries and museums in the US, Italy and Japan. His first book, Cinematography of Urban Madness, presented at Columbia University (New York) in 2011, has been described as "a riveting new book that questions the nature of real and imagined cinematic narratives in a visually stunning manner" by Jason Stopa (New York Arts Magazine). Recent exhibitions include Museo Laboratorio d'Arte Contemporanea (Rome), Palazzo Farnese (French Embassy, Rome), the 54th Venice Biennial, Columbia University (New York), the Museum of Oriental Art (Turin) and the Ishida Taisheisha Hall (Kyoto). For Kindle he has published a short humorous memoir that reflects on art, science and life (The Cosmic Sucker) and a mystery/thriller novella (The Red Scream) that is part of a larger artistic project on stories behind images.
This short autobiographic story tells the tale of the author's life changing decision to take up art instead of his field of study, astrophysics. It details his night in the desert with a huge telescope which defied his ability to bend it to his will.
It's amusing rather than outright funny and I found the writing style rather choppy. Sentences had an annoying tendency to end with a series of dots instead of a full stop... I can take that occasionally but it happened several times on some pages. In fact one sentence just stopped before it had finished. However, it's an interesting idea that the universe can gang up on you to make you take the right choices for you. Ok but not my favourite book.
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This short story reminded me of Kerouac's Desolation Angeles except the desolation does not seep through every page but it comes out from time to time in a funny way. Reviglio is a Columbia PhD, has a passion for snakes, and a totally Freudian interpretation of astrophysical instruments. He is now a painter, photographer and writer in an economically depressed Europe. After all, history tells us that during times of falling currency or at least during the application of a pungent austerity lotion on its face humanity forges some of its greatest artists. Actually that is probably wrong. The point of the story is that Reviglio leaves science for art, and it all has to do with snakes, beer, the desert, an Arizona wild man - keeper of a good looking but inadequate telescope. Science 0 Art 1. Actually science and art are very similar searchers for truth among data that are often confusing. Check out "The Cosmic Sucker".
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