Here Comes The Bride....(Undertow Interviews An Italian Beauty)
[SIZE=4][B][CENTER]Undertow Interviews The Bride And Finally Posts It[/CENTER][/B][/SIZE]
[I]The Bride, who's real name is Claudia, is a Cult member who lives in Lombardia, Italy. What follows is a series of PMs exchanged back in September.[/I]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Tell me about Lombardia. What is it like? What do you like to do there?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Lombardia is very, very interesting. Brescia, my city, is a great place to live in and it’s much less chaotic than, for example, Milan. Besides, it’s situated near the Garda Lake, where you can find a lot of beautiful places and landscapes. Millions of tourists come every year to visit.
Other cities worth visiting in Lombardia are, of course, Milan (with its Dome, its castle, and its shops…even if most of the time they’re too expensive), Bergamo, and Cremona, especially if you’re interested in old musical instruments like violins by Stradivari, which are worth so much today.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Have you always lived in Lombardia?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Yes I have, even though all my relatives are from Sicily.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Have you traveled to other parts of the country?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Yes, I've visited some Sicilian cities (Messina, Palermo), some cities in Lombardia (Milano, Cremona, Mantova, Bergamo, Garda Lake), in Liguria (Genoa), in Veneto (Venice, Verona) and other places I can't remember at the moment. But, and I know it will sound very strange to you, I've never visited Rome (!). Anyway, I hope to do it very soon.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Are you attending a university?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Well…almost. Lessons will begin on October 11th. I’ve chosen a language university and I should learn English (I like it and I need it so much!) and Russian.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: What do you like to do in your free time?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]In my spare time I usually go out with my friends, read (especially Chuck's books), listen to music...I'm not very fond of sports, and I don't like to go to discos either. I prefer less noisy places in which it's possible to understand one another without shouting.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: What are your interests?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Even if my English is very poor, I love languages. I always try to read in English or, if it's possible, to watch films in their original language. I haven't got any other particular interest, except for - as I said before - friends, books, music, movies and, sometimes, shopping.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: What other authors besides Chuck do you enjoy reading?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]I love reading books written by an Italian author called Alessandro Baricco, even if his style is very different from Chuck's. Most of his works have been translated also in English, like his novels "Oceano Mare" ("Ocean Sea"), "Castelli di rabbia" ("Lands of Glass"), "Seta" ("Silk"), "City" ("City") and "Senza Sangue" ("Without Blood").[/COLOR]
[COLOR=Red]He also wrote the monologue on which the film "La Leggenda del Pianista sull'Oceano" ("The legend of 1900", by Giuseppe Tornatore) is based, even if (and I really don't understand why) it hasn't been translated in English yet. There aren't any other authors in particular I enjoy reading. Anyway, I can mention some of my favourite books, for example, "1984" by G. Orwell, "Wuthering Heights" by E. Bronte and "High Fidelity" by N. Hornby.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: What got you into Chuck Palahniuk?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]I remember that one day I was looking for interesting authors on internet, and I noticed that a lot of people had written good opinions about Chuck. So I decided to read the plots of his books and some reviews, and after doing it I thought I absolutely needed to read his novels [/COLOR]
[COLOR=Red]Then, after a while, one day I was just looking around in a library when, all of a sudden, I saw "Invisible Monsters" on a shelf and I immediately bought it. I read it in 2 days, and then I bought "Choke." After discovering that book was as brilliant, incredible and amazing as the first one, I decided to read all his books. My parents bought me "Lullaby" for my birthday. Then I bought "Survivor," "Fight Club," "Portland Souvenir" and "Diary" (that I finished yesterday!). And when this summer I went to Scotland, I bought all his books in English. When I came back to Italy, I had to add another bag to my luggage.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: What brought you to The Cult?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]I found it looking for information about Chuck.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: I've noticed you're a Quentin Tarantino fan. How long have you been a fan?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Not very long, about 2 years. And I've just watched 2 of his films until now ("Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill"...vol. 1 & vol. 2, of course).[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Which do you like better: Kill Bill Volume 1 or 2?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Since it wouldn't be almost impossible for me to choose, let's say I prefer to consider them as a single movie. I love them both![/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Are there any Italian musicians you like that we should keep an eye out for?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Of course it depends on the kind of music you like, but I'd suggest Carmen Consoli and Tiziano Ferro. As far as pop music is concerned...maybe Paola & Chiara.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Have you visited other countries?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Yes, when I was young I went to Egypt, Greece, Spain, Croatia and Austria. Last year I went to London for 2 weeks, and this summer I spent 2 weeks in Edinburgh. In March I went to Berlin for a one-week school trip.[/COLOR]
[B]Undertow[/B]: Does the language barrier seem difficult at times on The Cult or other English sites?
[B]The Bride[/B]: [COLOR=Red]Yes, sometimes it's difficult, but more or less I can always understand something. The problem is when I have to write and especially speak in English![/COLOR]
Many thanks to The Bride for participating in this interview!