“Linguine, Mystics, and the Study of Life” began as the travel blog that wasn’t a travel blog, the biographical blog that wasn’t really a biography. What began as an obligation to keep relatives informed about study abroad in Rome quickly turned into a blog about life itself, about beauty, love, music, deep thoughts, random ideas, and free association. It would be melodramatic of me to say “Linguine, Mystics, and the Study of Life” is Life itself, but… in some sense it is.

Anthony Patti, aka. Nazariah, the author of linguinemysticslife, is a junior philosophy and film major at the University of Notre Dame.  His passions include (and are not limited to) movie directing, editing, screenwriting, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology, Christian apologetics, hebrew studies, and media studies.



First Post:

Here We Are, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

Posted on August 11, 2012
I… vill… not… blog… evah!

Ever have I resisted the sultry allure of the world of blogging. Ever have I held at bay that faddish technocultural phenomenon, forcing it back into the gloom in order to curb its incessant temptation. Alas, those ante-blogian days are over.

I recognize the danger of blogs – how they can become a place of self-aggrandizement, a place to stroke one’s ego. At one time I thought it was impossible to do good by blogs; it seemed like anyone who used one was only looking for attention.

A visual summary of What (Or Who) I Hate About the Internet

However, I’ve come to think they can actually be awesome.

There were two things that chiefly inspired this blog. The first is the fact that I am soon to embark on an adventure abroad – study-abroad to be precise. As of August 28 until the end of the fall semester I will be studying in Rome, through John Cabot University (which has a partnership with the University of Notre Dame, where I normally attend). The logic was (and is) that a blog will allow me to at once keep a journal of my travels while keeping my friends and relatives up to date.

However, no one – or at least not me – wants to read a blog about my travels. A travel blog can produce only one of two internal reactions: (1) boredom, or (2) envy, and neither effect is something I want to cultivate in others. That discouraging fact, combined with the fact that I like to write, want to write, but need an excuse to write, and the fact that there are so many other things in life more interesting than my travels inspired me to broaden the horizon of this blog. So, upon careful consideration, I decided to write a blog about everything. And,actually, since the blog will inevitably delve into the charybdis of metaphysics at some point, it is a blog about everything, nothing, and all that lies between.

Since this is such a broad topic, I have set a few parameters for myself to keep it reasonable. In order to prevent things from getting out of hand, I will strictly prevent myself from writing about sports. All else is fair game.


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