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I was talking to a fellow academic the other day and he mentioned this place. He mentioned that the colloquial term for a well-read and intelligent individual here is a so-called "patrician",
I said it sounded pretty neat, and then I asked "so I suppose they've all read Leopardi then?" He sort of stood there wide-eyed for a minute before staring at his feet and mumbling something about "meme core" (?). I reminded him that every intelligent person worthy of being labelled a "patrician" has read Zibaldone, otherwise known as Leopardi's greatest work. I laughed a little to soften the mood but I could tell he was flustered. Eventually he walked away saying he had to practice "dee eff doubleyou facial expressions" in his bathroom mirror.
So anyway, is it true you guys haven't read Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi, or was the guy just being strange for no reason?
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