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[oretta zanini de vita]
Wheat flour and water. For more than a thousand years, Italian hands have
crafted this simple dough into hundreds of different shapes with a creative genius
that no other noodle- eating people in the world has rivaled. To me, this heritage
is an Italian gift to gastronomic culture on a par with what the Florentine Re nais -
sance gave to art. I am thus proud and delighted that the results of my research
are now available to English- language readers.
This book is about the traditional shapes of
I N T R O D U C T I O N TO THE ENGLISH-LANGUAGE E D I T I O N
Signif icant literary work can only come into being in a str ict al ternation
between action and wr i t ing; it must nurture the inconspicuous forms that
better fit its inf luence in active communit ies than does the pretentious, uni-
versal gesture of the book — in leaflets, brochures, art icles, and posters.
Only this prompt language shows itself actively equal to the moment.
Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to
machines: one does not go up to a
A Dictionary of the EnglishLanguage
It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life to be
rather driven by the fear of evil than attracted by the prospect of good;
to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by
miscarriage1 or punished for neglect, where success would have been
without applause and diligence without reward.
Among these unhappy mortals is the writer of dictionaries; whom
mankind have considered not as the pupil but the slave of science, the
pioneer2 of literature, doomed only to remove rubbish