Love at First Browse / Ivan Carozzi


Each month a special guest will share with us the three magazines that have meant the most to him.

This month is the turn of Ivan Carozzi, author, journalist and television writer, picks the three magazines that have meant the most to him.

#1 / Frigidaire

"I consider Frigidaire the most beautiful magazine. For the freedom, curiosity, quality, rate of innovation and pure fun expressed both in graphic-editorial values and in journalistic content. Frigidaire is a school of life and thought. It was the magazine that managed the miracle of not sympathizing with violence, yet remaining sympathetic to the incarcerated generation of the 1970s (whose letters it often published from prisons). Frigidaire had the missile speed of the Eighties and of the Eighties was a real visual compendium, but this futuristic modernity and this adherence to the spirit of the times, has never paid a pledge to the phenomenon of ebb. To live coherently in this middle-earth, suspended between two eras, it required great intelligence, a sense of humor and independence from the Italian political-cultural power. This independence has never meant spiteful marginalization, as often happens in Italy. On the contrary, each page of Frigidaire communicates the great joy of cultural work, when it is done following one's own daimon. On the contrary, I say this from experience, those who work in the publishing and cultural industry today are almost always depressed and frustrated. Meditate folks meditate."

#2 / Čapek

"Capek is a self-published comic, illustration and writing magazine. It comes out occasionally, it has reached the second issue and I think a third is in preparation. He also won an award at the last Lucca Comics. Comics are great. Each page is a surprise and every inch of paper is used. Capek is like a crowded salon, where people drink, joke and speak in different languages. I am happy to have participated in both the first issue (with a small autobiography, narrated through my hitch-hiking trips) and the second (with a short story of Tg2). For Capek what was said in the case of Frigidaire applies."

#3 / Il delatore

"I have never read "Il delatore", but I would like to point it out. It is a quarterly magazine published in a handful of issues and in a particular and shadowy historical period, that is the passage between the end of the 50s and the beginning of the 60s, therefore before the student demonstrations. Each issue of Il delatore is thematic. Some time ago, in a second-hand bookshop, I leafed through the issues dedicated to sadism, to bad taste and to transvestism. Really wonderful. Since they were too expensive, I didn't buy them, but I browsed through them a bit. Behind "Il delatore" (what a magnificently snobbish and provocative gesture, paying homage with the title of a magazine to a repulsive figure like that of the informer, also considering that at the end of the 1950s the memory of the informing during fascism was still alive) was Bernardino Zapponi, who grew up in the editorial board of the satirical magazine "Il Marc'Aurelio", future screenwriter for Fellini and none other than "Profondo Rosso". To notice how in the pages of Il delatore there were already some suggestions of the films of Fellini and Dario Argento gives a little thrill."