Belchite: A Truly Haunting Monument

Church of San Martin de Tours, Old Town Belchite. Photo by JOMISAG via wikimedia commons.

Church of San Martin de Tours, Old Town Belchite. Photo by JOMISAG via wikimedia commons.

The mere concept of a ghost town fascinates people. The idea that a thriving town could one day cease to have any value, to the point where it becomes completely abandoned, is confronting.

How many of them actually have ghosts? I don’t mean in the metaphysical sense, but in the skeletons in the closet, bad things happened here sort of way. Belchite, 40km from Zaragoza in Spain’s Aragon region, is one such place.

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Futurist Food: The Flavor of Tomorrow

The Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (shown in about 1915).

The Italian writer and fascist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (shown in about 1915).

Futurism is an art and social movement that flies under the radar for many casual art lovers. Its primary sphere of influence was in Italy, though Russia had its share of adherents, from the beginning of the 20th century on through the Second World War. The movement’s focus was on the modern: speed, technology, youth… well, the future. Futurists dabbled in every medium imaginable, from painting to sculpture, architecture to ceramics, theater to music, and even cuisine (more on that later).

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