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I wear a pseudonym as a mask because I want to be true to the truth.

As Gilbert says to Ernest in Wilde's dialogue The Critic as Artist,

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.  Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
Oscar Wilde,
The Critic as Artist, Part II
With some remarks about the importance of discussing everything,
from the essay Intentions, 1891.

As I am a very private person, I have always avoided social media and their vanity and cruelty fair: many friends and colleagues and some relatives have tried (and some still try) to convince me to join IG, FB/Meta and Co. and/or to accept to fall in WA messaging black hole, but it was, it is and it always be in vain.

Nevertheless, as I feel the urge to express myself and to say something meaningful about the World I live in, I have decided to create this blog and I have chosen my mask, i. e., a pseudonym which allows me to be true to myself and to the truth.

My pseudonym, Vera da Pozzo, is a pun alluding to what I care about most : truth and loyalty, depth and insight. In my mother tongue, the syntagma "vera da pozzo" means a puteal, but it could be a female name followed by a family name.

Water is indispensable for living, and we need to keep it pure and unpolluted; it is the same for truth.

Of course, I am fully aware that, as Algernon responds to Jack,

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

Oscar Wilde,
The Importance of being Earnest, 1895.


I have invented this pseudonym some years ago, but it is only now that I am starting to wear it as a mask and - finally! - giving birth to Vera da Pozzo.

Even if my pseudonym, like me, is Italian, I have decided to write in English because I deeply love this beautiful language since my childhood and also because it allows me to have a more detached view on both Italy and France.

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