Announcing the Cicchetto as a Literary Form and Inviting Others to Submit their Cicchetti Here
In the interest of cutting through the logorhea produced by new information technologies, I write to announce a call to cicchetti makers--a new literary form that I hope we can inaugurate together. I learned about cicchetti after making a visit to
With the idea of the small snack, the afternoon musing in mind, with the idea of a writing that can meet the unmet needs of our times (how grand a claim!), I want to use this BLOG space to post cicchetti, to theorize about cicchetti, and to ask you to do the same.
Here are my first thoughts, toward distinguishing the literary form by way of its material counterpart:
Cicchetti: writing that is pitched to receive the divinations that spring from a break in the day.
Cicchetti: temporally, longer and mellower than a "coffee break."
Cicchetti: not a meal in itself; neither a prelude to a meal. Anticipatory, and yet not equivalent to antipasto. Needing nothing more or less.
Cicchetti: intimate. For the moment. Unnamed pleasures. Flights of fancy.
Cicchetti: a literature produced when one's blood sugar is at its lowest, and meant to treat same.
Cicchetti: a snack (need to do a lot more thinking about this curious entity)
Cicchetti: relative to Italian traditions of sleeping or at least drowsing, resting, meditating, or having sex after-noon, the time at which people in other parts of the world and in other cultures are drinking tea, ingesting stimulants, and hoping to wake themselves up
Is the singular of cicchetti, "cicchetto" or "cicchetta"? There seems to be some debate about it.