Our values

Literature and the arts often herald the future helping us understand our world and what our values are. Some years ago, Italo Calvino, one of Italy’s most important 20th century writers, looked into the past to see what values should guide us in the future. In “Six Memos for the new Millennium” he identified six core values worth preserving and promoting: lightness; quickness; exactitude; visibility; multiplicity and coherence. Nctm is working with these values as it develops and grows.

My confidence in the future of literature consists in the knowledge that there are things that only literature can give us, by means specific to it. I would therefore like to devote these lectures to certain values, qualities, or peculiarities of literature that are very close to my heart, trying to situate them within the perspective of the new millennium.

Italo Calvino

Literature and the arts often herald the future helping us understand our world and what our values are. Some years ago, Italo Calvino, one of Italy’s most important 20th century writers, looked into the past to see what values should guide us in the future. In “Six Memos for the new Millennium” he identified six core values worth preserving and promoting: lightness; quickness; exactitude; visibility; multiplicity and coherence. Nctm is working with these values as it develops and grows.