Monday, June 24, 2024

Five questions. We just want to ask you five questions — or, rather, get five recommendations of things to read, listen to, watch, eat and buy from people who live, work or otherwise spend time in Cambridge. Here are some from international man of mystery Carlo Cremonini, 14. He lives with his family near Raymond Park in Neighborhood 9, and is most commonly found shooting hoops with his buddies and checking his iPhone. But, half Italian and one-quarter Swedish, he jet-sets around Europe and competes in triathlons, and his European side clearly shows through in his sophisticated tastes. 

Read: Carlo, a well-read young man, especially likes action novels about conspiracies. But his current favorite is the (purportedly) nonfiction “Area 51A: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base,” by Annie Jacobsen (Little, Brown and Co., 2011), about the mysterious government facility associated with space aliens and espionage. “This book is basically a history of the people who made Area 51, who created it and all the stories that went along,” he says.

Listen to: Although Carlo has extensive and eclectic tastes in music, “I’ve been into M83 lately. I like them I guess because they’re kind of fun, mysterious and interesting,” he says of the electronic music crafted by Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez.

Watch: Like many 14-year-olds, Carlo watches a lot of television. His tastes, though, are somewhat more refined, and he has even been known to watch PBS’ “Downton Abbey.” Lately, though, he has been into the USA cable channel’s “White Collar,” about a con man and an officer in the FBI’s “white-collar crime division” who work together solving and preventing art and securities thefts, counterfeiting and racketeering. The show has had four seasons, but only the two most recent episodes stream for free on Hulu or the USA website.

Eat: In keeping with his Italian heritage, Carlo likes the restaurant Gran Gusto, 90 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 by Danehy Park. “If they have it there, I like to order their Spaghetti alla Vongole — with pepper and clams.” Cremonini travels with his family to Italy every summer, so if he praises Italian food in Cambridge, it must be tasty and authentic.

Buy: Carlo praises the GoPro, a wearable camera that is “super rugged” and “super high quality” and therefore good for recording the athlete’s point of view in action sports or, say, for falling out of a 10-story building. He uses it for video when he goes mountain biking and skiing. The device sums up Carlo’s personality: tech savvy and sophisticated, adventurous and spontaneous.