Category Archives: English

It’s Baloney!

The mayor of the Italian city Bologna, Virginio Merola, prefers to call it “fake news.”  He’s incensed that tourists who come to his city ask for spaghetti Bolognese (or “spag bol”) at local restaurants.  He claims that it does not … Continue reading

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The Long Arm of Totò Riina

Investigators considered him the undisputed leader of Cosa Nostra—“U curtu,” the boss of massacres. When he died in November 2017 (see post, “The Long Shadow of ‘Totò’ Riina, December 14, 2017), Riina was serving 26 life sentences.  The first was for … Continue reading

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The Tower and its Inclinations

The Leaning Tower of Pisa starting leaning almost from the get-go … nearly 900 years ago.  Begun in 1173, the bell tower took nearly 200 years to complete.  It was, in fact, the delays along the way, as well as … Continue reading

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The Song that made Sanremo famous

Sanremo is a beautiful coastal city in Liguria and a popular tourist destination on the Italian Riviera. It hosts the annual Sanremo Music Festival, founded in 1951, which is so popular among Italians today that it is often referred to simply … Continue reading

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Stolen, Gestohlen, Rubato

In January 2019, a video of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence shows its director dramatically affixing a framed black-and-white photo of a painting on a wall in a gallery.  Around the photo in bold red lettering is the word “stolen” … Continue reading

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Opening Nights

Audience reception of opera premieres has always been unpredictable.  For example, three of the most popular Italian operas today—The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, and Madame Butterfly—were resounding failures on their opening nights.  Perhaps none was more striking than that of … Continue reading

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Who invented the crossword puzzle?

Credit goes to Arthur Wynne, a British journalist who was born in Liverpool but lived most of his adult life in New York City.  On December 21, 1913, in the Sunday supplement of the daily New York World, he published … Continue reading

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