Category Archives: English

What’s in the Shopping Carts of Italians?

Food, of course, is an overwhelming part of Italy’s identity.  So it’s interesting to see what Italians actually purchase at grocery stores.  The following was based on a study conducted by Italy’s National Institute for Statistics and expanded on by … Continue reading

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The 2 Leonardos

Leonardo DiCaprio –actor, producer, and environmental activist – has played many different roles in his life, but he has never played an Italian or an Italian-American.  He has starred in well-known films, such as Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, … Continue reading

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Crazy Questions

Lately the Italian newspapers have frequently reported on the boorish behavior of tourists to Bel Paese—those who urinate in the fountains, those who try to enter churches wearing only bikinis, and those who deface priceless historical monuments.  They are tourists … Continue reading

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A Pictorial History of the Tartufo

This appeared in The New York Times, June 2017:

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Why has Italy been spared from mass terror attacks?

This is the question that The Guardian, the British newspaper, asked in an article in June 2017.  Has Italy been lucky in recent years?  Or are there other factors that have made the country relatively safe so far? Italy has … Continue reading

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The Courage to Be Heroes (Part II)

This is the second (and final) part of the post on Falcone and Borsellino.  The entire article is a collaboration with my friend, Jean Perloff, who is an attorney and italophile.  The first part ended with a conversation between Giovanni … Continue reading

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The Courage to be Heroes (Part I)

This post will be in 2 parts.  The second part will appear next week.  The entire article is a collaboration with my friend Jean Perloff, lawyer and italophile.  She wrote 2 long essays on Falcone and Borsellino.  These posts are … Continue reading

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