Category Archives: English

My opinion

When I hear the word “Rico,” I think of two things:  First, the 1931 crime film Little Caesar starring Edward G. Robinson as Caesar “Rico” Bandello, a small-time hoodlum who ascends to the highest ranks of organized crime only in the … Continue reading

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Animal Rights and Language

Since at least the 1980s, anti-fur campaigns have been in full force.  Animal rights groups have sensitized the western world to the cruelty of trapping and killing wildlife.  Today there is outrage in the media over trophy hunting in Africa, … Continue reading

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The “Getty” Bronze

I have written several posts about a favorite topic—art, stolen art, repatriated art, and the thorny questions surrounding who “owns” the patrimony of the art world.  Now a new controversy has emerged…again between Italy and the United States.  Actually, it’s … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Silence

In the 17thand 18thcenturies, the most famous luthiers of all time worked in Cremona, Italy.  The names Amati, Guarneri, and especially Stradivari connote excellence in instrument making and the pinnacle of sound production.  But how Antonio Stradivari and the other … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Galileo’s Letter

Did Galileo edit his letter to Castrelli to moderate his views on the church and his “heretical” heliocentric view of the universe?  Or did someone send a false letter to the Inquisition against the scientist?  Or did the church amend … Continue reading

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The Sidewalk Nuisance

Walking down city streets used to be an obstacle course. Instead of admiring the architecture or shop windows, you had to watch where you were walking or you would take home a little gift on the bottom of your shoe.  … Continue reading

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Part 3: Extraordinary Discoveries in Pompeii in 2018

Pompeii is spread out over 110 acres; about 2/3 of the city has been excavated.  The streets are laid out in polygonal stone in the traditional Roman grid pattern.  Houses and shops line both sides of the streets.  Wealthier homes … Continue reading

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