Category Archives: English

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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Ecstasy:  It’s not what you think

Is art capable of being transformative or even life-threatening?  Apparently so.  The first known example occurred in 1817 when Marie-Henri Beyle, known as the French writer Stendhal, entered the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.  He admired its many splendors, … Continue reading

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Heart of Gold

The request for applicants read in part: “The person chosen must be responsible, reliable, honest, and will never feel alone in the company of cats.  And must have a heart of gold.”  God’s Little People Cat Rescue was looking for … Continue reading

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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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