What a big, bursting lasagna of a book Garibaldi M. Lapolla’s The Grand Gennaro is, full of the pleasures of a novel, old-school and plotty, slap-dash and hasty in places, but vibrant, alive, delicious—and over too soon.
“The Dreamlife of Pascal D’Angelo” in VIA: Voices in Italian Americana
My great thanks to Bordighera Press and the journal VIA: Voices in Italian Americana for including my essay “The Dreamlife of Pascal D’Angelo” in its Spring 2021 issue. This essay is a deeper take on one that I wrote back in February 2017 for the earlier version of this blog (a link to that essay […]
Marino Auriti’s Encyclopedic Palace on ITALICS: Television for the Italian American Experience
It was pure delight to talk about my grandfather, Marino Auriti, and his beloved Encyclopedic Palace with the Calandra Institute’s super-terrific Joseph Sciorra on ITALICS on CUNY TV. My thanks to Joe, Producer Catalina Santamaria, and Dean Anthony Tamburri for making this happen. Here’s a link to the episode on YouTube: I really am amazed […]
WOP! or: You talkin’ to me?
In which I write about WOP! A Documentary History of Anti-Italian Discrimination in the United States, edited by Salvatore J. LaGumina.
Forte e Gentile: New Home
Once again, I dedicate this to my mother, Colette …