I mentioned recently that I have set up a daily Google search for the word “Casanova,” and it get some pretty interesting suggested readings. I’ve repeatedly seen journalists like Amanda Casanova and Stephanie Casanova who write many articles for their respective papers.
But then I kept seeing the name Casanova Nurse.
What image comes to mind when you hear this name? I pictured maybe a sexy nurse Halloween costume, something like this.
So I was surprised to click on a link and find that Casanova Nurse is the Chief Meteorologist for ABC 27 news. Here he is in action with recent news about the winds buffeting the Chinese “weather balloon” floating over the US for the past few days. I mean no disrespect to Mr. Nurse, just sharing one more of the ways the name Casanova shows up in the modern world.
Yet another series of street art images. I posted one previously, then came across more on my 2022 trip. There was another that was very badly damaged. Have you seen others? Please share photos and I’ll post them.
Can you name or explain the allusions in each piece? Who is the person depicted? Or what artwork is being alluded to?
Here’s the newest headline in my series of the name “Casanova” showing up in a Google search: “Ventura County gets new ‘Navy Sheriff’”
Usually, Casanova is a last name, but here it’s a first name. Lt. Casanova Love has taken on the position as Navy Sheriff. His smile in his photo makes him look like someone who has embraced his name. I wonder if he’s ever read Casanova’a memoirs? You can read more about him here.
Just sharing some interesting news about Venice’s latest efforts to combat the acqua alta. I saw them working around the Basilica last June but never asked what was going on. Well, this is the result! And it seems to be getting results.
Here are a few photos I took in June 2022, as the pavement was being torn up. Read the article to hear more about the process and how this will protect the Basilica in the future.
This is someone’s name. No, I didn’t make it up, though it sounds like something a adolescent boy might come up with. Here’s the headline and the link to the short article about gold valuations. The real news is the name. What were Ima’s parents thinking?
Actually, it’s not quite as funny as it sounds. “Ima” is short for “Imaru.” I won’t post her photo out of respecting her privacy, though you can find it easily by googling her name.
“Gold stocks are trading at historically low valuations: VanEck’s Ima Casanova”
I get updates from Google for the word “Casanova,” and you’d be amazed at the things that come up. There are multiple journalists with the last name Casanova, and a politician in Southern California, a boxer, an incarcerated rapper, and a wealthy family who are always posting where they’ve had their latest bagel or suntan. I’ll share some of the more interesting ones with you in this new series.
Not a very old postcard: April 14, 1983. But the view is unusual because it’s so far back from the Bridge of Sighs and the Canonica. As usual, a bunch of gondolas are jammed up jockeying for position. I started getting to know gondoliers in 1996 and knew a few of the guys who worked this area. I wonder if any of them are in this photo?
Mom and Dad write:
“I mailed cards a few days ago & found I didn’t have enough stamps. Lack of communication. You may never get the first so tho’t I’d start over. Have been to surrounding cities and Tues. we went to Venice. Very unique. We may go back next week. My cold is still with me & I hope each day it will leave. Have bought a few items. Hope it won’t run like pink when I get home. Have had only 2 sunny days. Sort of raw. It is all great to see but no place like USA. Hope all is well with you. Think of you weekend of 15th. Love, Mom & Dad
Okay, I might have gotten some of that wrong. “Run like pink?” Help me out here, dear readers! And the final line, did I get that right?
And I must ask: Why do some people write such banal things on postcards? Why use such precious space to admit that you ran out of stamps? Why not instead wax poetic about your gondola ride, or the moonlight on the water, or the crooner at your canalside restaurant, or your spaghetti alle vongole or your first bellini?
Thanks to Dayna for letting me know about the upcoming “Casanova’s Venice” program being offered by the Smithsonian Associates. This hour and a quarter lecture will be presented via Zoom on Wednesday, January 11, at 12:00 EST. (That’s 9:00 am for me in California and, sadly, when I’m teaching!)
Here’s what the website says about the program:
“The Settecento Venice of Casanova was very different from the Venice of the Renaissance. No longer a center of international trade and an empire whose holdings stretched across the Mediterranean, by the 18th century the city’s international status had plummeted in the face of a changing political landscape in Europe and beyond, as Venice faced a period of decline and decadence. At the same time, however, Venetians took part in a spectacular cultural flowering.
Who better to represent this rich and complicated period than Casanova? Historian Monica Chojnacka explores this tumultuous time and the ways in which Venetians responded socially, politically, and artistically to the decline of the Renaissance and the birth of a new era, and examines the way Casanova reflected this period of both decadence and cultural dynamism.”
I hope many of you will be able to attend and tell me all about it! I’m also really curious to know if the speaker used my book Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Venice during her research. It sounds like her focus is the 18th century in general, while my book is about the specific places Casanova lived and visited, but still, I help to bring the C’s real city to life.
Image taken from the Smithsonian Associates website. The Bucintoro Returning to the Molo on Ascension Day by Canaletto, 1732.