Monthly Archives: April 2013

From Opera to Kisses

More events coming up! This Friday, May 3, I’ll be at the Opera San Jose night in order to donate a copy of my book to help support the opera. Come by our Italian heritage table if you’re there! On … Continue reading

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Blue Lives On

“And thus the die was cast, the stage was set. There would be no turning back.” Those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that last April I started a new tradition. Each April, I … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Go of the Oar

“It could be said that the marvelous city, falling from the sky and splintering apart, had scattered about itself these shard of beauty.” Sean Wilsey, in his April 22 New Yorker article, here quotes 19th century poet Luigi Carrer when … Continue reading

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Friday Night Sex Talk

On a Friday night, would you rather be listening to someone talk about sex or out looking for some of your own? Well, I opted for the talk. It was actually part of the Vari Symposium at Santa Clara University, … Continue reading

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Dog Butt

Dog butts can be awfully adorable. Especially when they’re in Venice in a particularly picturesque campo. My friend Vonda, who loves all things Venice and pines for the place as I do, sent me this link. She confesses that whenever … Continue reading

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Irresistible North

Venetians discovered North America? Not that insufferable wanderer, Cristoforo Colombo, as my third grade teacher taught me? According to Andrea Di Robilant’s new book, Irresistible North, Venetian noblemen Nicolo and Antonio Zen sailed to North America and back and came … Continue reading

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Dino Speaks

Recently I received this email from someone who has spent many years reading and researching Casanova and the places he lived. Here are the kind words he sent me (and he granted me permission to share them here): “With great … Continue reading

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