Monthly Archives: October 2015

Shady Casanova

“Where can I read about Casanova’s controversies?” my friend Matthew asked me last week as we prepared to attend a class at Stanford University called “Shady Characters.” Matthew had told me about it and invited me to attend, with the … Continue reading

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Puzzling #2

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Casanova Credits

Tonight in France on France 2 aired a new documentary on Casanova, created by Jean-Edouard Choppin. Here is a link to the announcement and previews: http://www.france2.fr/emissions/secrets-d-histoire It’s part of a series called Secrets d’Histoire. Jean-Edouard Choppin contacted me a year … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Traghetto at Ca’ Garzoni

This is a lovely story of how Casanova saved a jilted countess from a pimp. The story includes a traghetto, a hooded cloak, malvasia, slippers and gloves, and a bittersweet, secret farewell. I went a bit over four minutes on … Continue reading

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Nexus

“Nexus: the central and most important point or place: The nexus of all this activity was the disco.” Isn’t that a great sample sentence? (Courtesy of my computer’s dictionary.) Nexus is also the name of the newsletter printed by my publisher, Supernova Edizione, in … Continue reading

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A Noble and Excellent Woman

“But in our times there are few women who apply themselves to study of the military arts, since men, fearing to lose their authority and become women’s servants, often forbid them even to learn to read or write,” (Nobility 79) … Continue reading

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Puzzling #1

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