Monthly Archives: October 2016

More Casanova Appropriation

A while back I posted a bunch of images of book covers featuring Casanova as a title or subject or image or icon. Here are some new images I’ve come across, both books and films, and even a musical. First, … Continue reading

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Learn about Sarra Copia this Weekend!

I’ll be sharing my research into the life of Sarra Copia Sulam this weekend at the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. This free program runs from 1:30 to 3:00 on Sunday, October 30. See details here: http://www.jewishlearningworks.org/events/2016/10/30/venice-jewish-poet-sarra-copia-sulam-a-presentation-by-kathleen-ann-gonzalez or click … Continue reading

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Thomas Coryat on Canals

Englishman Thomas Coryat visited Venice in 1611 and described the canals: “The channels (which are called in Latin euripi or the channels,¬†aestuaria, that is, pretty little armes of the Sea, because they ebbe and flow every sixe houres) are very … Continue reading

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Where Am I?

Your latest location to puzzle over. Here are a couple shots I took while looking out the windows: And here’s the ceiling… And the floor. So where am I? Can you name the building?

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Little Italy, California

A few photos from the Little Italy street fair in San Jose, California. They’re raising funds for a new museum of Italian American history in our valley. The neighborhood was chosen in large part because of this building: Henry’s Hi-Life … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Isabella Teotochi Albrizzi

I managed to get up early enough one morning in Venice in order to avoid the crowds and make an uninterrupted video in Campiello Cignogna, just off the Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Behind me is¬†the building that housed Isabella Teotochi … Continue reading

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Ghetto Etymology

Dr. John Peter Maher, Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, recently shared with me his research into the origins, or etymology, of the term “ghetto.” Since I’ve been sharing information about Venice’s Ghetto here, I thought … Continue reading

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