Category Archives: Italian heritage

Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here (#1)

I’m starting a new series for you today! I’ve run out of Gondola Stuff to show you, so instead I’ll occasionally post selections from my postcard collection. It all started when a friend gave me about 20 Venice postcards that … Continue reading

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Casanova, The Fictional Man

American novelist Jewell Parker Rhodes said this about writing: “I love historical fiction because there’s a literal truth, and there’s an emotional truth, and what the fiction writer tries to create is that emotional truth.” When authors take on writing … Continue reading

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“Venice, My Muse:” An Interview with Judith Harris

A mutual friend and Venetophile introduced me to Judith Harris a couple years ago, and I had the pleasure of including her essay on Venice in my book First Spritz Is Free. Judith’s voluminous knowledge of Venetian history enlivens her … Continue reading

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Casanova in the Light and in the Dark

Much work has been done to organize Casanova’s papers, translate his memoirs and other works, and research the people and places he writes about. But the critical analysis of his impact, his place in literature, his place in the 18th … Continue reading

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Casanova, from Tuscany to Spessa

When most people think of Casanova, they think of him in his heyday, surrounded by nobility, beautiful women, dashing men. Certainly, this is Casanova’s place in our collective memory, but his sojourns might also be filled with anxieties about his … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome #3

Campo dei Fiori (literally meaning a “field of flowers”) is a popular spot for both locals and tourists in Rome. But Casanova also writes of visiting this place in 1743. He was an adolescent, in fact even tells how he … Continue reading

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Mural Ogles Statue

Scene from Museo Fortuny.

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