Category Archives: Writing

Un Piccolo Poema: “Ca’ d’Oro”

  I want to live in the Ca’ d’Oro. I deserve such beauty. Each morning I’d rise to be framed by gothic arabesques and marble, columns of rose, melon, and cerulean blue. I’d gaze down upon green waters as gondoliers … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Karen Cogan

As you may remember from a recent post, Karen Cogan is a fellow Venice addict who recently sent me a painting she made of Ca’ Memmo. Clearly, she loves this city, so this month she shares with you her responses … Continue reading

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Radio Spritz

Exciting news–I’ve been interviewed for the radio show “Eye on Travel” with Peter Greenberg! He somehow learned about my book First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts and decided to interview me. (Thanks, Laura Morelli, for helping to connect us!) The show will … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Rita Bottoms

Venice brought us together. Rita and I met through my blog and developed an online friendship until we met in person last year to attend the Casanova exhibition together last year in San Francisco. Since we live only about 45 … Continue reading

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Casanova In Place: A Symposium in Venice, June 2019

I am thrilled to announce an upcoming symposium for the study of Giacomo Casanova! I’ve been working on this since last summer, and registration is now open. The symposium runs from 28-30 June, with optional excursions on the 27th and … Continue reading

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Culture Salon

My publisher, Giovanni DiStefano at Supernova Edizioni in Venice, attended the Salone della Cultura in Milan, this past weekend, January 19-20, 2019. And guess what–those are my books on his table, for everyone to see! Here’s a view of the hall, … Continue reading

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The Notorious SCS

America is fortunate to be living with the Notorious RBG (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) in our times. But Venice in the early seventeenth century was lucky to have the Notorious SCS. Sarra Copia Sulum. Her friend and mentor … Continue reading

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