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Another Use for Campo San Polo

People dressed as clowns lasso bulls and oxen. Dogs bite at men fallen to the ground, and black hatted officials brandish swords. Masked ladies and men in plumed hats ogle the scene from their balconies. While children scuttle over the well … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty Videos: Veronica Franco

“And it’s with great delight that I talk with those who know so as to have further chances to learn,” wrote Veronica Franco about gaining education among those in a literary salon, “for if my fate allowed, I would happily … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Murano and San Michele

Stories of two islands–and two lovers! At a Murano convent, Casanova in costume dances, entertains, gambles, and then gets one of the greatest shocks when he goes to meet his lover M.M. You’ll have to watch this edition of Quattro … Continue reading

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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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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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Random Venice Journal Entry #3

This is part of a very sporadic series, where I post a random journal entry from a previous trip to Venice. This one is from Carnevale, over ten years ago, when I went with a group of friends and we … Continue reading

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Gondolier Pants

Have you ever wondered what gondolier pants looked like, you know, way back in the day? Me, neither, and I like all things gondola. But I hit a lot of museums this summer in Venice and took 8 zillion photos … Continue reading

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