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Filling a Vacancy

The Casanova in Place Symposium is only two weeks away! If you’ve been following along for the past few weeks, you’ve seen the abstracts and biographies for the papers that will be presented. But on Sunday 30 June, we also … Continue reading

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Dear Venice, Wish You Were Here #2

“Auguri infiniti e Tante cose affettuose” What a greeting! “Infinite wishes and many affectionate things”–or something like that. Native speakers out there, is there a better way to translate this? By the way, I love how the lamppost stretches out … Continue reading

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In Casanova’s Footsteps: Rome #4

Another stop on my walking tour of Casanova’s Rome with Adriano Contini. During those early days in Rome 1743, Casanova was trying so hard to walk a straight and narrow path in order to impress his mentors, Don Gasparo, Father … Continue reading

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Radio Casanova

France Culture radio has just offered a series of four episodes exploring Casanova’s life, as interviews with top Casanovists. Click on each link to read the full description or listen to the interview, all of which are in French. What … Continue reading

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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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