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Losing Sleep in Venice

A lot of people lost a lot of sleep over this show! My friend Adriano sent me a link to a recent RAI tv film about Venice. Although it’s all in Italian, even if you don’t speak that language, you … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of Venetians

“There are two kinds of Venetians,” she said, “those who are born in Venice, and those who become Venetian in their hearts.” Marisa Convento is sort of both kinds. She was born in Mestre but married a Venetian and moved … Continue reading

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Learn Something New Every Week

“Learn something new every week: get weekly updates on interesting nonfiction articles.” That’s the motto of the website NFReads.com, a clearing house for nonfiction titles. Peruse their pages or even have a weekly email delivered to let you know what’s … Continue reading

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Shameless Self-Promotion

Today I got to meet up with my friend Gregory Dowling, professor at Ca’ Foscari and author of a number of novels. He had just received the proofs for the American edition of his latest book, which came out in … Continue reading

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Oh, Those Clowns!

My bookclub recently read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (and unanimously loved it). In the book, some Murano glass clowns figure rather importantly. I’m in Venice right now, and as I was walking through the Mercerie (one of the … Continue reading

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Gondola Stuff: Wooden Ferro

As a part of my occasional series “Gondola Stuff,” here you get to see another item from my collection. Friends presented me with this lovely wooden ferro, ┬áhand-carved by a Venetian artist. The artist included a Murano glass inlay, in … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: I Gesuiti

Kicked out of the seminary! After only two weeks! I hinted a bit about this in previous videos, and now here’s the whole story. Why did Casanova get booted from the seminary on Murano after only two weeks? What did … Continue reading

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