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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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Light to his Lips

THE GLASS-BLOWER by “Jan Struther” (Joyce Maxtone Graham, 1901-1953) BY the red furnace stands Apollo mute, Holding in upraised hands His iron flute. Slowly from back and brow The bright sweat drips; He sets the clarion now Light to his … Continue reading

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Redefining Beauty: Luisa Bergallii Gozzi

Women’s History Month is almost over, and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to tell you about a little-known remarkable Venetian woman. Labeled a shrew, when really she was the one supporting a crumbling noble family, Luisa Bergalli Gozzi … Continue reading

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Venice: Writing Under the Influence

I wish that were my title, but it actually belongs to a little book of poems by Rita Bottoms. I am often “under the influence” of Venice, so this book appealed to me. Turns out that Rita also has a … Continue reading

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Nasty Woman, Venetian Style

After the recent U.S. presidential election, Urban Dictionary defines a “Nasty Woman” this way: “An intelligent female who is adept at putting ignorant men in their place.” “Her: My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s — … Continue reading

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Quattro Minuti con Casanova: Baffo’s House

On a windy day, my friend Adriano filmed this episode of Quattro Minuti con Casanova in Campo San Maurizio. Giorgio Baffo, (1694-1768) writer of licentious poems, was also a mentor and friend to Giacomo Casanova. Here at his house, the Palazzo … Continue reading

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Luisa Bergalli Gozzi

I was walking by the Linea d’Acqua bookstore when this caught my eye:   Okay, so it’s some old book. But one name jumped out at me. I was in Venice to study Italian but also to finish up some … Continue reading

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