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Sharing: “Not Waving but Drowning”

Fellow Venetophile Jane Fleming shared this poem that her poet husband composed. A melancholy thought for the year’s end, but certainly a poem worth sharing. The image is from his blog site as well. Thanks for sharing!

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Venice, My Muse: An Interview with Scott Stavrou

I was introduced to Scott by another Venetophile, shortly after he published his novel Losing Venice. Luckily for me, he also agreed to write a chapter for First Spritz Is Free: Confessions of Venice Addicts. Though Scott used to live … Continue reading

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Casanova in My Mailbox

It’s not every day that Casanova shows up in my mailbox. But that’s where I found him today! My copy of the new journal Casanoviana arrived in a large white envelope. It replaces the former l’Intermediaire des Casanovistes (and before … Continue reading

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Culture Salon

My publisher, Giovanni DiStefano at Supernova Edizioni in Venice, attended the Salone della Cultura in Milan,┬áthis 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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Who Doesn’t Love a List?

Not me! I love lists–making them, reading them, checking them off…. Katia from The Venice Insider blog has posted her end of the year best books on Venice list. I’m happy to share it here. It’s impressive–she must read a … Continue reading

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Initial Impressions

  Here are a couple first impressions of Venice, with writing that lifts my heart. Just wanted to share. “I took a water-bus from the Lido to Venice proper, and approaching this city in the sea, glittering in brilliant sunshine, … Continue reading

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Losing or Gaining Venice?

How does one lose a city? Lose it to tourism? Lose it by falling out of love with it? Lose it to memory loss as one ages? Or, as the protagonist Mark thinks to himself, “What myriad assortment of fickle … Continue reading

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Why Should Someone Read …

…my books? You can find out the answer to this and other questions in an interview recently posted by the Italian American Press, an online resource listing dozens of books about Italian American topics. They include fiction, history, biography, memoir, … Continue reading

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Venice, My Muse: Donna Jo Napoli

Over twenty years ago, I was in a traditional trattoria and was charmed by a retired sandolista named Guido. He told me his life story about being a child during World War II who was rounded up and sent away … Continue reading

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Light and Shadow Dancing

The many ways that water lives in the city–this is captured in JoAnn Locktov’s new paean to Venice: Dream of Venice in Black and White. Puddles, fog, snow, rain, canals–of course, waves, reflections, clouds, splashes, mist on stones, droplets in … Continue reading

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