In Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog), a 1929 Franco-Spanish silent short film by Spanish director Luis Buñuel and surrealist artist Salvador Dalí, there is a striking image of a man pursuing a woman while pulling behind himself two grand pianos, two bloodied and dead mules, and two members of the Roman Catholic clergy all roped together. This we...

PROLIFIC ITALIAN AMERICAN AUTHOR Paul Salsini has published another tribute to Tuscany, the unforgettable land of his roots. Ranging over time and place, this new collection of stories by the award-winning author reflects people and events in Florence and in tiny villages and towns all over this magnificent region. Many are based on actual happenin...

In a 1913 issue of Poetry magazine, Ezra Pound listed his rules for the Imagist school that included “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” And, like much in our march toward civilization that began millennia ago, humans have found it best to imitate nature when finding practical solutions to an everyday problem. One of the most fundam...

In the list of the great Italian excellences who have found their fortune in America, one of the highest level names is that of Arturo Toscanini. A century has passed since an extraordinary event, an exceptional tour that saw him as a protagonist in America together with what would later become the orchestra of La Scala in Milan.  Today there is a...

For author Christopher Castellani, the proud son of Italian immigrants, the desire to tell the Italian American story through his writing has been a constant motivation. Yet, despite his abundant talent, irrepressible passion, and keen sense of his ethnic experience in America, upon entering the literary world, Christopher encountered one deep-seat...

The Columbus Affair: Imperatives for an Italian/American Agenda - by Anthony Julian Tamburri. 2021, Casa Lago Press. "Professor Tamburri discovers how our education of Columbus's mission, accomplishments, and failings translate into our current understandings of Italian and Italian American identity. The monograph reveals how the history of the mom...

Il 24 settembre 2021 si svolgerà online, sulla piattaforma digitale SalTo+, la prima edizione di “Dall’italiano al mondo”, il convegno del Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino dedicato a tutti i traduttori dall’italiano. Prima iniziativa di questo genere in Italia, pensata anche in vista del ruolo di ospite d’onore riservato all’Italia alla Bu...

Dal 19 al 22 agosto a Torricella Peligna in Abruzzo torna il JOHN FANTE FESTIVAL “Il dio di mio padre”, diretto da Giovanna Di Lello, giunto alla sua XVI edizione. La manifestazione, fin dalla prima edizione, è organizzata dal Comune di Torricella Peligna per ricordare e omaggiare lo scrittore americano John Fante (1909-1983), il cui padre Nicola e...

Admirers of the British writer Tim Parks might find his latest nonfiction book, “The Hero’s Way” (Norton, 384 pages, $27.95) a surprise. For 40-odd years he has written about his adopted country, Italy, almost always from the point of view of the stranger who has chosen to live there but who continues to notice the things they do differently. His l...

Ideato dall’Associazione Oll Muvi, conosciuta nel mondo come I Love Molfetta, in collaborazione con la Società della Madonna dei Martiri di Hoboken, con il supporto dell’ufficio Pugliesi nel Mondo della Regione Puglia, ha visto la promozione della stessa Regione Puglia nelle scuole americane, nei ristoranti italiani in America e un album fotografic...