Sauntering in Italy with Anita and José: My Review of Tim Parks’ New Book in @AirMailWeekly

THE HERO’S WAY: WALKING WITH GARIBALDI FROM ROME TO RAVENNA by Tim Parks Walk into just about any city or town in Italy and you will inevitably bump into a statue or bust of a handsome man with flowing hair, deep-set eyes, and a thick beard, or you will see a plaque, a street, or a …

“A Moveable Feast” My review in @AirMailWeekly of Cynthia Saltzman’s exquisite new book PLUNDER: NAPOLEON’S THEFT OF VERONESE’S FEAST

“A wonder of the world,” wrote the artist Giacomo Barri in 1671 of Paolo Veronese’s The Wedding Feast at Cana, “and whosoever comes to Venice and departs without a sight of the Picture may be said to have seen nothing.” The enormous wall painting (approximately 22 feet by 32 feet) is set not, as the Bible would …

What My Super-Creative Mega-Inspiring Friends (And Family) Are Up To: “Fighting for Fertility” A Film by Larkin McPhee (my cousin!) Wed. May 12 on PBS at 9pm

Larkin is an amazing documentary filmmaker, her subject matter wide-ranging, deeply researched, and utterly compelling. The topics she takes on are always ambitious and range from flooding on the Mississippi to caregiving to nuclear power to anorexia and depression. Each film reveals Larkin's brilliant visual and narrative storytelling, which have earned her a Peabody and …

A Virtual Support Campaign for the Bronx Academy of Letters, the Astonishing NYC Public School that Just Keeps Thriving With Your Help

(Ignore the dates! The campaign has been extended!) As many of you know by now, way back in 2003 my sister Joan had an idea for a public school based on the simple idea that if you can write well, you can do anything. So she pulled together a founding team and we somehow managed …

Reading in Translation Devotes Entire Exquisite Issue to Natalia Ginzburg (including an interview with me).

The brilliant editor of Reading in Translation, Stiliana Milkova, has put together a stunning, extraordinary issue of all things Ginzburg for us to read, contemplate, and linger over. She has also recently published the fascinating book Elena Ferrante as World Literature which I urge any Ferrante lover to check out. Fellow translator Ann Goldstein has …

What My Super-Creative Mega-Inspiring Friends (And Family) Are Up To: Exquisite Pandemic

Editor: Rick Whitaker Associate Editor: Beverly Brooks Exquisite Pandemic  February 2021 Contributors: photographs by jonathan dawe  Jessica Gould     Sayeeda copeland     Minc     Michael Hickins     Francesco di Benedetto     Walter Holland     Ilka Scobie     Tim Shaner     Zachary Pace      Naomi Bess Leimsider    Giuseppe Gullo     Michael Carroll      Mark …

Join us for a discussion of Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon at Trinity College Dublin (virtually) on Feb 16

Author Natalia Ginzburg photographed with journalist husband, Leone Ginzburg. Coming to you live from Trinity College Dublin, Prof. Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, the former Head of Italian at the College, will be introducing and leading the discussion of Natalia Ginzburg’s 1960 Italian novel, Family Lexicon.And I will be there because any chance I get to talk about this astonishing …