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July 12, 2019

Remembering Lee Iacocca

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase

In the 1960s and 70s, youngish half-Italian-American-activist-scholars, like myself, were often confronted with well-deserved negative stereotypes derived from the actions of real...

June 1, 2019

Presidential Non-Endorsement: Bill, "You coulda been a great mayor"

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Blurry Bill at Primary Victory Party 2013

A more and less tongue in cheek evaluation of Bill DeBlasio's Presidential delusion from one of his (at one time) strongest supporters.

April 17, 2019

Kublai Khan’s Revenge: The Silk Road is a Two-way Street

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Chinese-Italian Meat Market on Via Paolo Sarpi, in Milan's Italian fashion Chinatown

In 1295 Marco Polo returned home to Venice from Kublai Khan’s Court near Beijing, China. Seven centuries later, China’s current Khan -- Xi Jinping -- is returning the favor...

November 15, 2018


Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Womens March New York City, January 20, 2018

On November 6th, the Democratic Party enjoyed its highest margin of victory ever among female voters in a midterm election. The result, as of November 13, the Democrats had a net...

November 8, 2018

Theater Review: Sacco and Vanzetti “A Long Shadow” by August Nigro

Jerry Krase
Italian American Theater of Chicago
Playbill "A Long Shadow" by August Nigro directed by Nancy Greco.

This review is not about the disputed facts or “alternative” facts about the case that tainted the reputation of the American “justice” system in the 1920s and beyond....

September 21, 2018

“Cynthia Nixon vs Andrew Cuomo: Sex or No Sex in the City”

Jerry Krase

The tallies are in for the Democratic Party primary race for New York State Governor, and unfortunately for most of us self-identified libidinous “Progressives” the answer is...

September 10, 2018

Fascism in America and Italy: Does History Repeat Itself?

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Walking through the Ballaro Market in Palermo.

Given the rise of intolerance at the highest levels of government in America and Italy, it makes sense to think about its illogical causes and potential effects.

January 14, 2018

Finding the Right Words?

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Somewhat of a mixed grilled rogues gallery on my foreign and domestic language dictionaries book shelf.

A few days ago, while watching Al Jazeera, or was it the dreaded Russian Television Network during lunch, I was not at all surprised to hear that the most-articulate-ever...

August 27, 2017

Between Columbus and Cuomo: The Italian Experience in America, 1992 Revisted

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Monuments to Christopher Columbus are ubiquitous in America, or as they say "as American as pizza pie." This one is mostly unnoticed near an entrance to State Road 8 in Torrington CT, so efforts to tear it down are unlikely.

Given the recurrent debate over monuments of dubious distinction I thought to remind people that, as I wrote in 1992: Five hundred years ago an Italian discovered America. Five...

July 17, 2017

The Dog Days of Gotham's Italian American Politicians 2017

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
Celebrating the Dog Days of Summer in North Canaan, Connecticut

I haven’t commented on New York, and nearby, Italian American political superstars in a while and thought it was a good time to literally catch up with the poop. Lucky for me,...

February 1, 2017

The Italian American Contribution to Trump's Muslim Immigration Ban

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
The only good thing I can find about The Donald is that some of his hair matches that of my late Rosita.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution (1979) simply states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise...

December 5, 2016

Post-Election Italo-Trumpism: Parts One and Two

Jerry Krase
thomas cole -
'desolation' is the post-election mood among my friends and colleagues so i have chosen it from among thomas cole's five part series 'the course of empire' desolation. i preferred john martin's 'sodom and gemorrah' but my wife thought that implied too much blame for the voters. maybe if he is re-elected?

The day after the Presidential election I was in England to deliver the keynote address at the University of Central Lancashire’s “Fieldwork Photography Symposium.” I had...

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