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December 2, 2020

David Dinkins (RIP) vs Rudy Giuliani: A Tale of Two Mayors

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
A reasonable(?) facsimile of David N. Dinkins

In Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities the French Doctor Manette, after spending 18-years in La Bastille in City # 1 (Paris) is released to live in City # 2 (London) with his...

October 18, 2020

Nana Rose: Learning About My Grandmother by Living through a Pandemic by Kathryn Suzanne Krase

Jerry Krase
Jordan Family
Rose Jordan - Left Front Row Wearing Black Ribbon because of the Death of Her Mother Filomena

If you met my grandmother, “Nana Rose”, chances are you can share a story about the experience. Chances are, she talked about you, too. My Nana had a “personality”, for...

May 7, 2020

My Spencerian Milestone

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
In tennis, and everything else, Spencer will more than fill my shoes in his lifetime. Here he was just tryin' them on for size.

Remembering my first grandchild in a time of plague reminds me of how grateful I should be for what I've had, and still have.

March 20, 2020

A Cuomo Change of Mind

Jerry Krase
Jerry Krase
It's not easy to draw him with a nonforgivingly cheap ballpoint pen, as he has an enormous number of creases in his face that only his mother Matilda could love.

Over the past three or so years of "45" chaos, I've come to radically rethink who belongs in my pantheon of Italian American leaders. In contrast to "45" and the President's...

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

MeThree

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...

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