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December 12, 2010

The Architecture of Luigi Nervi: where Brunelleschi meets Newton

Tom Verso
Luigi Nervi

With the 1943 Milan lynching, northern-Italian communist vented their vengeful lust on the Fascist. However, the architectural-engineering genius of the Fascist period was not...

November 21, 2010

Poles of Italian Architecture: Northern ‘Mega’ vs. Sicily’s ‘Veil’

Tom Verso
Slim Aarons
Palazzo Vecchio Florence & Hall of Mirrors -Palazzo San Vicenzo -Palermo

The culture of the southern Italy is being systematically obliterated from the minds of southern-Italian Americans. Fascinated with the grandiose, we are continually presented...

November 9, 2010

Hannibal and Mussolini - “The South will rise again!”

Tom Verso
What Hannibal destroyed - Mussolini restored

The great migration of southern Italians in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was in large part the result of Hannibal’s third century B.C. devastation of...

October 31, 2010

Palermo: Ancient Rivers and Modern Streets

Tom Verso
Palermo: Admiral’s Bridge over the former Oreto riverbed.

On a sweltering late August day, pedestrians at Palermo’s Via Roma / Vittorio Emanuele intersection were perplexed when a serene man in their midst claimed to “Enjoy the cool...

October 11, 2010

Sicily’s Class Character circa 1900 - Lampedusa vs. Booker Taliaferro Washington

Tom Verso
Class Character of Sicilians in pictures

Lampedusa: “Of our six houses, I loved Casa Lampedusa best...its 1600 square yards was all at my disposal... a real kingdom for a boy...but my mother loved the 100 room Santa...

September 28, 2010

The Mussolini Contradiction - Boston’s North End “Street Corner Society”

Tom Verso
The Mussolini Contradiction in pictures

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones..." Shakespeare

August 29, 2010

Archeology of Language: Sicilian ‘Beddu’ and Arabic ‘Badu’

Tom Verso
“In her beautiful face the Berber ancestry of Sicilians is seen very clearly. Especially with kohl on her eyes like that.”

‘Forgetabout’ Verdi in Milan’s La Scala; more appropriate for southern-Italian Americans would be Michela Musolino’s "L’Evento in Memoria di Pino Veneziano" in...

March 10, 2010

Chiudere la Porta

Tom Verso

Please be advised that this blog is no longer active. Its been real - But, its time to wheel. Ciao for Now Tom Verso

March 4, 2010

In the matter of southern Italian vs. northern Italian ART - Benedetto Croce is called to the stand.

Tom Verso
"The Veiled Christ" by Giuseppe Sanmartino

A second article in an historiographic series about “Southern Question” history: With the large volume of misinformation produced by media and academicians about southern...

February 23, 2010

“Italian Americans by the Numbers: Guido Education, Employment and Italian American culture.”

Tom Verso

Jersey Shore Reality – Numbers tell the story of Italian American youths ignored by their seniors, under educated and marginal employed. Staring into a cultural abyss, they...