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December 26, 2011

Saviano & Roubini – Do New York ... Literati love the ‘Shtick’

Tom Verso

In U.S. House of Representatives – “Financial Services Oversight and Investigations Committee” – hearings on December 15, 2011, very authoritative expert witnesses in...

December 20, 2011

Michael Parenti’s “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” – Review Part II: “...the good interred with their bones...”

Tom Verso
Vincenzo Camuccini, 1798

Southern-Italian Americans should know the history of Rome in far greater detail than is taught in schools and represented in mass media, both largely limited to mad emperors and...

December 3, 2011

Italy Bows to Northern Europeans – The Bourbons Avenged

Tom Verso
Berlusconi (Italy) bows to the northern dominated European Union

Now that the European Union has sent the Northern League’s favored Prime Minister Berlusconi pack’n, Northern Italians now know that Northern Europeans do not make a...

November 19, 2011

Michael Parenti’s “The Assassination of Julius Caesar” – A Review: Part I ‘Gentlemen’s History’ vs. ‘People’s History’

Tom Verso

Italian American scholars sitting in American university “Chairs of Wisdom” produce volumes of Chicago nostalgia histories and Florence art histories; yet hardly a whisper...

November 3, 2011

Pino Aprile’s “Terroni”: All That Has Been Done To Ensure That The Italians of The South Became "Southerners"– a review

Tom Verso
Il Blog di Beppe Grillo – Il Primo Magazine solo on Line

The simultaneous publication of the “Roots and Branches” Chicago Italian American history, and the English translation of “Terroni” is a delicious juxtaposition of the...

October 13, 2011

Sicily Travelers: L. Franchetti (Northern Italian Bourgeois) vs. Booker Taliaferro Washington (American born Slave)

Tom Verso
Leopoldo Franchetti & Booker Taliaferro Washington

When Leopoldo Franchetti, the rich and politically influential northern Italian, went to Sicily in 1876, he was looking for members of his socio-economic class – the bourgeoisie..

September 27, 2011

Italian Studies: Northern Italian “Ivory Towers” in Southern Italian Americana – Patterns of Italian Translations

Tom Verso
Ivory Tower - Italian Studies Programs

“Ivory Tower” – the time-honored symbol of intellectual and cultural aloofness, and distance from the masses, easily comes to mind when comparing American university Italian...

September 20, 2011

Cultural Demise: South of Rome and American Terroni – Piedmontista Then and Now (Silvana Patriarca, Nelson Moe, Italian Studies)

Tom Verso

“I will not invoke the REALITY behind [Piedmontese] representations [of the South]...” writes renowned Italian historian Silvana Patriarca. This incredibly pregnant clause is...

August 29, 2011

Michael Parenti and Camille Paglia: The Ivy League vs. Southern-Italian American Culture

Tom Verso
Camille Paglia & Michael Parenti

Michael Parenti and Camille Paglia are Yale PhDs respectively in the fields of political science and literature. They are also renowned writers and speakers. Yet, neither has...

August 11, 2011

“Out of the Melting Pot” – The Southern-Italian American – To Help or Not!

Tom Verso
From Little Italy to Suburban "Melting Pot"

During the great post-1950s American urban emigration, children and grandchildren of pre-WW I European immigrants abandoned their ‘urban villages’ for the culturally amorphous...