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December 29, 2008

The Rocks of San Francisco: Authenticity, Ethnic Neighborhoods, and Going Blog Crazy

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Nuova Porziuncola, North Beach neighborhood, San Francisco

Ethnic construction and sacred place, the replica of the Porziuncola Chapel in San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood.

December 24, 2008

“Ti abbraccio teneramente,” Christmas from Prison

Laura E. Ruberto
Antonio Gramsci

A selection of Antonio Gramsci’s Christmas letters from prison.

November 22, 2008

The Other Rocky Movie

Laura E. Ruberto
Paul Newman in the Rocky Graziano story, "Somebody Up There Likes Me"

Paul Newman’s turn as an Italian American boxer leaves me wondering where all those gum machines went.

November 5, 2008

Blogging Obama

Laura E. Ruberto
Laura E. Ruberto
Drawing of Barack Obama, by this blogger's five year old son

Passing impressions from California, written at midnight on Election Night.

October 26, 2008

Radical Espresso: Mario Savio and Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement

Laura E. Ruberto
Mario Savio's "operation of the machine" speech, Sproul Plaza, UC Berkeley, December 2, 1964

What happens when a Berkeley café lays claim to an Italian American free thinker?

October 4, 2008

Garment Workers and Union Activists in Tinsel Town

Laura E. Ruberto
"The Garment Jungle"
Original Movie Poster for "The Garment Jungle" (1957)

My random encounter with a Hollywood Italian American labor activist.

September 24, 2008

Volando per Obama

Laura E. Ruberto
Gondoliers Singing for Obama

Venetian Gondoliers sing their support for Barack Obama.

September 20, 2008

The Gate on the “Golden Gate”

Laura E. Ruberto
Valenti Angelo
"Girl with Bird," print by Valenti Angelo, date unknown

Reading Valenti Angelo’s “Golden Gate” to my five-year old son.

August 26, 2008

Italian Metal Gets Religion

Laura E. Ruberto
Fratello Metallo

An Italian monk hears Metallica and turns the mystical and divine into heavy metal.

August 18, 2008

Breastfeeding Breasts!

Laura E. Ruberto
Tina Modotti
"Baby Nursing" (1926)

In honor of my two young children and World Breastfeeding Month, a few thoughts on the work of women’s breasts.