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What Does Feeling Italian Have to do with the Monongah Mine Disaster?

(09 12 2016) Joan L Saverino

Autobiographical account of the intimate connections and disconnections among Italy, West Virginia, coal, and Italianness.

The Key to Great Story Telling. Thanks to Alphonso D'Abruzzo (aka Alan Alda)

(22 05 2011) Darrell Fusaro

Although I'm not a huge Alan Alda fan I do know he lives in New Jersey and his real name is Alphonso D'Abruzzo. Since he and I had the Italian New Jersey connection I was curious...

A Tourist Visits Italian in California

(16 11 2010) Joseph Sciorra

In recognition of co-blogger, Laura Ruberto, who intelligently expounds on West Coast iterations of Italian America, I offer my touristic encounter with things Italian in the...

Bologna 1977

(10 03 2009) Joseph Sciorra

Images and sounds from an extraordinary time.

What’s his name?! What’s his name?!

(18 02 2009) Joseph Sciorra

Italian-American naming traditions of abandonment, reclamation, nicknaming, and forgetting.

Blogging Obama

(05 11 2008) Laura E. Ruberto

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

Backyard Figs from Brooklyn

(28 09 2008) Joseph Sciorra

In which this blogger says nothing more profound than he really, really likes figs.

Sending a Telegram to the Pope

(20 08 2008) Joseph Sciorra

Power, Humor, and the Triumph of the Lower Bodily Stratum.

Watching Mob Movies with my Fourteen-Year-Old Son

(29 07 2008) Joseph Sciorra

A “teachable moment” about mafia realities and representations.

Watching “Serpico” with my Thirteen-Year-Old Son

(01 07 2008) Joseph Sciorra

Musings on heroes, role models, and the Italian-American imaginative.

A Californian Goes East

(28 04 2008) Laura E. Ruberto

A look at Oakland's Italian American neighborhood and what it might tell us about Nutley, New Jersey.

Tags I Like

(01 04 2008) Joseph Sciorra

In joyous celebration of April’s National Poetry Month and Fool’s Day, I offer these four “found poems” made entirely from tags I found on

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