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July 17, 2010

Panto Remembered

Joseph Sciorra
Pete Panto, 1939

A new book about the New York City waterfront recalls the Italian-American fight against organized crime.

June 21, 2010

My Italian American Museum

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Italian immigrant woman, circa 1925. Schmidt-Lorraine Studios, Chicago.

Entering into a conversation with objects.

May 31, 2010

Building Community, the Brooklyn Way

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
KAVES, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, April 14, 2010.

Meet KAVES, band leader, tattoo artist, community activist.

April 12, 2010

The Italian-American Political & Moral Bocce Club of Paradise’s Inaugural Annual May Day Dinner Dance, Gala, and Reception

Joseph Sciorra

Another blog post about a very real event parodying ongoing surreal phenomena.

March 23, 2010

Visiting 15th Century Italy with my 15-Year-Old Son

Joseph Sciorra

Gaming lessons from the Boot.

February 24, 2010

Return of the Italian-American Voldemort

Joseph Sciorra

An update from Rita Skeeter, gossipy reporter for the Daily Prophet.

February 23, 2010

Ricordando Vincenzo Ancona

Joseph Sciorra
Martha Cooper
Vincenzo Ancona, Castel del Golfo Social Club, Brooklyn, 1987.

Poet, visual artist, raconteur, singer, immigrant laborer, friend.

February 9, 2010

Found Gangster Poem

Joseph Sciorra

The following lines come from an email sent to editors who, in turn, shared it with me. The words are quoted verbatim and in the order in which they were written, but...

February 3, 2010

Fear and (Self-)Loathing in Italian America

Joseph Sciorra

The Specter of the Gavon Haunts the Prominenti.

January 25, 2010

Italianità alternativa

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
John Giorno reciting at the Calandra Institute, October 6, 2009. Co-authored by Rosangela Briscese and Joseph Sciorra.

The Italian-American “experience” is anything but singular.

January 19, 2010

Real Italians

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra, circa 1980.

A social scientist’s take on guidos, prominenti, and intellectual inquiry.

January 3, 2010

Wise Men Melchior and Balthazar banned in northern Italian city.

Joseph Sciorra

A story about racism in contemporary Italy so absurd it could be true.

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