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Truth, More or Less

Causes of my grandmother’s lifelong limp – the one that afflicted her right leg (or maybe it was her left, memories contradict) – are lost to time and the Sicilian aptitude for turning the ordinary into the legendary. Consider the Tale of Uncle Benny’s Toe. It chronicles an American tourist in Rome who suddenly is laid low by an infection in the big toe of his right foot; his wife, whose Italian is better, explains to the hotel staff that a doctor is needed – l’alluce! aiuto, per favore! A…

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Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Blurred Nationalities across the North Atlantic

Long before the mid-nineteenth century, thousands of people were constantly moving between the United States and British North America, and Leghorn,…

Mio Men

Mio Men

In kinder, gentler times, there was a man who came around on his truck to deliver what I liked to…

The Beauty of the Unknown: The Work of Giuseppe Di Leo

The Beauty of the Unknown: The Work of Giuseppe Di Leo

The Artist There is a mystery inside of every one of us. A place that we can’t begin to understand…

Walking Code – The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town

Walking Code – The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town

In The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town: Folklore and the Performance of Modernity (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004. 183…

Want to Speak a Second Language Without an Accent? Learn It Before You Turn Seven

Want to Speak a Second Language Without an Accent? Learn It Before You Turn Seven

Early childhood is the best time to learn a second language, according to Dr. Laura Ann Petitto, a neuropsychologist and…

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