Edoardo Sanguineti, Poet of Genoa

Having only moved to Liguria a couple of years ago, I have also only recently become aware of the great Ligurian artists, so many of whom come from Genoa, the most underrated city in all of Italy.  These include the violinist Niccolò Paganini, the Nobel Prize winning poet Eugenio Montale […]

Bleak House, or Big Books Part II

On October 11th, I promised that I’d be writing an update on my reading habits as soon as I finished the mammoth Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  On that day, I hypothesized that I probably wouldn’t be finishing it anytime before the summer, given my slow-poke reading pace and the […]


A few years ago, while visiting Ireland, we stopped at the home of my wife’s close friend Dave.  He’s got an amazing place near the coast in County Sligo, where he lives with his twin daughters.  Among his activities, he fishes for food, has started participating in old-fashioned bartering fairs, […]

Big Books 2

I just finished reading Balzac’s Lost Illusions, a classic weighing in at a relatively modest 682 pages.  I don’t remember when I started it, though at best guess it was sometime around April or May.  That’s a good 5 plus months, though I must subtract from those the six weeks […]