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Pun-Loving Costumes

Pun-Loving Costumes

October 30, 2014


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Stretch your linguistic muscles and don’t be afraid to look like an idiom this Halloween — all you need is some craftiness, and you’ll be sew ready to show off your threads (and leave your friends in stitches). For those of you who have yet to find your alter ego this Halloween, I have offered ...

Italian-American stereotypes still persist in film

April 24, 2014


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The late and great film critic Roger Ebert, a local boy who did good (in both senses), loved Italy, Italian culture and Italian-Americans. He visited the country frequently, admired filmmaker Federico Fellini, and felt a cinematic, Catholic kinship with an American filmmaker of Italian heritage, Martin Sco...

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

My Picture of Christmas: Feast of Seven Fishes

December 10, 2013


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When my Jewish dad married into my mom’s crazy Italian family, I think he was hoping for something similar to “The Sopranos” (his favorite TV show). To his disappointment, my mom’s rambunctious family of seven didn’t quite resemble Tony, Carmela and company. I guess there was some redemption, ...