California Wine Country Podcast Launch

I recently finished launching the California Wine Country podcast, for my clients at Vicario Productions. The podcast website is here and it can also be found on iTunes, Android, Stitcher (any day now) and more. The podcast is recorded live on the radio Wednesdays at 5pm Pacific time, so the podcast has all of the […]

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Moldy Cheese

These forms of provolone cheese have the wrong kind of mold on them. These pictures were taken recently, in an Italian grocery store somewhere in the USA. No self-respecting store in Italy would ever display them like this. I checked with several Italian friends and over a dozen of them agreed, including a shopkeeper who […]

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The Madame X Rocket

John Singer Sargent first showed his portrait of Virginie Amélie Avegno Gatreau at the Paris Salon of 1884. More than 130 years later, the gigantic figure of Sargent’s masterpiece was launched into orbit on the thrust of hundreds of tiny pixels. The Madame X Rocket was built as a joint effort of the Royal Society […]

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Roman Coins of Tiberius

This post started as a test page for the blog on this site. Now that we’re more set up, I hate to delete it. So here it is. Here are some Roman coins of Tiberius. First, here is a denarius, a silver coin. The term for this coin is the root of the Italian word […]

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How to Pronounce Tagliabue

The name Tagliabue is often pronounced “TAG-lee-a-bu” in American English. The former NFL Commissioner’s surname is pronounced “tal-ya-BU-eh” in Italian with the accent on BU. To an Italian speaker, the American way to pronounce Tagliabue with the hard G sounds harsh. The name means Butcher; Taglia means cut and bue means steer, so it means “steer […]

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Machiavelli’s Belfagor: my English translation

I have translated Niccolò Machiavelli’s Belfagor the Archdevil into modern English. Here is a link to the page on this site where you can read it. The novella Belfagor is short, only 3220 words in the original, and barely 4000 in translation. My translation is as clear and faithful to the original as I could […]

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