Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

Falcone's remains secretly moved to Palermo's Pantheon

June 3, 2015

Tags: Giovanni Falcone, law, anti-mafia, judge, killed, assassinated, coffin, mve, cemetery, San Domenico

The remains of anti-mafia Judge Giovanni Falcone, killed by the mafia and the state 23 years ago, were moved in a secret ceremony from the family mausoleum in the Sant' Orsola Cemetery to a place of honor among Sicily's finest historical figures in the Church of San Domenico, Palermo's Pantheon, in Via Roma near the heart of the old city.

Eternal Embrace

May 16, 2014

Tags: naufragio, refugees, dead, drown, shipwreck, heart, embrace, undersea, Sicily, Mediterranean, racist, grave, cemetery, marine, coast guard, documentary, film, video, European Union, laws, care, love, death

Watery grave, heart's embrace

This is a freeze frame from a video taken by Italian Coast Guard rescue and recovery divers of two refugees who died embraced on the floor of the Mediterranean Sea just off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa on Oct. 3, 2013, after the worst tragedy in those seas since 2000. Three hundred sixty-six people drowned together that day.
In this picture, two of them face each in what was left of their embrace. The empty space between them forms a heart. They died (more…)

Gioacchino Cataldo before he was rais

May 1, 2012

Tags: Gioacchino, Cataldo, Favignana, cemetery, rais, red carnations.

Gioacchino on his way to place flowers on the graves of Favignana's former raises.
I followed him on my bike and wrote about it in Mattanza. Honest to God, he was like a character straight out of the movie Quo Vadis.

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