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

in polizzi generosa the madonna wears Dolce and Gabbana

July 7, 2017

Tags: mimi dolce, gabbana, madonna, polizzi generosa, sicilia, italy

Mimi` Dolce, half of the designer team Dolce and Gabbana, was born in Polizzi Generosa, my favorite Sicilian mountain town, to a father who was a tailor there.
When the priest asked him to help repair the chapel in the chiesa madre, he paid for repairs willingly. He also designed a mourning cape worn by a statue of the Madonna during Holy Week.
To see a little taped interview with barber, priest,and old friend of Dolce in Polizzi, click on the caption and scroll down in this issue of La Repubblica. It is in Italian but you see the marvelous little town.

Silver Crown for the Madonna

July 6, 2014

Tags: silver, crown, antonio amato, artisan, madonna

Artisan working on a silver crown
An artisan in the workshop of Antonino Amato in Piazza G. Meli behind the Church of San Domenico in Palermo, autumn 2012. He is creating a silver crown for a madonna.

Procession of the Dead Christ and Sorrowful Madonna

April 19, 2014

Tags: Christ, passion, madonna, sorrowful, dolorosa, dead, Good Friday, Palermo, chiesa S. Maria La Nuova, Piazza San Giacomo La Marina



The Sicilians have a disconcerting custom of clapping for people in coffins. People they like. (more…)

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