A friend wrote me to say how disgusted he is with Palermo city government. Pino Lo Cascio, a lifelong friend of Piero Corrao's, sent me this picture of corpse-filled coffins waiting for burial. He says the city crematorium broke and has not been fixed, and there is no more room in the cemetery to bury the dead. "So we cannot even bring flowers to Piero's grave," he laments. Piero, my fisherman friend who appeared in both my books, smoked cigarettes most of his life and died at home in Mondello in February 2021. His friends miss him.
Heart of Palermo
Mick Jagger toured Palermo's Palazzo Reale yesterday, the seat of the regional Sicilian government, including the Capella Palatina (Palatine Chapel), according to La Repubblica online.
According to sources who escorted him and his interpreter on the tourist route through the complex he showed himself to be knowledgeable about artistic themes that came up and that he very much appreciated the treasures of the palace where Ruggero, the Norman conqueror of Sicily a thousand years ago, once lived with his harem.
The paper said that according to leaked info he has been staying at Noto, a baroque city in the province of Siracusa, as a guest on the estate of Prince Lucio Bonaccorsi and his wife, the stylist Luisa Beccaria. he has been seen traveling as a tourist around Sicily this winter and fall. Smart fellow. I wish I could have been there.