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Japanese Love Affair

March 3, 2010

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A couple of years ago, when I first began hanging out with the Mercer Street irregulars after a magical Clementines gig at The Room Upstairs in Princeton, W.Va., I fell in love.

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3 Italian Tattoos

February 17, 2010

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I would also recommend knowing a bit more Italian than I did before negotiating tattoo prices in Rome. A tale of three tattoos in Rome in Summer 2008.

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Giovanna e Angiolino

February 15, 2010

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In loving memory of my Italian forbears, I offer this YouTube video. I will know I have honored them better when my Italian improves beyond just understanding the curses.

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Snowdancing

February 11, 2010

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I am a snowaholic, I admit it. It’s when the snow is falling thick, I heart it most. Here’s a music video for my fellow snowaholics.

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Time Ago in Italy

February 4, 2010

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Here’s the YouTube version of a stroll through some religious iconography in Milan, Venice, Verona and Rome in Summer 2008, titled “A Time Ago: Church and Empire from Milan to Rome”. (I just wanted to use the word ‘iconography’ once this month.) I much prefer the full-screen SoundSlides version of this audio slideshow, with its […]

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Andy Dick Updated!

February 3, 2010

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A bizarro animated piece on comedian Andy Dick’s arrest comes from one of the coolest action news teams on planet Earth. From taiwan. Really.

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Some Coliseum Jazz

January 28, 2010

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An visit by day to the Roman Coliseum and by night to the nearby Villa Cellimontani for an evening of jazz within strolling distance of one of Rome’s greatest views.

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Medieval Help Desk

January 11, 2010

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Help desk support back in the Middle Ages soon after books were introduced, taking over from scrolls. Too funny.

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Italy and a Song

January 9, 2010

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“I Won’t Be Famous” was written in a Rome apartment as my son and his cousin discovered the pleasures of Italy after hours.

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An Appalachian photographer in Rwanda

November 8, 2009

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A video interview I did with West Virginia Paul Corbit Brown, on his work among the street kids orphaned by the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Paul is one of the angels of Appalachia.

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