Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

Dancing Sicilians, Dancing Satyrs

The ballroom scene in Luchino Visconti’s 1963 film version of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) is a very grand piece of cinema. It is extravagantly costumed in yards and yards of silk and satin and velvet with a sparkling splash of jewels. Nino Rota’s waltzes whirl around the ballroom showing off […]

Walls Talk – Peeling Paint and Poverty

Walls Talk – Peeling Paint and Poverty

I have walked down the streets of Palermo’s poor neighborhoods. Catania’s poor neighborhoods too. Garbage on the sidewalks and streets. Broken bottles. Discarded rags and tired, worn out underwear and jeans. Trampled plastic cups and more bottles. Plastic bags of rotting food. Buildings on both sides of these narrow streets are coming down. Plaster walls […]