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Articles by: Fred Gardaphe

  • You might know Anthony Valerio from his previous stories, novels and biographies, and if you do, then you’ll have found that he is a master of the love story. Whether it’s street love in Brooklyn, the historical romance between Giuseppe and Anita Garibaldi, or the illicit affair between a writer and a married woman that’s mediated by a gangster the common thread of them all is love: how people live with it and without it. In his latest work, Valerio reaches back to the Renaissance master Dante Alighieri and explores this theme in a very unique way.
  • Professore Fred Gardaphe with his Queens College students
    Much of what I think about Piero Bassetti’s notion of Italici and the term’s relationship to his equally innovative notion of the Glocal, appears in my introduction to his new book "Let’s Wake Up Italics! Manifesto for a Glocal Future," published by Bordighera Press. What follows is what I feel about this interesting idea.
  • Francis Ford Coppola on the set of The-Godfather Part-III (1991)
    If you know the lm well, you will appreciate the ideas surrounding the decisions the director made before and during the production. All in all, the value here is the unique access the Notebook gives us to the way Coppola worked, and this is the beauty of the book
  • "Built With Faith" won the first Italian American Studies Association Book Award at the annual IASA conference in Los Angeles, November 5, 2016.
    Through his engaging style, based on the best of ethnographic methods, Joseph Sciorra presents a study that reaches beyond the academic to inform and challenge us to see and react to this Italian American material culture in new ways
  • In the U.S.A., Italian American culture is often seen through the lens of gangster films. In the hands of American directors, the gangster film has created a public relations nightmare for Italian American social and civic organizations because of its penchant for romantic interpretation of crime. Because of this obsession, the Italian American community has invested more time and money in fighting fictional Italian American gangsters than it ever did fighting their real-life counterparts.
  • The actual unsolved murder of one Fred Morelli, whose immigrant father had his cigar business busted by the state for withholding sales tax, an act that drives Fred to the dark side of Italian power.
  • A master at capturing the internal and external forces that bring change into the lives of her characters Labozzetta reminds us that supernatural and the common provide ways of dealing with the ups and downs of the loves and losses of family life.