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  • Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, has just appointed the new directors of three major Italian Cultural Institutes: in London, Moscow, and New York. The director’s office at 686 Park Avenue will now be occupied by Giorgio Van Straten, award-winning author and manager of arts associations of the caliber of the Venice Biennale and of Agis (the Italian association for the performing arts), among others.
  • Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Paolo Gentiloni, has just appointed the new directors of three major Italian Cultural Institutes: in London, Moscow, and New York. The director’s office at 686 Park Avenue will now be occupied by Giorgio Van Straten, award-winning author and manager of arts associations of the caliber of the Venice Biennale and of Agis (the Italian association for the performing arts), among others.
  • First published in Italian in 2010, well before the world-wide success of La Grande Bellezza, this debut novel from one of Italy’s most famous movie directors is a brilliant cockeyed state-of-the-nation address that captures the brand of Italian modernity after the years of “Berlusconification.”
  • On March 23, at the Italian Academy of Columbia University, a conference tried to prove that, at least on some level, young people have to opportunity to succeed in Italy: three young and successful Italian writers presented their novels, acclaimed by both Italian critics and the public.