THE FIRST THREE POSTS
OR, HOW IT ALL BEGAN
590 Days and Counting
May 2, 2021 | Eccomi
The other night, I sat glued to Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, watching the first show in the TV series for the umpteenth time, thanks to CNN’s generous rebroadcast schedule. When Stanley headed to the Amalfi Coast with his wife Felicity and described, once again, their love of spaghetti alla nerano, my mouth started to water, followed by my eyes. It was then I finally understood my problem. I am Starving for Italy. More accurately, after 590 days away from Italy – and counting – I am …
Starving for the First Time
May 4, 2021 | Eccomi
When I found myself watching over and over again the episodes of Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, I realized I was Starving for Italy. Within a few days of the diagnosis, I decided to launch this blog and share my love and longing for Italy with others who share my condition. We’ll cure ourselves together. As I described in my inaugural post, I fell for Italy following a first vacation thirty years ago to Milan, Venice and Cortina d’Ampezzo with my best friend Janet. …
Becoming A. S. Furbetta
May 6, 2021 | Eccomi
I met with literary agents for the first time 25 years ago in Bologna at the annual book fair held there. I had an idea for a book based on my experiences working for an investment bank in Milan, which I pitched as a cross between Liar’s Poker and A Year in Provence. I decided I needed a pseudonym before discussing the project and chose A. S. Furbetta, the writing name I use today. I chose Furbetta out of fascination with a central component of Italian culture, fare il furbo …
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