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Eat Like an Italian

Time has just published my piece on the Mediterranean diet, and why it’s under threat. In the fall of 1957, a Minnesota doctor named Ancel Keys traveled from Naples to the southern Italian town of Nicotera. The road was long … Continue reading

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Vatican Confidential: Why Are So Many Rumors Coming out of the Holy See?

Time has just published my piece on what Italians are calling Vatileaks. Maybe the Vatican is not so good at keeping secrets after all. In the past few weeks, the Holy See has sprung a series of leaks. Their contents … Continue reading

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Grounds Zero: A Starbucks-Free Italy

Businessweek has just published a story I’ve long wanted to do: on why Starbucks has never come to Italy. If it weren’t for Italy, Starbucks might not exist. After all, it was on a business trip to Milan in 1983 … Continue reading

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The Church of Internet Piracy

I recently went to Sweden for Businessweek to find out more about the new church of Internet piracy. The article has just been published: Sweden’s newest religion may be the only faith that was born out of an insult. The … Continue reading

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A Poet’s Legacy: As Neo-Fascists Claim Ezra Pound, His Family Says, ‘Hands Off’

My piece on Ezra-Pound loving fascists has just been published in Time: The American poet Ezra Pound might seem a strange sort of inspiration for a group of Italian neo-fascists. That is, until one remembers that Pound was an admirer … Continue reading

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Why Would Anyone Want to Kill Pietro Ichino?

My story on Pietro Ichino, an Italian professor forced to live under armed guard for his views on labor reform, has just been published in Businessweek. In just about any other country in the world, Pietro Ichino’s biggest career liability … Continue reading

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Costa Concordia: As Hope Fades for More Survivors, Finger-Pointing Begins

My piece on the Costa Concordia, one week later, has just been published in Time. As hope fades for the successful rescue of the 20 people still missing a week after the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, the … Continue reading

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The Sinking of the Costa Concordia and Italy’s Rules of Safety

Time has just published my piece on what the wreck of the Costa Concordia tells us about Italy: In the wreck of the Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that rent its hull against the offshore shallows of the Italian island … Continue reading

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Catholic Tastes: The Vatican Enters the World of Contemporary Art

Time has just published my story on the Vatican’s moves into contemporary art. It wasn’t the type of gift you would normally think of for an 84-year-old Pope best known for conservative theology and critiques of secular culture. And indeed, … Continue reading

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Italy’s Labor Pains

Businessweek has just published my essay on Italy’s tortured labor market. If you want to know which of Italy’s many problems is the most daunting, look no further than the first sentence of its constitution, written in 1947, which describes … Continue reading

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