Category Archives: Italy

Starbucks Faces Struggle to Take on Italian Coffee Traditions

My piece on the rhythms and traditions of Italy’s coffee culture has just been published at Time. Like the tides of the sea, an Italiancaffé – or bar – has its recognizable rhythms. There’s a rush of office workers at … Continue reading

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Online Life of American Murdered in Italy Spurs Theories About Her Death

My piece on murder in the age of social media has just been published by Time. The aftermath of Ashley Olsen’s death is an example of how, in the age of social media, the private can suddenly turn very public. The … Continue reading

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How 3-D Printing Is Saving the Italian Artisan

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my piece looking at how cutting-edge technology is rescuing traditional Italian craftmanship. Northeast Italy’s industrial heartland stretches roughly from Milan to Venice, along the floodplains of the Po River all the way to the Adriatic. … Continue reading

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Homelands

My short e-book for Deca on an orphan named Patience and a case for open immigration is now up for free at Longform. When I was in Liberia during the civil war in 2003, I met a four-year-old girl named Patience. … Continue reading

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In Europe, the Refugees Keep Coming

A short piece I did for Bloomberg Businessweek on Europe’s refugee crisis is in this week’s issue. On a wintry day in early February, four rubber dinghies—each loaded with more than 100 people—pushed off the Libyan coast into the icy … Continue reading

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Rome Blogger Exposes City Ravaged by Neglect

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my piece on Rome’s degradation. The neighborhood in which Massimiliano Tonelli is walking is more than 100 years old, built in central Rome shortly after the unification of Italy. Monumental buildings rise around a central … Continue reading

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Matteo Renzi: ‘Italy Will Never Be a Normal Country’

Time has also published my Q&A with Matteo Renzi. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi spoke to TIME on April 24 in his first interview with a non-Italian news organization since becoming premier in February. The conversation touched on a wide … Continue reading

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The Italian Job

My profile of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is in this week’s Time Magazine. Less than a month after Matteo Renzi was sworn in on Feb. 22 as Italy’s Prime Minister—at 39, he is the youngest in the country’s history—he … Continue reading

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Even Political Expulsion Can’t Take Berlusconi out of Politics

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on Silvio Berlusconi’s expulsion from the Italian senate. It wasn’t the first time that journalists sat down to write Silvio Berlusconi’s political obituary, and Italy’s former prime minister was making it clear he’d … Continue reading

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Why Berlusconi Will Rise Again

My piece on why it’s too early to count out Silvio Berlusconi has just been published by Time. The Sunday after Prime Minister Enrico Letta survived an Oct. 2 attempt by Silvio Berlusconi to bring down his government, Letta went on … Continue reading

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