The Conformist

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With the Oscars soon approaching, Jesse Kornbluth reviews a 1970’s Italian film about a man who finds he can boost his own life status at the cost of another man’s life.



Alex Gallo-Brown shares the difficult adventures of three generations of men in an Italian-American family.

We Went Out to Dinner with Our Grandmother


Nicholas Miele takes on that most demanding of poetic forms–the sestina–to pay tribute to his Italian grandmother.

Simon Rodia Builds the East Tower of Nuestro Pueblo to Honor His Brother Killed in a Coal Mine Accident


In paying tribute to Simon Rodia, the Italian-American builder of the L.A. Watts Towers, William Kelley Woolfitt offers a compelling meditation on the ties that bind brothers together.

Outgrowing Ethnicity: Heritage, Xenophobia, and Being American


Adam Rabasca looks at his ethnically-mixed family and asks why Americans identify ethnicity over nationality

Ten Things I Love About My Wife

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Okay guys, here’s my list. What’s yours?

F**k Yeah! Parenting Advice from A Foul-Mouthed Father

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Doug Prochilo provides “colorful” advice for teaching children about cursing.

Making Friends


We need to start finding common ground and making friends in anti-violence efforts.

My Family’s Mafia Connection


Justin Cascio reflects on his Sicilian heritage and how it has changed through the generations.

Ten things I've learned from these Italian guys in this deli on dufferin

It’s good to be polite. Thank you very much. That’s right, very polite. What a couple of polite young guys. This twelve year old boy, I swear to God, is at the shop trying to trade in a Range Rover and a Benz. He’s some kind of emperor of Hong Kong. Twelve years old, can […]