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Editorial
Editorial
A Past That’s Not Even Past
LetiziaAiros
Our cover story is about “Grandparents
and Grandchildren in Italian America,”
a series of conversations available this
summer on TV and online at
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Italy.org.
Why Grandparents and
Grandchildren?
Why focus on grandparents and their
special rapport with grandchildren?
Because in our sped up, digitally
warped, all too often superficial world
with its illusion of occupying an
“eternal present,” what constitutes
a real transmission of identity is our
relationship with our grandparents,
with the past that’s not even past,
as William Faulkner famously put it.
If our identity is not founded on the
past, we can neither face the present
nor plan for the future responsibly.
Especially if we happen to possess
a history of immigration. As Italian
Americans do. Or, for that matter, most
Americans. The master narrative that
our grandparents convey can broaden
horizons and break down cultural
divides, something we all need today.
Those are the reasons behind the
project we kicked off on
Italian
National Day
at the Consulate General
of Italy in New York—a series of
videotaped conversations between
grandparents and grandchildren
produced by i-Italy in collaboration
with ABFE (the National Italian
Association of Emigrant Families) and
with the support of Italy’s Ministry
of Foreign Affairs. The first video –
previewed in this issue and available to
watch on TV (Sundays at 1 PM on NYC
Life Channel 25) and online – features
New York’s first Italian grandmother,
Matilda Cuomo
, mother of current
Governor Andrew Cuomo and wife of
former governor Mario. Matilda chats
with
Amanda Cole
, one of her 13
grandchildren.
Given our plan to grow this project into
a major collective journey through the
Italian soul of America, we’d like you
to come along for the ride. Here you’ll
find instructions on how you can get
involved. We’re counting on ALL of you!
A New Breed of Italians
We also have our eye on how the
present is shaping the future, thanks
to an exclusive conversation with
the new Italian Ambassador to the
United States,
Armando Varricchio
,
who talks about his current projects,
including his ambition to bring together
the traditional immigrant community,
American Italophiles, and the growing
number of people who split their time
between the US and Italy—Amb.
Varricchio calls them “Italians of a New
Italy.” Read the article and watch the
original video on your smartphone by
scanning the QR code.
Ambassador Varricchio’s ideas
serendipitously overlap with the thrust
of another new series launched in this
issue, “Italian Citizens of the World,”
which showcases young Italians living
in America, young Americans living
in Italy and young Italian-Americans
caught between both countries, no
longer just culturally but also physically.
Technically speaking, these new Italians
are neither emigrants nor expats.
Instead they’re “frequent flyers” who
shuttle between the two countries,
always carrying a return ticket in their
back pocket. Our first story features
New York graphic designer
Claudia
Palmira Acunto
and her husband, the
photographer
Mauro Benedetti
.
Eating Italian
And there’s so much more in our
summer issue. For many, summer
spells vacations, picnics, and lighter
fare. That’s why we’re bringing you the
best Italian
panini
in New York. We’ll
also tell you what Italians are dishing
out at New York’s Summer Fancy Food
Show in our interview with ICE Director
Maurizio Forte
. The show is geared
toward traders and producers rather
than the general public, but it’s the
perfect place to catch a glimpse of what’s
on its way to American dinner tables. So
stay tuned for more as the i-ItayTV crew
gets there to reportat the end of June.
Other foodie events this summer
include a pasta cook-off organized by
the association of Italian chefs in New
York. Try not to salivate over
Luciano
Pignataro
’s description of the event nor
over our interview with
Nicola Farinetti
,
who gives us the scoop on the imminent
opening of Eataly NYC’s second location.
Italian Reads
Summer also means more time to
read. Aside from our usual roundup
of offerings in English, we’re featuring
a review of two fantastic reads still
only available in Italian:
Giorgio Van
Straten
’s curious study of lost books and
Antonio Monda
’s novel about a tortured
priest, set during Muhammad Ali and
George Foreman’s famous showdown.
Let’s hope both books are translated
soon!
Gargano Quartet
My editor’s note usually begins with a
poem. Not this time, alas. But you can
flip to page 73. At the end of our Tourism
Special about Gargano you’ll find four
short poems by the famous “Poet of Two
Lands”
Joseph Tusiani
, a New Yorker
of Pugliese descent, who describes his
homeland in rare, never before published
verses in English, Italian, Pugliese
dialect and Latin.
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In conclusion I’d like to thank everyone
following us on the web (
.
org), on TV (NYC Life) and in print (hint:
you’re holding it in your hands!). Our
readership is growing by the day. We
now have almost
200,000 followers on
Facebook
alone! Americans love Italy. It
stands to reason they’d love i-Italy, too.
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Grandparents and grandchildren attend a presentation of the project at the Consulate General
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