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From Old Neighborhood to Old Country: Vito Marcantonio Goes Transnational

By Roberto Ragone

The Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF) achieved transnational status—a step towards transcendence—for the Italian-American politician known as the People’s Congressman, prego to an invitation to participate in “European Capital for One Day – Picerno: Capital of Human Rights” (“Capitale Europea per un Giorno – Picerno: Capitale dei Diritti”), a conference that took place from April 9 to 11, 2019, in his Italian ancestral home. Picerno is where Vito Marcantonio’s mother, Angelina Dedobitis, was born as were the parents of his American-born father, Saverio Marcantonio.

The Vito Marcantonio Forum was founded on October 3, 2011. Over the ensuing eight years, its goals have been steadily accomplished. Among these successes was the naming, on December 2017, of the northeast corner of the intersection of East 116th Street and Lexington Avenue, “The Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner.” At this site Fiorello LaGuardia—when he served five terms in Congress for East Harlem from 1922 to 1932 before serving as the greatest mayor in the history of New York City from 1933 to 1945. Congressman Vito Marcantonio, and the candidates endorsed by Marcantonio gave campaign speeches on Election Eve. Both LaGuardia and Marcantonio believed that the ritual of giving campaign speeches the night before Election Day at that location brought them good luck.

The naming of the Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner represents acknowledgment of the Congressman, his political heritage, and his historical importance in the public sector. This is a symbolically significant act that helped to reverse the historical obliteration of his name and contributions after he died during the anti-Communist hysteria of the 1950s. 

News of that “Lucky Corner” achievement reached the Marcantonio family’s hometown of Picerno, in Basilicata in Southern Italy, that triggered a series of communications that concluded with the aforementioned invitation.

From left to right: Frank Marcantonio, Gale Brewer, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Christopher Bell, LuLu LoLo Pascale, Gerald Meyer, Gloria Quinoñes, and Roberto Ragone.

The government of Picerno, led by Mayor Giovanni Lettieri and Deputy Mayor Giusy Marisco, obtained funding from the Matera Foundation for a three-day conference featuring academic and artistic presentations about the life and times of Vito Marcantonio. The Conference’s related themes, which were rooted in Italian culture and history, showed the Congressman’s continued relevance to the United States and Italy. Matera, also located in Basilicata, had been selected in 2019 as the European City of Culture in celebration of its historical landmarks and archaeological ruins. in light of this decision , the foundation provided opportunities for local towns within the region, like Picerno, to apply for cultural and historical project funds.

The participation of VMF’s honored member Gary Bono and its co-chair Roberto Ragone was written into the budget.

Some months before plans for Picerno’s conference were finalized, Ragone had performed his one-man show—The Purgatory Trial of Vito Marcantonio—to a sold-out house in New York City. His play garnered significant attention through several online publications of the show’s review. 

The conference included a presentation about a book entitled, Etica del Dialogo (The Ethics of Dialogue) by a local author, Gennaro Curcio, which was followed by panelists’ commentary, including Carmine Curcio and Renato Cantore, who was among the first in Picerno to establish contact with the VMF.

The book presentation was held in a historic building where Picerno’s Municipality Council Meetings have taken place, but has now been modernized, for use as a major public venue. 

Saverio Romeo, a Picerno-raised, London-based technology consultant (who coincidentally bears the same first name as Marcantonio’s father) gave Bono and Ragone a tour of that same historic building. This occurred during the book presentation. This historical building includes a cinema library, a display of folk artifacts, including traditional dress from the different towns of Basilicata, and gallery space exhibiting art in the impressionist style by a local artist, Giuseppe Faraone.

Romeo interpreted the various presentations and served as tour guide to organizations, exhibits, and landmarks in the area, including a historic monastery overlooking Picerno.  

Bono and Ragone encountered townspeople who knew that Marcantonio’s intellectual mentor, Dr. Leonard Covello, also from the Potenza area of Basilicata, came from Avigliano, a town south of Picerno.

One woman informed Ragone, “Vito Marcantonio e il mio bisnonno (great grandfather).” 

Older signage for street named Vito Marcantonio; prior to the ceremony with new signage .

Romeo also introduced Bono and Ragone to the Associazione Insieme Onlus (Together Nonprofit Organization), administered by Maria Elena Bencivenga, which helps people with physical and mental disabilities. This organization has curated an exhibit explaining important areas of Picerno’s post-World War II history, including the structure of the Italian constitution, the political martyrs who fought against the Mafia in Italy during the same epoch, and the campaign they fostered against organized crime. 

Romeo also brought Bono and Ragone to a technical high school, Albert Einstein Technical Institute for Electronics and Telecommunications, administered by Domenico Gravante, and housed in a building constructed with funding from the United States after the devastating earthquake of 1980. 

Bono and Ragone took part in a presentation organized by a teacher at the Institute, Dorina Ripullone and Simona Uagli, who interviewed the VMF members for a radio show/podcast.

Left to Right: Ragone, Bono, Renato Cantore, and Saverio Romeo after the book presentation.

Bono and Ragone watched a PowerPoint presentation about Marcantonio prepared by students, and a radio interview (using audio and photos) with one student portraying Marcantonio and another student interviewer asking questions about the past and a few miscellaneous questions about the present (for example, “What is your favorite sport?” “Soccer, of course,” replied Marcantonio.)

Students prepared questions for Bono, Ragone, and Dr. Carmine Curcio: a prominent heart surgeon and arts philanthropist who has published a two-part booklet: one part, summarizing parts of Dr. Gerald Meyer’s, Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician; and the second, a selection of speeches drawn from Annette T. Rubinstein’s, I Vote My Conscience, a compendium of excerpts from Marc’s Congressional speeches, radio addresses, and defenses in court.

The VMF’s ambassadors participated in other activities, including a panel moderated by Cantore, an honorary VMF member, with Bono and Ragone discussing the significance of Vito Marcantonio politically, symbolically, and culturally—to the historical trends of all those in the United States, and Italy, who are seeking a better life for all their categories.

View of Matera, the official European City of Culture from 2012.

The people of Picerno and, more broadly, the region of Basilicata rebelled against the monarchy in the revolutionary movements of 1799; and in contrast to many other municipalities in the south, voted in favor of the Republic as opposed to a Constitutional monarchy in the plebiscite following World War II.  

Panelists even found parallels between Marcantonio’s dedication to public service and the political careers of Antonio Gramsci and Niccolo Machiavelli.   

The scholarly panel was followed by a theatrical program that included Ragone dramatizing Vito Marcantonio’s July 1942 speech defending Italian Americans against discrimination during World War II. In this speech, Marcantonio called those who discriminated against Italian Americans and all other minorities of “playing Hitler’s game.” It just so happened that among the selections Dr. Carmine Curcio translated was the speech Ragone dramatized. This facilitated actor Ernesto Luongo’s rendering this discourse in Italian.  

Artistic Director/Actor Paolo Curcio and Luongo then performed their sketch with actress, Loredana Marcantonio (no relation), wherein two characters explain to a rather dense third character the importance of Vito Marcantonio.

A second sketch entailed bored elementary and high school students sitting against a wall, beneath a sign saying the street is to be renamed for Vito Marcantonio. They share their limited knowledge until a youngster emerges from behind the wall portraying the young congressman to tell them his own story.

The evening concluded with remarks from the Mayor, who invited Ragone to speak. Ragone revealed that his family is from the other side of the mountains from Picerno, in the Diano Valley, in the Salerno province in the Campagnia region.

He used some of the dialect both regions share. Speaking in a mixture of English, Italian, and the Neapolitan dialect, Ragone said: “Vito Marcantonio was a true progressive connected to the people. He wasn’t like some contemporary, elitist liberals that my parents would probably call ‘chiarfuzzi’ (snot noses) – ‘la gente con il nazo a l’aria’ (the people who’ve got their noses up in the air).”

The last day, Luciano Figliuolo and Prospero Carella, who had picked up Ragone and Bono at the airport, escorted them on a tour of Matera. This remarkably well-preserved town with a Biblical essence that served as a set for Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion, produced in 2004, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s, The Gospel According to Matthew, produced in 1964.

More importantly, Matera was featured in Carlo Levi’s Christ Stopped at Eboli – a loosely autobiographical novel that promoted a scandal that caused the Alcide De Gasperi Administration to remove people living in caves without electric light and running water to homes made for human beings. Levi’s work exposed the scandal as did his sister, a doctor in Torino. Many of the impoverished locals’ families have resided there for decades (perhaps centuries), but were moved to modern housing elsewhere in the town. In the 1960s this history became the focus of preservation and tourism efforts. These efforts led to UNESCO citing Matera’s great significance. When we arrived in Matera, we encountered that there was an exhibit space showing the paintings of Carlo Levi in Matera not far from the entrance to the ruins. 

From left to right: Dr. Carmine Curcio, Gary Bono, Deputy Mayor Giusy Marisco, Mayor Giovanni Lettieri, Actor Ernesto Luongo, Roberto Ragone, Artistic Director/Actor  Paolo Curcio, Actress Loredana Marcantonio.

The visit to Picerno is not only part of a campaign of vindicating Vito Marcantonio as the unsung hero eradicated from history, but also one that validates the investment in emotion, intellect, time, and energy by members of the Vito Marcantonio Forum, which is dedicated to disseminating and sharing knowledge of the life and work of Vito Marcantonio and his mentors, Fiorello La Guardia and Dr. Leonard Covello. The VMF has striven to correct the historical record, which most often has ignored or misrepresented Marcantonio’s unceasing work on behalf of those left out of the American Dream  The VMF applauds his courageous fight for a more authentically democratic United States of America and in the invaluable and important frame of reference for coalition-building. 

The Vito Marcantonio Forum appreciates the hospitality of the people of Picerno, and the people of Picerno feel the same way about having advocates in the United States. As knowledge of Marcantonio grows globally, other interested parties will emerge who appreciate the universal application of his humane brand of politics.

Roberto Ragone

A VMF Member’s praise for the article above:

What a magnificent job this illustrated article is. Molte grazie to all who produced it, especially to Roberto Ragone, who has the makings of a professional journalist. I plan to pass it on to certain persons who will profit and learn from it.

I was especially impressed by the achievements of the native Italians who are contributing to the dissemination of the narrative and legacy of Vito Marcantonio. Their sophistication and cosmopolitan culture should not surprise anyone. After all they come from Basilicata, an integral part of Magna Graecia — the cradle of ancient Greco-Roman civilization — the foundation of our Western civilization. Vito had all that legacy in his DNA!  His very name is Marcus Antonius in the original classical Latin! How asleep are all those who are unaware and/or indifferent to this unparalleled heritage, especially Italo-Americans!  What a magnificent job this illustrated article is. I was especially impressed by the achievements and contributions of the native Italians who are contributing to the dissemination of the narrative and legacy of Vito Marcantonio. Their sophistication and cosmopolitan culture should not surprise anyone. After all they come from Basilicata, an integral part of Magna Graecia — the cradle of ancient Greco-Roman civilization — the foundation of our Western civilization. Vito had all that legacy in his DNA!  His very name is Marcus Antonius in the original classical Latin! How asleep are all those who are unaware and/or indifferent to this unparalleled heritage, especially Italo-Americans!  Enough said!  

Adolfo Freda

UPCOMING VMF EVENTS

1) Sat. November 2, 2019: A screening of Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread): A People’s History of the Italian American Experience. The director, Gianfranco: Norelli and producer, Suma Kirien, will lead a post-screening Q & A. This event will take place at the Mulberry Street Public Library, from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Free admission; light refreshments served. 
2) Sat. December 7, 2019: “Paul Robeson and Vito Marcantonio: Martyrs of McCarthyism
.” This multimedia event will bring dramatic presentations, film, and music to cast light on the shameful persecution of two great American icons. With Maria Lisella, Gerald Meyer, Roberto Ragone, Stephen Siciliano, and more! Time and venue will soon be announced. Stay tuned!

The Vito Marcantonio Forum meets no more than seven, two-hour meetings per year. For the last eight years, this investment of time and effort has produced approximately 60 public events. The VMF has also encouraged educational and cultural production. Please consider joining us in these efforts by contacting us at VitoMarcantonioForum@gmail.com

DUE TO A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, THE PURGATORY TRIAL OF VITO MARCANTONIO HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Arsenio Ragone (1924-2018)

Dear Friends,

My father, Arsenio Ragone (1924 to 2018), passed away. Here is all the
information for anyone who will be available to attend the wake or the
funeral.

My father was passionate about life and brought a certain artistry and
entertainment value to his singing, dancing, banter/comedy, and even
his merchandising, whether it was transacting over livestock as a
young man in Teggiano, Salerno, Italy or selling imported Italian
shoes to customers in the Bronx.

Wake:
John Dormi & Sons
1121 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 863-2000

You can check the website for directions.

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/bronx-ny/arsenio-ragone-8073116

If you are taking the subway, please note it is the Morris Park stop and NOT THE Morris Park/180th Street stop. Stay on the train ONE EXTRA STOP FROM MANHATTAN to get off at the correct stop.

Monday, December 3,
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 4
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Funeral Mass:
10:00 am – 10:30 am

ST.CLARE OF ASSISI CHURCH
1027 Rhinelander Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to St, Jude’ Children’s
Research Hospital at
https://www.stjude.org/about-st-jude/faq/how-can-i-donate-to-st-jude.html

Thank you for the kind words of sympathy received so far.

Please note that my December 9 event has been postponed.

Roberto Ragone
President / Consultant, Ragone Enterprises and Productions – Strategy,
Marketing, Public Relations – Actor, Writer, Producer, Impresario –

917-923-4765 | roberto.ragone@gmail.com
http://www.ragoneproductions.com | Skype: RagoneR2

Gil Fagiani

A beloved founding member of VMF, passed away peacefully on April 13th, 2018, at 2am, after a courageous struggle against cancer.

There will be a wake on Sunday in Queens, NY and the burial will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx on Monday.

In respect for Gil Fagiani, the VMF event scheduled for Saturday at 2pm, has been rescheduled for May 12th at 2pm, at The Community Room at the Mulberry Street Public Library.

WAKE FOR GIL FAGIANI:
Sunday, April 15 @ 2-5PM & 7-9PM
Quinn’s Funeral Home
35-20 Broadway, Long Island City, NY 11106
Contact Phone: (718) 721-9200
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/…/thomas-m-quinn-sons-…/1315
GIL FAGIANI FUNERAL:
Monday, April 16 @ 11 AM
Historic Woodlawn Cemetery
4199 Webster Ave & 233rd St., Bronx, NY 10470
(718) 920-0500
https://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org
Stephen: Siciliano’s uplifting obituary:
http://marcantoniana.blogspot.com/2018/04/gil-fagiani.html

DEDICATION OF THE VITO MARCANTONIO LUCKY CORNER

The VMF is proud to announce: Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, invites you to the dedication of the Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner, E116th St. and Lexington Ave. this Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM.

Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner

There will be a reading of the poem, “Litany of San Vito,” by Gil Fagiani that will be performed by: Christopher Bell, (English), Maria Lisella, (Italian), and Gloria E. Quiñones (Spanish). Other talks include:

  • Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner street namingLuLu LoLo Pascale “Personal Memory of Marc.”
  • Dr. Gerald Meyer: “The Lucky Corner: Its History, Its Future.”
  • Roberto Ragone: “Marc for Mayor, at the Lucky Corner.”
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council: Dedication.
If you would like more information on the history of Lucky Corner, see Gerald Meyer’s article:  http://www.vitomarcantonio.com/vm_lucky_corner.html 
Vito Marcantonio Lucky Corner
Street Naming
Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 1PM-2PM
E116th Street & Lexington Ave (Northeast Corner)
New York, NY 10029
We cannot thank everyone for their hard work and dedication. See you on Sunday at 1PM!
Sponsored by:
The Speaker of the New York City Council & The Vito Marcantonio Forum
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Join us for a stage reading of “Waiting for Lefty” on Dec 10th, 2017.
You can contact us for details on any of these events, however, we really would appreciate you reading everything here first:
WAITING FOR LEFTY
Sunday, December 10th at 3pm at
The Roy Arias Stages (2nd floor)
777 8th Ave between 47th and 48th Streets
Tickets will be $10 at the door.
or a reservation can be made by emailing
Directed by Art Bernal with an introduction by Gerald Meyer and an epilogue by Roberto Ragone as Vito Marcantonio, this stage reading will be dedicated to Marcantonio, who was born on December 10, 1902.

 

i-vote-my-conscience by annette t rubinsteinChelsea Rising Reading Circle | Dec 20th, 6PM-8PM
On the third Wednesday of every month, The VMF has been sponsoring a reading circle run by Co-chair Gerald Meyer, on I Vote My Conscience by Annette T. Rubinstein.
There is no admission charge and being that this is the final installment in the series–this event will end with a celebration with food and beverage provided–so don’t miss it!
Penn South Reading Room
339 W 24th St
New York, NY 10011

The Vito Marcantonio Forum / Chelsea Rising Reading Circle

i-vote-my-conscience by Annette T RubinsteinThe Vito Marcantonio Forum and Chelsea Rising are sponsoring a joint Reading Circle that meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM in Penn South’s Community Room at 339 West 24th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves., closer to 9th Ave.). The Community Room has its own entrance which is under an awning proudly announcing “Community Room.” We will convene our fourth session on Wed. July 19TH 2017 at 6:00 PM.

Our text, I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, edited by Annette T. Rubinstein, is an invaluable source for all those interested in studying the life and work of seven-term, American Labor Party (ALP) Congressman, Vito Marcantonio, who courageously represented East Harlem and the entire American Left.

I Vote My Conscience presents: useful Introductory matter; excerpts from Marcantonio’s debates and speeches from each of his seven terms in office; a special section on his work on behalf of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican people; and lastly excerpts from his legal briefs for W. E. B. DuBois and other victims of McCarthyism. In addition to his Congressional work, Marc served as Chairperson of the ALP, and ran for Mayor in 1949, under its banner.

The June 21st session will focus on Marcantonio’s Congressional speeches and debates from his third term in office, pp. 137 to 168. Copies of I Vote My Conscience will be on sale for $10, or can be purchased in advance by sending a $13 check to Gerald Meyer 381-2nd St. Brooklyn. 11215.

Upcoming VMF Event

Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread), the best full-length documentary film ever produced about the Italian-American experience, will be screened on Sat. August 12, from 1:00 to 4:30, with a Q&A with its director Gianfranco Norelli and co-producer Suma Kurian, at the Community Room of the Mulberry Street Public Library located at 10 Jersey Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets). Free admission/light refreshments served.

Next Reading Circle will be June 21, 2017 at 6PM in NYC.

The Vito Marcantonio Forum  / Chelsea Rising 

The Vito Marcantonio Forum and Chelsea Rising have launched a joint Reading Circle that meets on the third Wednesday of the month @ 6:00PM in Penn South’s Community Room at 339 West 24th Street (between 8th  & 9th Aves., closer to 9th Ave.). The Community Room has its own entrance which is under an awning proudly announcing “Community Room.” The Reading Circle’s second meeting was as successful as our first. We will convene our third session on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 6:00PM. 

Our text, I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, edited by Annette T. Rubinstein, is an invaluable source for all those interested in studying the life and work of seven-term, American Labor Party (ALP) Congressman, Vito Marcantonio, who courageously represented East Harlem and the entire American Left.

I Vote My Conscience presents: useful Introductory matter; excerpts from Marcantonio’s debates and speeches from each of his seven terms in office; a special section on his work on behalf of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican people; and lastly excerpts from his legal briefs for W. E. B. DuBois and other victims of McCarthyism. In addition to his Congressional work, Marc served as Chairperson of the ALP, and ran for Mayor in 1949, under its banner.

The June 21st session will focus on Marcantonio’s Congressional speeches and debates from his first second in office.  Copies of I Vote My Conscience will be on sale for $10, or can be purchased in advance by sending a $13 check to Gerald Meyer 381-2nd St. Bklyn. 11215.

Gerald Meyer, Co-Chair VMF

VMF and Chelsea Rising Launch Reading Circle!

The Vito Marcantonio Forum  and the Chelsea Rising will launch their joint Reading Circle on Wed. April 19 @ 6:30 in Penn South’s CommunityRoom at 339 West 24th Street (between 8th & 9th Aves., closer to 9th Ave.). The Community Room has its own entrance which is under an awning proudly announcing “Community Room.” 

Our text, I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, edited by Annette T. Rubinstein, is an invaluable source for all those interested in studying the life and work of the American Labor Party (ALP) Congressman, who represented East Harlem so well. I Vote My Conscience presents: excerpts from Marcantonio’s debates and speeches from each of his seven terms in office as the; a special section on Marc’s work on behalf of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican people; and lastly excerpts from his legal briefs for W. E. B. DuBois and other victims of McCarthyism. In addition to his Congressional work, Marc became Chairperson of the ALP, and ran for Mayor in 1949, under its banner.

Marc’s eloquence, brilliance, and political acumen resulted in his becoming the Spokesperson for the American Left. He fell dead outside City Hall Park at fifty-one years old.

Our first session will discuss the front matter (two introductions and bio of Annette) of I Vote My Conscience. Copies of I Vote My Conscience will be on sale for $10 at our meetings or in advance, by mail by sending a $13 check to Gerald Meyer 381-2nd St. Bklyn. 11215.

Subsequent meetings will be held on the third Wednesdays of each month. Wed. April 19; Wed. May 17; Wed. June 21; Wed. July 19; Wed. Aug. 16; Wed. Sept. 20; Wed. Oct. 18; Wed. Nov. 15; Wed. Dec. 20.

Gerald Meyer, Co-Chair VMF

Beloved Comrades: Annette Rubinstein & Vito Marcantonio: March 3rd, 2017

Gerald Meyer and Stephen Siciliano

Present

Beloved Comrades: The Political and Personal Partnership of Annette T. Rubinstein (1912-2007) and Vito Marcantonio (1902-1954)

Sponsored by the Vito Marcantonio Forum (VMF)

Annette Rubinstein“Beloved Comrades: The Political and Personal Partnership of Annette T. Rubinstein and Vito Marcantonio” is a presentation by Gerald Meyer, author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, and Stephen Siciliano, screenwriter and novelist, that explores the relationship of the renown Marxist literary critic and the seven-term American Labor Party congressman from East Harlem. The event will take place on Saturday March 4, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, in the Community Room of the Mulberry Street Public Library, 10 Jersey St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Sts.). Meyer will discuss the relationship between the seven-term American Labor Party Congressman and the political activist, Marxist literary historian, Siciliano will explore Annette’s analysis of Percy Shelly and Lord Byron, who Annette proved were revolutionary poets. The event will be chaired by Gil Fagiani. Free Admission / Light Refreshments

Gil Fagiani, a founding member of the VMF and co-curator of the Italian American Writers Association, is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently, A Blanquito in El Barrio.
Gerald Meyer, a Co-Chair of the VMF and Prof. at Hostos Com. Col. (CUNY), is author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, co-editor of The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism, and numerous articles.
Stephen Siciliano, a founding member of the VMF, is the author of Vedette or Conversations with the Flamenco Shadows andThe Sidewalk Smokers Club, who also writes for Marcantoniana: Items from the Life and Times of the Marvelous Vito Marcantonios.