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The celebrities of Mount Carmel Cemetery

About 20 miles west of Chicago, in Hillside, IL, lies a huge plot of land. It’s Mount Carmel Cemetery and it’s the final resting place of many famous characters whom most of us know from history and through numerous books, … Continue reading

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The Family Corleone, by Ed Falco

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is my all-time favourite book. This masterpiece has taught me a lot about writing, and of course about the life of old-school Italian-American “businessmen” in New York. What makes it even more astonishing is that Puzo … Continue reading

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Cuba, part II: Our man in Havana

Back in the 1940ies, Graham Greene wrote the first version of his story that later became known as “Our Man in Havana”. Interestingly though, the first version of the story was set in 1938, in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, … Continue reading

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Tua famigghia ancora porta il nome di Corleone…

… e tu sempre devi di rispettare ‘e cose di famigghia. That’s what Michael Corleone told Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather, Part II. Mario Puzo didn’t pick the town of Corleone, some 40 miles south from Palermo, as the home … Continue reading

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