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Greetings from Mondovì: With November comes la nebbia

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE With November comes la nebbia, the fog that rises from Piemontese valleys and blankets the plain of Lombardia.  On the day before the United States presidential election I watched it form above our prato, the damp air of a chilly afternoon…

Greetings from Mondovì: October might be my favorite

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE October has been kind from beginning to end—sunny days, cooler nights and early mornings, leaves of red, gold, flame, and russet filtering the incomparable light of autumn afternoons.  As the month ends, I have taken my car…

Greetings from Mondovì: 30 days

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE September is over.  I’ve written next to nothing, but our cantina is filling up nicely with potatoes, onions and winter squashes, apples for cider, jars of salsa, fruit preserves, pickles.  Any thoughts that might have been worth…

Flowers for Varavara Rao

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GABRIEL ROSENSTOCK Letter to India (On the imprisonment of Telugu-language poet Varavara Rao) India! Does the goddess Saraswati smile When you imprison your poets When, Covid-stricken, they hallucinate Sitting in a puddle of urine? India! Is Saraswati pleased? Varavara Rao,…

Looking at trees

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MALCOLM HEBRON I once read a good story – whether real or apocryphal, I do not know – about four artists in the early twentieth century, on a painting expedition in the countryside. All had been trained in the academic…

Greetings from Mondovì: Not Wanting to Talk about It

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LESLIE MCBRIDE WILE It’s been 26 days since travel resumed between regions in Italy.  We are watching 10 new coronavirus clusters, located in every part of the country, from Piemonte, Lombardia, and Toscana to Campania, Sicilia, and Calabria.  Despite the…