September 2018
The DeepRead

Welcome to Issue 2 of The DeepRead, a newsletter dedicated to book-lovers & Italophiles. It's my pleasure to share recent news & developments. I look forward, as always, to hearing from you.

Cordiali saluti / Happy Fall,

Letter from Italy

I was honored to spend the Fall 2017 semester in beautiful Florence, where I was a Fellow at Harvard's Villa I Tatti. Highlights of my time included a talk at NYU Florence (see pic below), and an interview with the Florentine magazine here.

Transcendent Art

A highlight of my time in Italy was seeing the stunning Brancacci Chapel, painted mostly by Masaccio. It was like an "art school" in the Renaissance: Michelangelo, Botticelli, and Leonardo, among others, went there to study the work. Here's one of its gorgeous scenes; if your travels take you to Florence, I cannot recommend seeing this work highly enough.
Brancacci Chapel
Click here for Giorgio Vasari's famous "vita" or bio of Masaccio.
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Joseph Luzzi
What's New
Listen to This

It was a joy to speak on the Italian American Podcast as part of "the conversations that help us keep our Italian American traditions alive."

Listen  here.
My Two Italies

Hot Off the Press...
Here's my piece in Read It Forward on how great literature like Dante's
Divine Comedy  can help us move "beyond grief."

Recent Italian Fiction...
Take a look here for my NY Times review on some of the best new Italian writing.

Seen in Florence...

Botticelli's "Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci"

il Duomo