Missed Roman Holiday

Bravo Family in Rome (October 1980)

Bravo Family in Rome (October 1980)

A few months before I was born my family went to Italy to witness the beatification of Don Orione, the namesake of my brother’s school at the time. My mom loved recounting how since she was pregnant with me people were always touching her stomach and someone even said her baby would be very religious. As long as I can remember these anecdotes annoyed me to no end: I couldn’t believe my family went on this European holiday without me. Continue reading


Long Live Desplat!

My review of news this morning included a delightful piece by Dana Stevens on Slate about the French composer Alexandre Desplat. I could barely contain my excitement as she not only went through Desplat’s catalog but also the work of other composers I enjoy. In the course of any given day I listen to at least 7 hours of film scores. It’s what I read to, think to, write to, and as a grad student sometimes cry in frustration to. Continue reading