Basilio Korman / 07 Jul 2023

Twilight of a Populist

The End of Silvio Berlusconi

It’s often written that Silvio Berlusconi’s political fortunes lasted almost thirty years, from 1994 to his death in 2023. But this is not true.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 13 May 2020

The Power of Failing

Lorenzo Senni’s Scacco Matto

Scacco Matto sounds like a mosaic of Europop hits from the early 1980s. The album is made from pieces so tiny, their arrangement so abstract, that it transcends the referentiality of so much postmodern music.(...)

The Battleground / 05 Jul 2019

The Appeal of Victory

Italy’s Strongman Complex: The Brando Benifei Interview

Salvini is always the winner. Peruse most major news media on the 2019 EU elections, and when you hit Italy, it’s always the case.(...)

Sean Quinn / 19 Jun 2019

Circular Firing Squads

The Self-Defeating Italian Left

The corpses of security guards lay strewn among broken glass and crumpled cars on Via Fani. A dead body, displayed in fetal position, in the trunk of a red Renault 4 and a dejected, thin-faced man with a wry smile posed before the flag of his captors.(...)

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