Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Encyclopedic Palace at the Outsider Art Fair

Marino Auriti's Encyclopedic Palace will be in Paris at the Outsider Art Fair, October 19-22, 2017. I doubt he would have had any use for the label "outsider"; but he would have loved the architecture of Paris. The backstory of my grandfather's great work can be read here in my 2012 post about the Venice Biennale. 

He'd have been amazed to read that his was "an eccentric if touching case of postwar America's imperial mentality (i.e. an encyclopedic palace of the world in the capital of the United States)" as whoever wrote this on Wikipedia put it. As someone who fled the Fascists and lost his homeland, he'd have found this baffling. And likely not "touching," since he wasn't someone who dealt in condescension. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thank You, Head House Books!

Vicki and Jen are cracking me up.

Thank you, Head House Books in Philadelphia, for hosting my reading on June 29th. My huge thanks to Carla Spataro for the Q&A and for Head House's Vivienne for keeping the store open late while I ran my mouth. And to everyone who came and showed me such warmth: it was a real joy for me. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Reading from Time's a Thief at Head House Books in Philadelphia

Christian Street in Philadelphia, c. 1920. My grandmother was born Maria Rachele Di Sipio somewhere on this street in 1906, before her mother took her back to her hometown of Pretoro in Abruzzo as a child. She married my grandfather Marino Auriti and later came back to the U.S, living out her years in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. But I think her heart was forever in Abruzzo. Great photo from a thread on

I'm delighted to be reading at Head House Books in Philadelphia on Thursday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. I'll be joined for a Q&A by Philadelphia Stories' editorial director and Rosemont College MFA program director, Carla Spataro (thank you, Carla!). Very much looking forward to it, and my thanks to Head House Books.