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Christine Forte
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Christine studied extensively at two different US universities to obtain degrees in subjects relatively unrelated to her interests. When questioned about this, she always stoically maintains that said degrees have contributed immeasurably to her development as a human being.

After deciding to get a bit more education in the culture of Europe, Christine has been living and traveling in Italy, wherein she has focused her energies on improving both her wine-tasting abilities and her Italian language skills: sometimes simultaneously.

A covert bookworm, her passions include the literary and historical, which combine to form her next life goal: to write a brilliant historical epic.  In the fall of 2008 she hopes to begin working on an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Universities interested in supporting this venture should contact her without delay.


Features

Monday, February 27 2006

'Writing Illness' Cured: Interview with Paul Levine

Thriller author Paul Levine swapped his big-time legal career for the life of a full-time writer. His friends thought his foolish -- he says he had no other choice.


Monday, February 27 2006

'Writing Illness' Cured: Interview with Paul Levine

Thriller author Paul Levine swapped his big-time legal career for the life of a full-time writer. His friends thought his foolish -- he says he had no other choice.


Columns

Tuesday, September 11 2007

Come fa ridere: The Geography of Italian Humor

No kidding, Italians are notorious for their regional rivalries, even when it comes to humor.


Wednesday, August 1 2007

In Orario: How to Be In Time in Italy

One could easily go hungry for lack of planning in certain parts of Italy. Best to learn the Italian concept of time if you want to survive here.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

Foreign Invasion

In addition to the usual season of turisti, Italy is seeing an influx of immigrants, including the relatively well-heeled.


Reviews

Monday, May 8 2006

Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C. Esposito

As Esposito explains, a fearful crowd is far more dangerous and deadly than a calm one.


Tuesday, March 28 2006

Kiss Tomorrow Hello: Notes from the Midlife Underground by Twenty-Five Women Over Forty by Kim Barne

What could be more valuable for a young woman than the learning experiences of those who have gone before?"


Tuesday, February 14 2006

Are You Made For Each Other? by Barbara and Allan Pease

The idea of a book full of quizzes that promise to determine the quality of a relationship is symptomatic of a culture that runs screaming at the thought of personal responsibility.


Monday, October 31 2005

Secrets of the Widow's Son: The Mysteries Surrounding the Sequel to The Da Vinci Code by David A. Sh

This is hardly hard-nosed scientific non-fiction. And Shugarts's first person narrative style can be unbalancing for readers after just that.


Thursday, August 25 2005

The Perfect Manhattan by Leanne Shear and Tracey Toomey

The novel, in spite of its tendency to linger on the shallow side of appearances, makes some very telling points about life in the Hamptons.


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