I’m a dual Italian-American citizen living in Italy. I write a monthly column, Man About Rome (where I lived for eight years), for The American, an online magazine about Italy and Italian life from an American – but not only – point of view. I advocate free speech, free thought and separation of church and state.
I write a lot on this blog about atheism. If you’re unfamiliar with it, atheism is a philosophical position offering an outlook independent of belief in a God or gods, the supernatural, etc…and, in case you were curious, I’m an atheist of the rationalist-materialist variety. If you’ve read the book Doubt: A History, I answered no to all the questions in the Introduction; if not, go read it. Books are irreplaceable.
If you disagree with me – and I hope some of you do – feel free to comment. Your opinions are welcome and will receive a response, unless they are blatantly idiotic or offensive. Snark is fine; discussion should be fun and invigorating. Nasty, insulting language will only get you ridiculed if it gets you anything. And please, try to be clear and get to the point.
The opinions expressed on this blog are mine. They do not reflect the views of my wife, mother or employer. I am not a spokesperson for any association. It’s just me ranting, trying to make sense of the world around me. I hope this is clear.
Some personal information
I consider myself culturally Jewish; and no, a Jewish atheist is not a contradiction. I love Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. My favorite band is the Velvet Underground. My favorite food is bagels-and-lox. I drink lots of coffee, love the beach and read voraciously. The last novel I really enjoyed was The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson (subject to change). Laughter is the spice of life, pace Epictetus.
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I also write and translate poetry. My work can be read in Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Pivot, BigCityLit, The New Formalist, Battered Suitcase, the New Yorker, the Journal of Italian Translation and Poetry Salzburg Review.
Contact me at: marcdimartino at gmail dot com. I’m not at all as misanthropic as I seem.