Italy Magazine gives website a nod for Best Art and Culture Blog—again!
by Carl Russo
A YEAR AGO, I was as surprised as anyone to find myself among the Best Blogger finalists chosen by the editors of the prestigious Italy Magazine. Now I’m on the shortlist for a second straight year, so I know it wasn’t a mistake!
You see, Mafia Exposed doesn’t exactly fit in with the sunny, travel-porny Italophilia on display at the other nominated blogs. That’s not to knock my redoubtable competition—if you’re not reading this while staying in fabulous Italy, you probably wish you were.
It’s just that Mafia Exposed tries to do what its title implies: to lay bare the criminal underbelly of the country’s most intriguing region, the island of Sicily. And it’s not always pretty.
But unlike my book, this blog is more than a literal gallery of grim and spooky Cosa Nostra landmarks. It’s also a celebration of the spirit of Sicilians who refuse to live under Mafia tyranny. This spirit takes many forms, as my posts about literature, film, music and politics hopefully attest.
At least that’s my best guess why the magazine again nominated the blog in the Best Art and Culture category. They could have just as easily ignored it altogether.
If you’ve enjoyed reading this labor of love, then please take a few seconds to click on the image below and vote for Mafia Exposed!