The Captain’s Log Project is a wonderful radio program on KXCI, Tucson. It explores listeners’ reflections on life in the age of COVID-19. The show’s producer, Amy A., invites her audience to check in with brief transmissions describing what they are doing, how they’re feeling, and what they’re eating. I’ve loved the concept from the very start. This is what public radio is all about.
In April I wrote and read a short essay for CLPvolume 2. Last week Amy wrote to ask if I’d like to check in with an update. That aired last night on volume 11, which is available for streaming here.
I’d like to thank Amy A. for her wonderful work on the program—and for thinking of me.
This work examines the history of Montenero val Cocchiara, Italy, a rural mountain town that has stood since the tenth century. Di Marco spent years researching and writing the book, but, given that it is about his ancestral homeland, in many ways Mundunur is the work of a lifetime.
We see the land and its people, the hope and the suffering, the faith and the corruption that mark Italian history. Through images, stories, and historical records, we come to understand the people’s joy, humor, and sorrow.
Di Marco’s prose is clear and insightful—and sometimes opinionated. It’s a wonderful book.