My colleague from my days as a dictationist (1978-81) at the Washington bureau of the Associated Press, Michael Wise, who was a D.C. metro reporter there, is now a publisher, the co-founder, with Ross Ufberg, of New Vessel Press. Wise is author of many articles and a book, Capital Dilemma, from Princeton Architectural Press, on rebuilding Berlin after the fall of the wall. He has sent me a book by Salvatore Settis, If Venice Dies, to review. He sent it just as I was revving into the high gear of writing my book Lost Providence, which is now complete and sitting at History Press, its publisher, in Charleston, S.C.
Right now If Venice Dies is buried under the avalanche of books, plans, papers, articles and other research material beneath which the bed of our guest bedroom groans. I expect soon to find it and review it, but in the meantime here is an interview with Settis by Simon Worrell for National Geographic. Included with the interview are 3 1/2 minutes of pure bliss – a video of Venice by Rene Caovilla. Settis eloquently describes the threats facing Venice, from cruise ships to rising seas to tourism overkill – on all of which I will express my opinion in my eventual review, after I find my own copy of the buried book. The video demonstrates why Venice should not die.