This hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, Jean Feraca talks to a perfoming artist about food and growing up Italian-American in the Bronx.
- Annie Rachele Lanzillotto, writer and artist
- Barb 11/20/07: "I thought your guest Annie Rachele Lanzillotto was wonderful! Such raw talent!! I thought you Jean, you were very mean to the guest. At one point you mentioned that Annie didn't know what you were talking about--'and don't say that you do--because you don't' or something very close to that. What is that about? Who is the guest? I was taken aback on many occasions. Annie had a lot! of very powerful things to say..were you really listening to her? You mentioned the Christ in Concrete idea--interesting I had just been reading about that book on Amazon..and now have ordered it. Annie is not stupid--and many ways I believe she was spoken to, corrected, and interrupted too many times."
Jean's reply: "Dear Barb, I couldn’t agree with you more –- Annie Lanzillotto is an amazing talent. My whole purpose in putting her on my show was to celebrate how great I think she is and to share her with as many people as possible. I am aggrieved that you mistook my very Bronx way of interacting with her as 'mean.' Mean it was not. A colleague of mine who was also from a Manhattan borough once gave me a tee-shirt that said, 'I AM being nice –- I'm from New York.' There are very distinctive cultural differences between the Midwest and New York City. People from the Bronx have a more spirited, more colorful way of communicating. Sometimes they insult each other as a way of expressing appreciation. What you heard as 'mean' was what Annie and I understand as loving and deeply appreciative. I was showing her off for your benefit and hers, and celebrating my own Bronx roots at the same time. Thank you for writing, and thank you for loving Annie as I do. I hope you’ll come back to Here on Earth where you’ll be hearing more from Annie Lanzillotto, and people like her, people of the heart."
- Sean 11/18/07: "I caught your interview with Annie Lanzillotto. I loved the way you and she presented Italian Americans as well as her style and passion."