Katherine Wilson is an actress and writer living in Italy. She goes on Italian TV regularly to “explain” US politics and culture from an American prospective, a job that requires multiple espressos, proseccos, and talented makeup artists.
Her memoir, Only in Naples, tells about her experiences as an American feminist in the kitchen of her Neapolitan mother-in-law.

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You’re about to turn 12. Naturally, you roll your eyes when I launch into speech — “Mom’s getting hyped!” you warn your brother. You’ve gotten very good at dodging my monologues, so I’m writing you a letter. This way, I don’t have to watch the eye roll, and I know that you’ll read it all the way through because… THERE’S A HIDDEN SURPRISE IN THIS LETTER (ONE THAT IS NOT IN ALL CAPS) THAT RELATES TO A SHOPPING TRIP AND GETTING A

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This is the third time I am beginning this essay. It’s a shame, because the other two times I sat down to write it, I slid effortlessly into the zone, producing hilarious and insightful sentences that you would have loved. That’s what it felt like, at least. Now when I read them I’m not exactly sure what I was trying to say. I am currently out of the zone - so far away that it feels like another planet -

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I’ve heard it said often in Italy that women are superior to men in every way, and that the corruption and inefficiency that exists in this country is a direct result of men being in control of the public sphere. Things work at home, where women rule. This is uttered by both Italian men and women, without a hint of doubt or frustration. There is simply an Old World tone of that’s the way it’s always been and that’s the

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