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March Travel Book Club: "An Irreverent Curiosity" by David Farley

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New York — Wednesday, March 3, 2021From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pmLos Angeles — Wednesday, March 3, 2021From 3:00 pm to 4:00 pmLondon —
StartWednesday, March 3, 2021 11:00 pm
EndThursday, March 4, 2021 12:00 am
Athens — Thursday, March 4, 2021From 1:00 am to 2:00 amSingapore — Thursday, March 4, 2021From 7:00 am to 8:00 amSydney — Thursday, March 4, 2021From 10:00 am to 11:00 am


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"This book by David Farley, who co-teaches our writing class, is about his time in Italy searching for Jesus’ foreskin.

It was a holy relic that was lost to history.

I reread it recently. It’s funny, witty, and a lot of quirky characters. David really brings people and places to life in a way that makes you realize why he’s considered one of the best in the biz.

It’s the kind of travel book that just makes you smile."

  • Nomadic Matt

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A tour through the centuries and through a bizarre Italian town in search of an unbelievable relic: the foreskin of Jesus Christ.

In December 1983, a priest in the Italian hill town of Calcata shared shocking news with his congregation: the pride of their town, the foreskin of Jesus, had been stolen. Some postulated that it had been stolen by Satanists. Some said the priest himself was to blame. Some even pointed their fingers at the Vatican. In 2006, travel writer David Farley moved to Calcata, determined to find the missing foreskin, or at least find out the truth behind its disappearance.

Farley recounts how the relic passed from Charlemagne to the papacy to a marauding sixteenth-century German soldier before finally ending up in Calcata, where miracles occurred that made the sleepy town a major pilgrimage destination. Blending history, travel, and perhaps the oddest story in Christian lore, "An Irreverent Curiosity" is a weird and wonderful tale of conspiracy and misadventure.

David Farley writes about food and travel for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Newsweek, and National Geographic, among other publications. He's the author of "Underground Worlds: a Guide to Spectacular Subterranean Places" and "An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church's Strangest Relic in Italy's Oddest Town," which was made into a documentary by the National Geographic Channel. He's taught travel writing at NYU, Columbia University, and currently teaches an online writing course on NomadicMatt.com.

Connect with David:
— Website: http://tripout.online
— Twitter: http://twitter.com/davidfarley
— Instagram: http://instagram.com/davidfarley7

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