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Italy Depressed by News Story Calling Italy Depressed

Portrait of Italian malaise hits a nerve
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2007 7:12 PM CST

(Newser) – In a self-referential moment, the New York Times interviews its own reporter, Ian Fisher, about the nationwide soul-searching set off in Italy by Fisher's Dec. 13 article that depicts Italians as wallowing in a collective funk. Fisher's description of a dispirited national mood has prompted an impassioned response from all corners.

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Fisher has seen reactions from Umberto Eco, Sophia Loren, and the Catholic Church, among many others. Most ordinary Italians who e-mailed him about the article, Fisher says, "thanked me for writing it," while politicians slammed the article as "parody" and non-Italians who'd vacationed in Italy wrote insisting that Italians are very happy people. (Read more Italy stories.)

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