When Italians Chat, Hands and Fingers Do the Talking
Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
The politician Nicola Cosentino at a news conference in January.
Published: June 30, 2013
ROME — In the great open-air theater that is Rome, the characters talk with their hands as much as their mouths. While talking animatedly on their cellphones or smoking cigarettes or even while downshifting their tiny cars through rush-hour traffic, they gesticulate with enviably elegant coordination.
From the classic fingers pinched against the thumb that can mean “Whaddya want from me?” or…
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