March 29, 2015 | Rome, Italy | Sunny 18°C

It's hard to love a chicken

Start with a rapacious dog, then add an evil cat named Jim, and all you're left with is a mouse — and maybe a chicken.


The Italian dream

Many Italians left for Australia, but coming "home" can prove anything but smooth sailing.


Little list of wonders

The Acropolis, Mayan ruins and Sahara dunes are joined by a cookbook (and strawberries).


Mommy the Martyr (retired)

When mommy goes to London, two sons stay behind. Can dad manage? Read on.


Snap, crackle, words

A morning's work in a sprawling "garden" can nurture expression, and kindle writing.


FEATURES

Area 51

Katagiri's folly

Cockpit sanity is old problem that has reared its head only occasionally, as it did once in Japan.

Milan Notebook

The FATCA follies

To get at overseas fat cats, the IRS created FATCA — but average expats suffer the hurt.

Psych Dept.

One good relationship

For kids from troubled backgrounds, one person can help change a life.

American Girl

A human condition

The goings-on in a New York City subway car can bring out the worst (and best) in people.

Bio-Lingual

The creative knife

Some surgeries are imaginative enough to incorporate the genetics of great art.

In the Sticks

The Italia dream

Many Italians left for Australia, but coming "home" can prove anything but smooth sailing.

La Una

Snap, crackle, words

A morning's work in a sprawling "garden" can nurture expression, and kindle writing.


RAPID TRANSIT

The subway lab


LAW

Closing Argument

Chips must fall

The Amanda Knox case heads for a possible final reckoning as Italy's top appellate court prepares to rule.


FINANCE

The Economist

Unconditional surrender

The role President Franklin Roosevelt played in engineering the still-standing world order can't be downplayed.


MUSIC

Tracks

Ego and perseverance

Drake can be at once exasperating and exciting, but above all he's a consummate survivor.


LIVING

2nd Generation

The Danish phase

Does falling in love with a country while you're on vacation from Rome qualify as cheating?

Lost in Translation

Exhausting intimacy

Too little sleep and too much flying can lead to an unexpected choice of pillows.

Parenthood

Mommy the Martyr (retired)

When mommy goes to London, two sons stay behind. Can dad manage? Read on.

That's Queer

The survival argument

Those who bash homosexuality as a hindrance to the human species ignore the larger picture.

L-Word

Unplanned

Nick and Mary had decided to visit all 50 states, until another kind of visitation intervened.


AT LARGE

The Farm

It's hard to love a chicken

If it isn't a dog, it's a cat, but sometimes a pet brings no joy, let alone luck.

Rye Wyt

I also have a saw!

When you offer to help with home improvement in Rome, it helps to get the key words right.

History 102

No love lost

Pillars of Renaissance art, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were anything but bosom buddies.

Fuori Mappa

Re-used, with love

A group of Bologna women is busy recycling clothes and household items so that nothing goes to waste.


WHERETOEAT

Cheese differences

Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gran Padano share a venerable lineage but they're definitely not twins.


TOURIST Q&A

Property taxes

Italian big city property taxes far remain lower than Paris, London or New York but are rising.


WHAT'SON

Spring hints

In Genoa, a look at 20th-century German expressionism, also films in English.


FOOD&WINE

In Cucina

The right to write

Blogging has changed how food trends circulate, but the value of old school cookbooks endures.

In Provincia

Little list of wonders

The Acropolis' Caryatids, Mayan ruins and Sahara dunes are now joined by a cookbook.

Suzanne's Taste

March-ing orders

Welcome to a month that (like it or not) wants you to see yourself more clearly.

Da Germano

Pumpkin man

Dealing with a sore throat and pondering hooligans means cooking up soup from the goat store.

Vino Infinito

Snow and the man

Once you're hooked on wine and skiing, life becomes all about getting more of both.

Pete Pescatore

Red side of the tracks

When parsing Milan's underworld connections gets dicey, think Argentine red, as in Malbec.


FILM

IN FOCUS: The Duellists

There's plenty of style to spare in Ridley Scott's Napoleon-era first feature.

1,001 MOVIES: Wild Canaries

Laurence Michael Levin's screwball comedy is neither screwy nor particularly funny.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Noir as night

Dan Gilroy's "Nighcrawler" offers up an credibly amoral character, but it's ugliness that wins out.


BOOKS

RECENT REVIEWS: The Dream of My Return

A paranoid Salvadoran expat in Mexico City dreams of going him — but conspiracies come first.

NOTEWORTHY TITLES: The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro's tame Arthurian allegory ultimately shortchanges its considerable promise.

SCRIPTORIUM: Doerr's luminous light

Despite some overwrought trimmings, here is a World War II book with a vision.

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

Everything you need to know about visiting or moving to Tuscany, Italy.









TAXES
The FATCA follies
MEMORIES
Snow and wine
THE MIND
Power of one
TRAVEL
Sleep wimp
WORLD
FDR's legacy