May 25, 2016 | Rome, Italy | Clear 11°C

Speaking medicine

Medical school students face a sudden disruption in the meaning of some ingrained abbreviations.


Lost in translation

Finding solace in Kyoto also means coming to accept the language of smiles.


The art of conversating

Two people exchanging ideas can be a joy — unless you happen on an Italian mansplainer.


The war is over

Like soldiers unaware a war is over, damaged children keep fighting their fights.


Golden mean Radiohead

The Oxford quintet has returned with an album that suits the band's genius.


FEATURES

Area 51

Ship of fools

When a plane goes down, terrorism is the accusation of choice, never mind the unknowns.

American Girl

The fall

Visiting Athens comes with the sight of weeds, with a side course of hopelessness.

Milan Notebook

Circle game

Donald Trump may resemble Silvio Berlusconi, but the real parallels between Italian and U.S. politics run deeper.

Bio-Lingual

Speaking medicine

Medical school students face a sudden disruption in the meaning of some ingrained abbreviations.

Anthropos

Monitoring the aftermath

Two years after Boko Haram abucted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, part of the worry concerns their release.

In the Sticks

Last call

With few exceptions, Italian towns are shrinking and dying, with no Cotswald-style tourism to save them.

Psych Dept.

The war is over

Like soldiers unaware a war is over, damaged children carry early fights with them.

La Una

The art of conversating

Two people exchanging ideas can be a joy — unless you happen on an Italian mansplainer.

Southern Notes

Flawed nobility

Musical boycotts may make commercial sense, but they deprive audiences of the sounds and energy of protest.



LAW

Closing Argument

The "voice" of music

A trip to the America south for the French Quarter Festival turns musically personal.


FINANCE

The Economist

To have and to have not

Seeing Chinese youth with Lamborghinis in Canada doesn't minimize a malaise seemingly without end.


MUSIC

Tracks

Golden mean Radiohead

The Oxford quintet has returned to lure listeners into the fault line between twitchy anxiety and unknowable melancholia.


LIVING

Lost in Translation

Lost in translation

Finding solace and silence in Japan also means coming to accept smiles as a form of expression.

2nd Generation

Lady Gertrude

A doe-eyed guest is one thing. A doe-eyed pregnant pigeon you fall for quite another.

That's Queer

The leopard's spots

Some Italians are proudly communist — until they're faced with their children's gay choices.


AT LARGE

Divin Codino

From here to eternity

Roma's Francesco Totti is likely to get another year's playing time after a tempestuous season worthy of an opera libretto.

The Farm

What dreams may come

With the likes of Donald Trump and Mr. Murdoch calling the shots, isn't it time to embrace the ancients?

Free-Range Kid

KKK

Make fun of the Kardashian clan all you want, but you'd be smart to think it over first.


WHERETOEAT

Cornetti tales

Cornetti are not croissants, but Rome is gradually coming around to fine morning pastry.


TOURIST Q&A

On arrival

Despite moaning and groaning, Fiumicino customs isn't the problem. It's luggage.


WHAT'SON

Summer breezes

More than 250 Alphonse Mucha works in Rome, plus films in English.


FOOD&WINE

Suzanne's Taste

And the beet goes on

Beets are now the cat's meow, at least to some. But it wasn't always that way.

In Provincia

Love cake

A medieval creation, Ciaramicola is rustic cake that conceals Umbria's red-hot heart.

In Cucina

Rethinking courses

Italians are no longer eating the kinds of massive meals guidebooks suggest. Now, mixing and matching rule.

Gina's Cellar

What character!

Wine, like music, has tone and personality, but you need to learn to read its notes.


FILM

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Don't call me captain!

Tim Miller's "Deadpool" works so hard at being a satire it eventually wears away its vulgar welcome.

IN FOCUS: The Invitation

Karyn Kusama's horror-thriller has its moments, but fails to make the most of lingering menace.

1,001 MOVIES: Southbound

Four directors do a good job of situating purgatory on a California highway, until they run out of gas.


BOOKS

SCRIPTORIUM: A matter of stardust

Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has written a stunning book about physics, helping to explain the infinite.

RECENT REVIEWS: The North Water

Ian McGuire's 1859-set whaling detective story captures the 19th-century spirit of Melville and Poe.

NOTEWORTHY TITLES: The Story of My Teeth

The brilliant and ambitious Mexican Valeria Luiselli tries far too hard in her debut novel.

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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









DEMOCRACY
Ancient wisdom
POLITICS
Circle game
NOVELS
"The North Water"
PROTEST
Flawed nobility
NEW ORLEANS
Musical voices