Euro 2016, won by cautious Portugal, was much ado about stingy defense, but there's no shame in that.
Gay civil unions represent progress, but children remain hostages to Catholic morality.
Failure to listen to your gut (and an angry woman) can land you in awkward situations.
After the Brexit vote, only one thing is abundantly clear: nothing is in fact settled.
Donna Leon's 25th Commissario Brunetti mystery plunges into Venice's deep water.
Vision is a joy to take for granted until your orbs rebel and leave your world an altered place.
Tumultuous weeks seem to have little impact on Milan's sacrosanct rites of summer.
The author, who has worked with the Model United Nations, argues that knowing the past is more fundamental than ever.
The end of a medical student's first year brings reflections on the meaning of the word "practice."
At times that call for decisions we're sometimes governed by an inner chorus of powerful voices.
The Second Amendment isn't embraced in passing, it's part of a deeply held way of life.
BACK TO THE AVALANCHE
Until the tumultuous rule of Henry VIII, church and state controlled where your possessions went after death.
With Brexit dust settling, only one thing is absolutely clear: nothing is in fact settled.
With the release of " Wildflower," an Australian band finally ends a 16-year drought.
Passion can be more thrilling than words. But listen to the words when they do come.
A writer's love of Michael Phelps resurfaces just in time for the Rio Summer Olympics.
Gay civil unions are step in the right direction, but they still leave the matter of children in the hands of Catholic morality.
In the Sticks
When you have an unwanted cat visitation, evasive measures are essential. But what if they don't work?
Entertaining a visitor means telling him about the rude violence of Brooklyn's streets.
Lost in Translation
Failure to listen to your gut feelings (and an angry woman) can land you in awkward situations.
When it comes to 21st-century anxiety, seek refuge in superheroes like modern Madeline and Stone Age Ug.
Bullying makes less of an appearance in Italian rural life, but there's no clear explanation why.
Euro 2016, won by Portugal, was much ado about defense, but there's no shame in that.
Procrastination is as certain as death and taxes, just ask Menelaus and Napoleon.
Cornetti are not croissants, but Rome is gradually coming around to fine morning pastry.
Despite moaning and groaning, Fiumicino customs isn't the problem. It's luggage.
Alphonse Mucha's works at Rome's Complesso del Vittoriano, plus films in English.
For lovers of cod and cod dishes, France and Italy are natural habitats.
In Umbria, natural winemaker Roberto Di Filippo looks to the moon, and geese.
A wine's "upbringing" is essential in understanding its character, color and diversity.
When an aging relative tells century-old tales, secret stories come spilling out, some of them about violence.
On a lark, the author pitched a cheese show, and the result opened a window into a new world.
David Farr's creepy thriller about babies and unstable mothers is at once unsettling but predictable.
Tim Miller's "Deadpool" works so hard at being a satire it eventually wears away its vulgar welcome.
Alejandro Amenábar's mediocre devil-worship thriller is really an object lesson in manipulated hysteria.
Donna Leon's 25th Commissario Brunetti mystery dives into Venice's deep waters.
Jensen Beach's 15 stories are set in Sweden and convey equal doses of wisdom and melancholy.
Roberto Bolaño's understated Rome-set novella is a posthumous example of the Chilean writer's genius.