December 14, 2017 | Rome, Italy | °C

Riding for a fall

The Italian and American school systems differ in many ways, but how each interprets and copes with failure is especially telling.


In the beginning

When New York City doctor Susan Levenstein moved to Rome in dim 1978, her world changed.


Waning reach

All over the world, U.S. power is ebbing. The question is what to do with it while it lasts.


A determined man

Writer Hampton Lansden Fancher III has a life story as colorfully cinematic as his name.


The sensual banquet

American and Italian sex scandals have as little in common as Puritan ethics and Roman bacchanalia.


FEATURES

Area 51

Unvarnished darkness

Anonymous confessions are not the answer when it comes to bringing abhorrent abuse to heel.

Bedside Manners

In the beginning

When a New York doctor moved to Rome in the bleak days of 1978, it was the start of a really big adventure.

Notebook

The sensual banquet

American and Italian sex scandals have little in common, since the former are Puritan and the latter appropriately Bacchic.

Bio-Lingual

The order

A medical student's first medication order represents something of a milestone from many perspectives.

L'Americana

Pianist to poet

Once a promising pianist, the author "graduated" to verse, with key life lessons learned along the way.

Psych Dept.

Home economics

Despite feminism and greater movement toward gender equality, a mother's role still lacks vital social (and financial) prestige.


SEXUAL POLITICS

Harrasment? What's that?


LAW

Closing Argument

Dangers at face value

It's time for the Big 5 social media giants, Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to put an end to stalling and open their gates.


FINANCE

The Economist

Waning reach

Uncle Sam doesn't command the same audience he did half-a-century ago, so how then to best use his voice?


LIVING

Free-Range Kid

Riding for a fall

The Italian and American school systems differ in many ways, but how each interprets failure is especially telling.

That's Queer

Locker room codes

Joining a mixed gender Milan swim club brings out the ripple effects of sexual harassment, Italian-style.

American Girl

Pretending to remember

Meeting old friends can sometimes mean going along with imperfect recollections, but that's not what matters.


AT LARGE

In the Sticks

Gerardo Weinsteinone

(Or) how the confessions of a mad housewife also make room for thoughts on sexual harassment.

Lost in Translation

Cha-cha-cha-cha changes

Trying to hold on to a man who doesn't want to be kept is foolish, futile and an expression of low self-esteem.


WHERETOEAT

Oddball dining

Want some offbeat spots to eat in while in Rome, cats included? If so, an ample list awaits you.


TOURIST Q&A

Uber or taxis?

No matter how much you love Uber in the U.S., opt for a cab in Italy — at least for now.


WHAT'SON

Monet in Rome

Monet paintings on loan from Paris' Musée Marmottan Monet, and films in English.


FOOD&WINE

In Provincia

Hold the romance

While it's easy to idealize a "nonna" cooking for the kids in a bucolic kitchen, rural realities were different.

Suzanne's Taste

Bean here, done that

In winter, one of the world's great meat-and-bean dishes, cassoulet, can rescue you from all manner of chills.

In Cucina

All about the crunch

Italy's Jewish Quarter goes heavy on fried food, but it hardly stops there, with frying making its way into all manner of national cuisine.


FILM

IN FOCUS: Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird" gets fine work from Soarise Ronan, but ultimately flubs the script.

1,001 MOVIES: Rome Adventure

Delmer Daves' 1962 film, while no "Roman Holiday" or "La Dolce Vita," possesses its own small pleasures.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Flags and war ghosts

In a sabre-rattling age, Richard Linklater's "Last Flag Flying" may be as close as the U.S. can come to an anti-war film.


BOOKS

SCRIPTORIUM: History and mystery

In "Manhattan Beach," Jennifer Egan dives into historical fiction. And comes up with a story about people and waves.

RECENT REVIEWS: To the Back of the Beyond

In Peter Stamm's latest novel, a loving husband takes a walk from which it seems he never returns.

NOTEWORTHY TITLES: Pond

Irish writer Claire Louise Bennett's idiosyncratic "Pond" is a small masterpiece of cranky solitude.

FICTION & STORIES: Buona Sera, Uncle Ray (Rosebud, New Jersey, 1969)

"As always, he looks sharp in a creamy beige suit, white button-down shirt, fancy marinara-red tie, and brown and white two-tone shoes…"

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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









NEW FICTION
Jeff Friert
MEMORIES
What we pretend
FOOD
Crunch time
ON THE CLOCK
The bus ride
DATING
No one changes