April 17, 2014 | Rome, Italy | Clear 9°C

The death of a Saab

Judging a California coastal town by its glitzy inhabitants leaves out the surprise happy ending.


Elbow-to-elbow

A Bologna women's penitentiary program gives hardcore inmates a chance to shine.


Radical Tittle

When in doubt, have darts installed, or maybe a few small Canadians and a rear eye.


Virtual flowers

It's the thought that counts, but 21st-century thoughts rarely smell like roses.


Latin smoldering

Understanding what ails Venezuela means digging deep into past and present.


FEATURES

Area 51

Poof

A computer icon making a whooshing sound can give secrets a voice.

In the Sticks

L'agrodolce vita

More than ever, tourist visions of Italy and the real Italy are universes apart.

Bio-Lingual

The taut line

Working in biomedical research can mean stretching the limit of all you consider moral.

La Straniera

True lies

A New York subway rant can seem toxic until you pause to take it apart.

Fuori Mappa

Elbow-to-elbow

A Bologna penitentiary program is opening the door to women inmates.

Milan Notebook

It's my ball

When "the lady" can't write the column, the dog takes over: after all, it's his life.

American Girl

Boy toys (on the pitch)

Playing with the boys (on the field, that is) is no laughing matter in Italy.


BROTHERLY LOVE

Once-upon-a-time


LAW

Closing Argument

Cartwheels

Bates College student John Durkin was killed in Rome, but Rome didn't kill him.


FINANCE

The Economist

Venezuelan snapshot

Understanding what ails the South American country means digging deep into past and present.


SPORTS

The Game

Red mist

Some players are bad news, and Daniel Pablo Osvaldo belongs to that disliked elite.


LIVING

Lost in Translation

Virtual flowers

Sure, it's the thought that counts, but text thoughts rarely smell like roses.

2nd Generation

The globalization of Alexandra

As American friends dwindle, new cultural influences intervene to inform.

Parenthood

Downloading iKids

Putting limit your kids' video time can sometimes seem like an exercise in futility.

That's Queer

Head in the sand

Too often, it is fathers who let their children down when it comes to LGBT understanding.

L-Word

Consummation of convenience

Getting errands done for you on a cold night can unexpectedly turn up the heat.


AT LARGE

Rye Wyt

Radical Tittle

When in doubt, have darts installed, or maybe a few small Canadians and a rear eye.

Wonderland

A first step

Cutting down on flying miles can let you travel back into family, at a time when it matters.

Nomad

The death of a Saab

Judging a California coastal town by its glitzy inhabitants leaves out the happy ending.

The Farm

A can of worms

An armada of worms can be nature's simplest and best answer to waste disposal.

Letters

"To be impossibly blatant..."

"I must tell you about this new idea of mine and how ... you are involved..."


MUSIC

Tracks

Cream, rising

Madlib and Freddie Gibbs, YG, and Chimurenga Renaissance make it a hip-hop spring.


WHERETOEAT

Let's do drinks

The pinnacle of style in the 1930s, cocktails are making an Eternal City comeback.


TOURIST Q&A

The power riddle

Deciding whether 3 kilowatts suffices in your flat depends mostly on appliances.


WHAT'SON

Spring has sprung

Amadeo Modigliani paintings in Rome, also films in English.


FOOD&WINE

In Cucina

Beating the rap

The dining possibilities near the Vatican and in nearby Prati are unfairly underrated.

Tasting Notes

California Latin

In Ojai, near Santa Barbara, a dinner with friends gives Italian wines a chance to shine.

Suzanne's Taste

Brotherly love

A gregarious, food-loving brother remembered for the very best of times.

Da Germano

The restful pen

The "art" of finding a place to sit and write still has a few havens in otherwise loud Rome.

In Provincia

Fit for a queen

Beautiful experiences can make you want to make wonderful things to eat.


FILM

IN FOCUS: Ninotchka

Ernst Lubitsch got the best of Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas on the eve of World War II.

NOW&THEN: Elysium

South African Neill Bloomkamp never gains traction in a hackneyed sci-fi fantasy.

ON FILM: Hell and salvation

Welcome to darkness in the forest, darkness in space, and a "pro-life" future.


BOOKS

SCRIPTORIUM: Other language, other self

Rome-born Francesca Marciano uses her global reach to seek meaning in identity.

FICTION PICKS: The Melancholy of Resistance

Lázló Krasznahorkai's majestic whale and circus story portrays decay as a virtue.

DON'T MISS: Battleborne

The debut of Claire Vaye Watkins offers a withering view of the contemporary American southwest.

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









WRITING
Rome cafes
HOMEWARD
The Bat Quilt
LAW
The Durkin case
FOOTBALL
Bad boys
LETTERS
Love in type