January 24, 2017 | Rome, Italy | Partly cloudy 10°C

Revisiting magic

Bidding farewell to New Orleans comes with a wish that the city's Voodoo roots be examined without bias.


Rx nation

Want to know why rural Italians live so long? You can start by counting the pills.


Chocolates and scotch

New Year's resolutions can be hard to remember, let alone keep, but this year looks promising.


Friends 4ever

Girlfriends can be a woman's best friends — until a relationship with a man spikes the punch.


The revenge president

Eight years ago, some of America resisted an"alien" president. Now, revenge is here.


FEATURES

Area 51

Carnage

Eight years ago, Yes We Can celebrated with confidence. Now, it's goodbye to all that.

Psych Dept.

The color of presents

Holiday gift giving can sometimes seem a little forced, but the underlying motives usually aren't.

Southern Notes

Revisiting magic

Bidding farewell to New Orleans comes with a wish that the city's Voodoo roots receive a fairer approach.

Milan Notebook

Once upon a Christmas

Growing up in the U.S. Midwest, Christmas was a quirky mix of the vAnglo-Saxon and the Latin.

American Girl

Tree girl

As a kid, climbing a tree made you feel invincible because the world seemed to belong to you.

That's Life

Fear of falling

We all trip and fall in life, though most of us would prefer to pretend it doesn't happen.

Bio-Lingual

My mutation

When medical school isn't teaching you human anatomy, it's busy revealing who you are, and why.


ROMANTIC LOVE

Stiff-armed


LAW

Closing Argument

Detach or engage

New York performance artist Pat Oleszko refuses to take Donald Trump lying down. So she dresses up.


FINANCE

The Economist

A terrible year

Little about 2016 was encouraging. What's worse, its successor is destined to be tainted with the same problems.


LIVING

That's Queer

Doing it again

Italy's opening to gay civil unions has let couples "register" their love. But it's not easy.

La Una

Friends 4ever

Girlfriends can be a woman's best friends — until a man spikes the punch.

2nd Generation

Opera in the blood

In a chest, an author finds a family lineage of devotion to opera — and the past comes alive.

In the Sticks

Rx nation

Want to know why rural Italians live so long? Start by counting counting the pills.

Lost in Translation

Stiff-armed

Waiting for someone you're in love with "to come around" is a fool's errand in almost all circumstances.


AT LARGE

The Farm

The joy of a sunny day

For a farm-dweller in Le Marche, October two-in-a-day earthquakes, big shocks in a season of rattling, hit far too close to home.

Free-Range Kid

Being a Johnson

When you have habits that don't mesh with your family's, doubts about true identity arise.


WHERETOEAT

Ethnic revolt

Careful choices can let you beat Rome's longtime bad rap when it comes to ethnic dining.


TOURIST Q&A

The $-€ saga

For a while, it looked like the dollar might even pull even with the euro. That's now unlikely.


WHAT'SON

Into Fall

Jean Arp's works at the Museo Nazionale Romano, plus films in English.


FOOD&WINE

In Cucina

Winter victuals

Winter months call for comfort food, and comfort can mean memories and healing.

In Provincia

Citrus stories

Italy's best oranges come from Sicily, and until recently the northward trek was rare.

Suzanne's Taste

Chocolates and scotch

New Year's resolutions can be hard to remember, let alone keep, but this year looks promising.

Da Germano

Gangs of Rome

When an aging relative tells century-old tales, secret stories come spilling out, some of them about violence.


FILM

UN CERTAIN REGARD: LA, darkly

Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" is chock with music and dance, but there's a basement at its core.

IN FOCUS: Manchester by the Sea

Lucas Hedges and Casey Affleck are stalwart players in Kenneth Lonergan's brooding drama.

1,001 MOVIES: Hell or High Water

David MacKenzie's contemporary Western uses two sets of buddies to tell an outlaw story.


BOOKS

RECENT REVIEWS: How to Set a Fire and Why

Jesse Ball's study of teen alienation, while persuasive, heads for and reaches a dead end.

SCRIPTORIUM: Foer and Abraham

Jonathan Safran Foer's "Here I Am" focuses on Jewish identity while gradually widening the lens.

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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









MARRIAGE
The debate
MUSIC
Tree ghosts
GIFTS
Reading colors
2016
A terrible year
NEW FICTION
Olivia Kate Cerrone