November 23, 2014 | Rome, Italy | Partly Cloudy 11°C

About Howard

A CEO may not age as gracefully as the fond memories of how you once fit into his then-infant business.


"The will of the commander..."

Chivalrous rhetoric now has but a small role in most newspaper, TV and online writing.


Mopping up

Kids are sponges, all the more reason to consider the consequences of blowing your top.


Glutenus Maximus

Automatically blaming gluten for gastrointestinal symptoms is an irrational recipe.


Marring the rainbow

Peace and gay rights may seem aligned, but Italy sends a messily colored message.


FEATURES

Area 51

Girlfriend Studies

"Frances Ha" and "The Heart Machine" reflect efforts to make sense of 21st-century big city love.

Psych Dept.

The essence of comfort

How a mother responds to a crying baby can have a profound impact on later behavior.

Bio-Lingual

Under the skin

Understanding Ebola rationally means studying how bacteria works and a virus is born.

History 102

Father of invention

Italian Antonio Meucci is overlooked in a telephone-invention saga focused on Alexander Graham Bell.

Milan Notebook

The trunk

Opening a family trunk reveals the poignant and often painful details of a century-old yesteryear.

American Girl

About Howard

A CEO may not age as gracefully as the memories of how you once fit into his then-infant business.

La Una

How, not why

People who ask you "why" you live in Italy might be better off poking at the "how."

In the Sticks

Not quite Armageddon

Recent La Maremma flooding saw too many locals prefer online posting to shoveling out.

Fuori Mappa

Angel's rise

Fashion filmmaker Stewart MacLennan uses Calvino to "reinvent" beleaguered Los Angeles.



LAW

Closing Argument

House of the heart, II

When it comes to handing down American vacation property, an LLC has its advantages.


FINANCE

The Economist

A human challenge

Dealing with immigration is fast becoming the central problem of the 21st century


SPORTS

The Game

Mr. Erotic Pea

Ever wondered what Serie A players are called in the world's only real language, English? Read on.


LIVING

That's Queer

Marring the rainbow

Peace and gay rights may seem on the same wavelength, but Italy sends a messy message.

Parenthood

Mopping up

If kids are sponges, that's all the more reason to consider the consequences of blowing your tops.

Lost in Translation

Bulls and apes

Attending a bullfight in Lisbon puts a viewer on the receiving end of bloody chess moves.

2nd Generation

Catcalled

Rome may be among the safest cities in the world when it comes to felonies, but women beware.

L-Word

Toby and Pico

After a bad New York breakup, "Look, over there. A man with a puppy dog!"


AT LARGE

Auld Lang Syne

"The will of the commander..."

Chivalrous rhetoric no longer plays much of a part in most newspaper, TV and online writing.

The Farm

Guarded

Believing in guardian angels has less to do with faeries and more with a sense of good.

Nomad

Coming of age

A Midwest city's downtown wasteland has been recharged by an unusual art competition.

Rye Wyt

Pregnant, paused

When your cousin gets a painting on the subject of eggs, try not to make assumptions.


MUSIC

Tracks

Synth man

Lecce-born Massimiliano Pagliara swears by the old to synth in the new.


WHERETOEAT

Here and there

Understanding what makes Italian cooking tick also means knowing how immigrants changed it.


TOURIST Q&A

Property taxes

Italian big city property taxes far remain lower than Paris, London or New York but are rising.


WHAT'SON

Winter beckons

Works by Normal Rockwell at Rome's Palazza Sciarra, also films in English.


FOOD&WINE

Pete Pescatore

Veritas la Jingdezhen

To get to the heart of a Chinese murder mystery, Pete Pescatore turns to liquid Great Wall.

Suzanne's Taste

Glutenus Maximus

Automatically blaming gluten for gastrointestinal symptoms is an irrational recipe.

Vino Infinito

How it all began

Learning to love wine can sometimes emerge from a childhood of hating it.

In Cucina

Marketplace rules

Putting your local market ahead of supermarkets means "relearning" how to shop.

Da Germano

Back to Club Tropicana

A song can trigger long-ago memories, and sometimes what you remember can blow you away.

In Provincia

The fifth sense

Umani is associated with Japan and MSG, but Italy has a long tradition of flavor bombs.


FILM

IN FOCUS: Stonehearst Asylum

Brad Anderson uses a Poe story to concoct a mental asylum period piece.

1,001 MOVIES: Still Alice

Julianne Moore and Kristin Stewart make a film about Alzheimer's into a powerhouse.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Shun Li and the Poet

Andrea Segre's debut feature is a meditation on the complications of immigration.


BOOKS

SCRIPTORIUM: Mixed blessings

Ian McEwan's "The Children Act" shines mostly when one case comes front and center.

NOTEWORTHY TITLES: The Betrayers

David Bezmozgis takes a page from Graham Greene and Brian Moore in this moral thriller.

RECENT REVIEWS: The Voice Imitator: 104 stories

Thomas Bernhard's one-page stories are strange and bitter realms unto themselves.

ITALY AND ITALIANS: Zeno's Conscience

Italo Svevo's remarkable Zeno Cosini has the pedigree of a 21st-century neurotic.

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









GUARDED
Angel on call
MIGRATION
The challenge
ITALY
How, not why
THE MIND
Kid comfort
NEIGHBORS
The breakup