July 29, 2016 | Rome, Italy | Sunny 26°C

Less is more

Euro 2016, won by cautious Portugal, was much ado about stingy defense, but there's no shame in that.

Children of a lesser god

Gay civil unions represent progress, but children remain hostages to Catholic morality.

Betraying the gut

Failure to listen to your gut (and an angry woman) can land you in awkward situations.

Little Englanders

After the Brexit vote, only one thing is abundantly clear: nothing is in fact settled.

Dripping wet

Donna Leon's 25th Commissario Brunetti mystery plunges into Venice's deep water.


Area 51


Vision is a joy to take for granted until your orbs rebel and leave your world an altered place.

Milan Notebook

Summer, ascending

Tumultuous weeks seem to have little impact on Milan's sacrosanct rites of summer.


In need of history

The author, who has worked with the Model United Nations, argues that knowing the past is more fundamental than ever.


Preparing to help

The end of a medical student's first year brings reflections on the meaning of the word "practice."

Psych Dept.

The once and future king

At times that call for decisions we're sometimes governed by an inner chorus of powerful voices.

Southern Notes

Guns and culture

The Second Amendment isn't embraced in passing, it's part of a deeply held way of life.


A musical return


Closing Argument

The crown's will

Until the tumultuous rule of Henry VIII, church and state controlled where your possessions went after death.


The Economist

Little Englanders

With Brexit dust settling, only one thing is absolutely clear: nothing is in fact settled.



The Avalanche returns

With the release of " Wildflower," an Australian band finally ends a 16-year drought.



Anatomy of a banishing

Passion can be more thrilling than words. But listen to the words when they do come.

2nd Generation

Crushes of old

A writer's love of Michael Phelps resurfaces just in time for the Rio Summer Olympics.

That's Queer

Children of a lesser god

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

The cat, the mayor, the plot

When you have an unwanted cat visitation, evasive measures are essential. But what if they don't work?

American Girl


Entertaining a visitor means telling him about the rude violence of Brooklyn's streets.

Lost in Translation

Gut, betrayed

Failure to listen to your gut feelings (and an angry woman) can land you in awkward situations.

La Una

Give me my heroes

When it comes to 21st-century anxiety, seek refuge in superheroes like modern Madeline and Stone Age Ug.


The Farm

Rule by mum

Bullying makes less of an appearance in Italian rural life, but there's no clear explanation why.

Divin Codino

Less is more

Euro 2016, won by Portugal, was much ado about defense, but there's no shame in that.

Free-Range Kid

Do I have to?

Procrastination is as certain as death and taxes, just ask Menelaus and Napoleon.


Cornetti tales

Cornetti are not croissants, but Rome is gradually coming around to fine morning pastry.


On arrival

Despite moaning and groaning, Fiumicino customs isn't the problem. It's luggage.


High summer

Alphonse Mucha's works at Rome's Complesso del Vittoriano, plus films in English.


Suzanne's Taste

Thank cod it's Friday

For lovers of cod and cod dishes, France and Italy are natural habitats.

In Provincia

Di Filippo's magic

In Umbria, natural winemaker Roberto Di Filippo looks to the moon, and geese.

Gina's Cellar

Character references

A wine's "upbringing" is essential in understanding its character, color and diversity.

Da Germano

Gangs of Rome

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

In Cucina

Lessons in cheese

On a lark, the author pitched a cheese show, and the result opened a window into a new world.


IN FOCUS: The Ones Below

David Farr's creepy thriller about babies and unstable mothers is at once unsettling but predictable.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Don't call me captain!

Tim Miller's "Deadpool" works so hard at being a satire it eventually wears away its vulgar welcome.

1,001 MOVIES: Regression

Alejandro Amenábar's mediocre devil-worship thriller is really an object lesson in manipulated hysteria.


SCRIPTORIUM: Dripping wet

Donna Leon's 25th Commissario Brunetti mystery dives into Venice's deep waters.

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Jensen Beach's 15 stories are set in Sweden and convey equal doses of wisdom and melancholy.

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Roberto Bolaño's understated Rome-set novella is a posthumous example of the Chilean writer's genius.

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