January 31, 2015 | Rome, Italy | Light rain 8°C

Zeroing in

Expats face new challenges as the IRS and Italian tax legislation begin closing the door on hidden earnings and assets.

A world of hurt

A broken heart later, Björk's "Vulnicura" takes her back to the pathos of human relationships.

Super sized desperation

Imagine a generation of Italian youth that knows only to ask you if you want fries with that.

Life without Tyler

When no one can get your bad hair right, the known universe can seem deeply compromised.

Flavia's passion

How a dancer from Bologna landed in New York City and built a life that's true to who she is.


Area 51

Multiple moons

Many years ago, and not multiple ones, the music of words counted toward greater meaning.

Psych Dept.

Tossing out the book

Applying cognitive behavioral therapy too often can yield self-fulfilling prophecies.


Doctor talk

Medical brain stretching requires learning your words, and a father can come in handy.

In the Sticks

Super sized desperation

Imagine an entire generation of Italian youth whose default vocation is working for... Burger King.

Fuori Mappa

Flavia's passion

How a professional dancer from Bologna landed in New York and built a life that's true to who she is.

Milan Notebook

Chocolate chip

Learning from the friends of your grandmother and mother is a rite of passage that leads into history.

La Una

A mother's Sherlock

A 1970s collage leads mysterious clues to a mother's Italian movements.

American Girl

47th & Mohammad

Fears for a Muslim vendor on a New York City block end in reassurance, and a smile.


Kids in the middle


Closing Argument

Zeroing in

With Italy and the IRS joining forces, expats need to come clean on just where they stand.


The Economist

The hospital illusion

If a London hospital is paragon of integration, life outside its do-no-harm walls is far less kind.



A world of hurt

Björk's "Vulnicura" takes her back, for very personal reason, to the pathos of human relationships.


Lost in Translation


When you get to heart of who friends are and the role they play, Facebook can drop off the map.

2nd Generation

Home cooking

Even a family of longtime kitchen geniuses can be stuck with a well-intentioned outlier.


Life without Tyler

When no one can get your chronically bad hair right, a lifetime of paranoia takes over.

That's Queer


Younger men are increasingly loosening up when it comes to showing a little love.



Wanting to have someone to come home to can play tricks on the needy heart.


Rye Wyt


When your wife hires a guy named Mark to fix your middle age, it's time to run over a cat.

History 102

Death in Venice

For Richard Wagner, Venice was shelter from the storm, too often of his own making.

The Farm

Don't mind the gap

The British should take a course from Italy when it comes to leaning to relax with kids around.


Picking and choosing

Buying from Rome's bustling outdoor markets means rethinking and revising basic food shopping rules.


Property taxes

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


Dead of winter

Luisa Casati, "La Divina Marchesa," at Venice's Palazzo Fortuny, also films in English.


In Cucina

Parmesan, uncut

Italian stalwarts Grana Padano and Parmigiano-Reggiano are kissing cousins but hardly twins.

Vino Infinito

A night to remember

The night before being stuck in the Italian military for a year, the author took an unplanned walk on the wild side.

Suzanne's Taste

Hoppin' peas

Need luck? Get yourself into the kitchen and cook up some fortune-inducing black-eyed peas.

In Provincia

Winter oddities

A trip to Thailand offers up the mystery of carbonara hot pot, and brings to mind a passatelli recipe.

Pete Pescatore

Bloody Teroldego

Welcome to Milan noir, with shades of Rothko and a rich red wine that makes you see blood.

Da Germano

Back to Club Tropicana

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


IN FOCUS: The Babadook

Jennifer Kent's psychological horror thriller is at once predictable but enticingly off-kilter.

1,001 MOVIES: Eden Lake

James Watkins saw the brooding talent of Jack O'Connell but stock horror has its limits.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Snake and tail, repeat

"Predestination," the Spierig Brothers' adaptation of a Heinlein story, is a work of talismanic power.


SCRIPTORIUM: Jacobson's Final Solution

Howard Jacobson's "J" pushes the British-styled Jewish question into dystopian territory.

RECENT REVIEWS: All Days Are Night

Swiss novelists Peter Stamm, most at ease with uneasy peace, creates characters to suit that mood.


Half-a-century later, Salinger's Glass family still emanates smart and shining light.

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

Doctor talk
The vendor
Chocolate chip
Mystery clues
Pete's bloodlust