February 1, 2015 | Rome, Italy | Partly Cloudy 7°C

Zeroing in

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


Cordy

A teddy bear is a very good friend to have, particularly if you're looking for a lifelong relationship.


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.


FEATURES

Area 51

Blame the insurgents

When weather "misbehaves," fools on earth can feel like they've been cheated or even lied to.

Psych Dept.

Tossing out the book

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

Bio-Lingual

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.


ITALY VS. BRITAIN

Kids in the middle


LAW

Closing Argument

Zeroing in

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


FINANCE

The Economist

The hospital illusion

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


MUSIC

Tracks

A world of hurt

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


LIVING

Lost in Translation

Unfriended

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

2nd Generation

Cordy

A patient bear is a very good friend to have, particularly if you want the friendship to last.

Parenthood

Life without Tyler

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

That's Queer

Coccole

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

L-Word

Eggnog

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


AT LARGE

Rye Wyt

Bro

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.


WHERETOEAT

Picking and choosing

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


TOURIST Q&A

Property taxes

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


WHAT'SON

Dead of winter

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


FOOD&WINE

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.


FILM

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.


BOOKS

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.

NOTEWORTHY TITLES: Franny and Zooey

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.









MEDICINE
Doctor talk
VULNICURA
Björk's grief
LINEAGE
Chocolate chip
FAMILY
Mystery clues
WINE
Pete's bloodlust