April 30, 2016 | Rome, Italy | Clear 10°C

Rethinking courses

Italians are no longer eating the kinds of massive meals mentioned in guidebooks. Now, mixing and matching rule the table.


The fall

Visiting Athens comes with the sight of weeds, with a side course of hopelessness.


Last call

With few exceptions, Italian towns are dying, with no Cotswald-style tourism to save them.


The "voice" of music

Taking in the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans reveals more than just music


Shaped by trains

The sound of memory comes in many forms, and sometimes travels the rails.


FEATURES

Area 51

Christopher Stonewall

A politically correct age wouldn't take well to a kid in a Confederate cap.

American Girl

The fall

Visiting Athens comes with the sight of weeds, with a side course of hopelessness.

Milan Notebook

Mørke horisont

Nordic TV shows have muscled their way into the English-language world, darkening the landscape.

Bio-Lingual

Revising "success"

"Do no harm" is one thing, but just doing good becomes complicated if a patient won't comply.

Anthropos

Monitoring the aftermath

Two years after Boko Haram abucted more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, part of the worry concerns their release.

Psych Dept.

Dangerous dumbness

Underestimating the creativity of students is among the more serious errors a teacher can make.

In the Sticks

Last call

With few exceptions, Italian towns are shrinking and dying, with no Cotswald-style tourism to save them.

La Una

Shaped by trains

The sound of memory comes in many forms, and sometimes travels the rails.

Southern Notes

With love, Mr. Carroll

A teacher, learning of the death of an admired former pupil, has some words to say.



LAW

Closing Argument

The "voice" of music

A trip to the America south for the French Quarter Festival turns musically personal.


FINANCE

The Economist

To have and to have not

Seeing Chinese youth with Lamborghinis in Canada doesn't minimize a malaise seemingly without end.


MUSIC

Tracks

Turning Japanese

Nisennenmondai (postpunk) and Boris (grunge) bring Japan's rich fringes to the forefront.


LIVING

2nd Generation

Lady Gertrude

A doe-eyed guest is one thing. A doe-eyed pregnant pigeon you fall for quite another.

That's Queer

A boy named Mary

Italian bureaucracy can be an enigma within a conundrum, unless providence intervenes.

Lost in Translation

Patience, my dear

Patience has long been considered a virtue and impatience a vice, so what does a wild horse do?


AT LARGE

Divin Codino

Mad men

The musical chairs that is football management is more than ever in madcap motion.

The Farm

What dreams may come

With the likes of Donald Trump and Mr. Murdoch calling the shots, isn't it time to embrace the ancients?

Free-Range Kid

KKK

Make fun of the Kardashian clan all you want, but you'd be smart to think it over first.


WHERETOEAT

Something in blue

Italy's abundant and delicious blue cheeses, led by Gorgonzola, are a feast for the willing.


TOURIST Q&A

On arrival

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


WHAT'SON

Springing ahead

Symbolism in Italy and Europe at Milan's Palazzo Reale, plus films in English.


FOOD&WINE

In Provincia

Love cake

A medieval creation, Ciaramicola is rustic cake that conceals Umbria's red-hot heart.

Suzanne's Taste

Playing at dough

Life begins with bread and bread begins with dough, so let's get started.

In Cucina

Rethinking courses

Italians are no longer eating the kinds of massive meals guidebooks suggest. Now, mixing and matching rule.

Gina's Cellar

What character!

Wine, like music, has tone and personality, but you need to learn to read its notes.


FILM

UN CERTAIN REGARD: Shorted out

The latest and most ambitious 2008-crash movie is at once chilling and hilarious.

IN FOCUS: Spotlight

Tom McCarthy's superb "Spotlight" is just as much about journalistic doggedness as sexual abuse.

1,001 MOVIES: MI-5 (Spooks: The Greater Good)

An outgrowth of British TV, Bharat Nalluri's espionage thriller is direct and workmanlike.


BOOKS

RECENT REVIEWS: The Story of My Teeth

The brilliant and ambitious Mexican Valeria Luiselli tries far too hard in her debut novel.

SCRIPTORIUM: Eco's last game

The writer's final novel, "Numero Zero," pokes mischievous fun at the conspiratorial tendencies of Italian media.

NOTEWORTHY TITLES: Mothering Sunday

Graham Swift's latest novel is a morally generous remembrance of a housemaid-turned-author.

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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









TELEVISION
North-speak
FICTION
Bonnie Altucher
MEDICINE
Define "success"?
NIGERIA
Paying attention
GAY LIFE
Citizenship