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When art loses

Hailing Italy's dogged recovery of stolen art objects is the mass media norm. But is the story really so simple?

Death by cyberbullying

Teens are increasingly from online bullying, and the time has come to draw the line.

The jolt

Wanting a summer retreat can push you toward getting one — until your inner train derails.

Ripples in the pond

England's colonial reach pushed anti-sodomy laws into its colonies and many have not let go.

Beating the dead horse

Messages from strangers pining to live in Tuscany conveniently leave out the realty.


Area 51


August can be a slow news month, until the center of the nervous earth sneezes.


Death by cyberbullying

Teens are increasingly at risk as smartphone "shoots" go viral, humiliation with it.


One who listens

When people ask what "kind of doctor" you want to be they may be insisting on the less important aspect of the question.

Southern Notes

Breaking the code

When it comes to racial issues, many American, including politicians, disguise what they really believe.

Psych Dept.

The hummingbird trap

Foisting material things on a child can buy you time but can't erase the substance of real attention.

Milan Notebook

Irony indeed

The 1912 tussle between Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson has parallels to today.


Equiknoxx to Honecker


Closing Argument

When art loses

Hailing Italy's recovery of stolen art objects is the norm. But is the story really so simple?


The Economist

Days of future past

Giambattista Vico insisted history was cyclical, and lessons from recent European and American history appear to prove his point.



Equiknoxx to Honecker

New recordings from Jamaica and Germany help make sense of musical roots.


2nd Generation

Freckled, dazed and exhilarated

Harry Potter was as much a companion as a fictional character. Which makes what he's up to now less interesting.

American Girl

The jolt

Wishing for a summer retreat can push you toward full-fledged planning, until your inner train derails.

In the Sticks

Beating the dead horse

The author gets messages from strangers pining to live in Tuscany. If only they knew…

That's Queer

Ripples in the pond

England's colonial reach pushed anti-sodomy laws into its colonies and many have not let go.

La Una


There are times when two languages come together to take your breath away.

Lost in Translation

Gut, betrayed

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


Anatomy of a banishing

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


The Farm

Ye Olde B&B

The trick to running a B&B in Italy is keeping Henry VIII from making an appearance.

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

A word on baby goats

Has it been a bad summer? Yes. Is bad news all the rage? Yes again. So beware what you buy into.


Course change

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


The $-€ saga

For a while, it looked like the dollar might even pull even with the euro. That's now unlikely.


High summer

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


Suzanne's Taste


Italy's culinary effort to act sexy has taken its toll on traditionally low-keyed dining spots.

In Provincia

Two appetites

Umbria is known for beauty in both landscape and food, but few recall its tough past.

Vino Infinito

Ostia, property of Papà

In the 1970s, the author and his family trekked from Rome to Ostia with food and libations, and strict marching orders from paterfamilias.

Gina's Cellar

Into the red

Red wines run the gamut from light to full bodied, so learn to know what you like.

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: A Hologram for the King

The movie version of a Dave Eggars novel wastes Tom Hanks and leaps headlong into cultural cliché.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: For love of screwball

The Coen Brothers' spool of 1950s Hollywood perfectly suits their tradition of mischief.

1,001 MOVIES: 10 Cloverfield Lane

The prequel to "Cloverfield" is an ode to the menace of John Goodman, who steals this show.


SCRIPTORIUM: Amélie, meet Amélie

In "Pétronille," Amélie Nothomb comes up with an alter ego and goes the distance.


Amelia Gray is adept enough with grotesqueness to make it feel second nature, and that's a gift.

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The code
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Telling lessons
Fake love