October 26, 2014 | Rome, Italy | Sunny 9°C

The trunk

A family trunk unexpectedly opens into a world of words and colors dating to World War I.

"The pen is paralyzed..."

The so-called purple prose that ruled disaster coverage is making something of a comeback.

The vanishing act

An American in Rome is pushed to the limit when the time comes to get an Italian driver's license.

The copper tip-off

Copper theft over the last decade reflects a commodity price boom that is only now slowing.

Little engines that do

Moving from a glitzy job to a more modest (and more satisfying) one can make for joyous change.


Area 51

Out of Africa

Whether it's terrorism or disease, the spread of alarm has become an industry.

American Girl

The longing

A home can be grand and its rooms spacious, but that can miss the point.


Pain by any name

Killing minor human pain can seem like a simple process. In fact, it's anything but.

Fuori Mappa

Angel's rise

Fashion filmmaker Stewart MacLennan uses Calvino to "reinvent" beleaguered Los Angeles.

Milan Notebook

The trunk

Opening a family trunk reveals the poignant and often painful details of a century-old yesteryear.

Psych Dept.

The complaint department

Working to suppress loss by keeping a smile on your face can lead into harm's way.

La Una

Little engines that do

Going from a glitzy job to a more modest (and more satisfying) one can be joyous.

In the Sticks

Not quite Armageddon

Recent La Maremma flooding saw too many locals prefer online posting to shoveling out.

History 102

Father of invention

Italian Antonio Meucci is overlooked in a telephone-invention saga focused on Alexander Graham Bell.


Father of invention


Closing Argument

House of the heart, I

A beloved house on the Maine shoreline can trigger a family feud unless all sides talk.


The Economist

The copper tip-off

Copper theft over the last decade reflects a commodity price boom that is only now slowing.


The Game

Hard core

American sports life, born from boxing, now finds itself at a (violent) crossroads.


That's Queer

Real cool

If you're gay, size matters, as does the courage to ignore fashion world archetypes.


The vanishing act

Being an American in Rome can make you crazy. Now then, try getting a driver's license.

Lost in Translation

Barbie's vagina

Getting sunspots removed can lead you into the (alarming) world of female cosmetic surgery.

2nd Generation

Uncomfortable injustices

Too often, skin color allows Italians to ignore their country's widening multiracialism.



Swept away

Their numbers increasing, illegal immigrants from Africa and Asia face a rough road in Rome.

The Farm

More than a horse

On a farm, having a horse can change the way your children approach responsibility.


"The pen is paralyzed..."

Once, so-called purple prose ruled disaster coverage, and it's making a comeback.

Rye Wyt


When your nephew doesn't like what you have on your Kindle, say as little as possible.



Synth man

Lecce-born Massimiliano Pagliara swears by the old to synth in the new.


Insides out

Long associated with offal and innards, Rome's Testaccio now offers considerably more.


The power riddle

Deciding whether 3 kilowatts suffices in your flat depends mostly on appliances.


Into fall

An adaptation of "A Farewell to Arms" in Rome, also films in English.


Pete Pescatore

Meet Pete

Pete Pescatore is a mystery man with a detective's pallet and penchant for being quenched.

In Provincia

Fretting and fennel

Running a rural B&B necessarily comes with smiles, but it's anything but easy.

Suzanne's Taste

Currying flavors

Making good curry can seem daunting, but follow some basic rules can make it easier.

Vino Infinito

How it all began

Learning to love wine can sometimes emerge from a childhood of hating it.

Da Germano

Satanic majesties

Pope Francis has revived Vatican pilgrimages, but he's not the only recession-beater.

In Cucina

Dining with Columbus

Italian food couldn't exist without its New World components, and vice versa.


IN FOCUS: Three Colors: Blue (Trois couleurs: Bleu)

The first of Krzysztof Kieslowśki's colors trilogy is carried away by Juliette Binoche.

1,001 MOVIES: The Signal

Director William Eubank's engrossing sci-fi focuses on the risks of knowing too much.

ON FILM: Lies and grit

"Shattered Glass" gets to the underbelly of journalism, while "The Hill" is the underbelly of life itself.


DON'T MISS: Zeno's Conscience

Italo Svevo's remarkable Zeno Cosini has the pedigree of a 21st-century neurotic.

SCRIPTORIUM: Kat Zet, née Auschwitz

British novelist Martin Amis offers a fierce satire to revive ever-vital Holocaust themes.

FICTION PICKS: The Underground Man

Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer endures as a detective ahead of his time.

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