August 28, 2015 | Rome, Italy | Sunny 26°C

Area B

An Italian traveler recalls a nightmarish trip to Washington that still needs strong wine for the telling.

Game of loans

Top Italian clubs are relying increasingly on high-risk loans to reverse their fortunes.

The discount sham

Behind the cheap online travel deals are companies that milk discounts indiscriminately.

A-t-t-e-n-t-i-o-n to me

Social media "sharing" can fall afoul of it own worst enemy: self-involvement.

Disappearing water

Global warming scoffers must now face a real and growing plague of drought reality.


Area 51


When eyes begin to malfunction the world is seen from the perspective of a cow, lazily.

American Girl

A-t-t-e-n-t-i-o-n to me

Social media "sharing" fails to take into account its own worst enemy: self-involvement.

Milan Notebook

Loud men

Comparing Donald Trump to Silvio Berlusconi is easy. More worrying is what might happen next.

Psych Dept.

Jocasta's brooch

Overlooked in the story of Oedipus is profound child abuse, which Freud chose to ignore.

La Una

In defense of dogs

Finding two lost dogs on an Italian country road at night opens an "Amelie" door.

In the Sticks

One tick at a time

The problem with a list of life goals is how they tend to strangle the better parts of life itself.


A different light

Chicago-born Chicana writer Ana Castillo helps sharpen the all-too-facile "citizen of the world" label.


Women in surgery

Too few American female medical students are choosing surgery, a pattern that needs to change.

Southern Notes

Outside city lights

The widening blight of crimes against African-Americans is not just an urban affliction.


Jocasta's brooch


Closing Argument

Yes means risk

Changing sexual assault laws intended to rein in an epidemic of violence risks harming basic defendant rights.


The Economist

Disappearing water

Global warming scoffers are being faced with a growing (and alarming) plague of drought reality.



Vocal manipulations

Karin Krog and Future, though from different musical solar systems, show the power of the voice.


Lost in Translation

Drama queen

Some say "no drama" when it comes to relationships. They might as well also be saying "no life."


Teaching tolerance

When an Obama-loving kid gets out of line, an exasperated mother has to take emergency measures.

2nd Generation

Breezes past

Once upon a time, the end of school brought Karamel Sutra and the Atlantic coast.

That's Queer

A man and a woman

Transgender weddings seem to exist outside the same-sex marriage debate, but they do raise questions.


Waiting to inhale

You can like a man, laugh with a man, kiss a man, but what happens if you don't like his scent?


Fuori Mappa

The teacher

In school, Michela De Pasquale was too smart to study. Now, she's studying and training horses.

The Farm

Balls away

When it's time to slice off male pig genitalia, having Steve McQueen-style vet helps.

Rye Wyt

Pelvic adventures

When you're married to the daughter of a Marine colonel you learn to respect sides.

Divin Codino

Game of loans

Top Italian clubs, led by Inter, are relying increasingly on high-risk loans to reverse their fortunes.


Don't hate snakes

Italian local feasts, sagre, are ostensibly about religion, but food and ritual are the real meal tickets.


Plunging euro

The euro has plunged from its 1.35-1.40 status of recent years, but parity with the dollar is unlikely.


Summertime dates

Jackson Pollock's "Energy Made Visible" in Venice, also films in English.


In Cucina

Goodbye August myth

Though Rome still tends to empty out in August, many good dining spots remain open and primed.

In Provincia

The sham

Behind the cheap online travel deals are companies that milk discounts indiscriminately.

Suzanne's Taste

Nectarine of the gods

Summer is the perfect time to invent fruit-based desserts that deploy you might otherwise toss.

Gina's Cellar

Veering to beer

When summer heat takes it toll, it's time to turn to (underrated) Italian craft beers.

Vino Infinito

Area B

An Italian traveler recalls a nightmarish trip to Washington that needs strong wine for the telling.

Pete Pescatore

He'll have the octopus

When it's 100 in the shade and you get an ornery fritto misto, reach for the Vermentino.

Da Germano


Tripping over your child's toy truck can make you re-evaluate what should and shouldn't be at home.



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1,001 MOVIES: While We're Young

Noah Baumbach hits some true notes in a New York comedy about generational confusion..

UN CERTAIN REGARD: The old writer speaks

Frank Langella's rendition of an aging and vulnerable New York writer is acting of rare beauty.


SCRIPTORIUM: Whose Watchman?

Harper Lee's much-hyped "Go Set a Watchman" is skimpy, uninspired and poorly written.

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