April 26, 2015 | Rome, Italy | Partly Cloudy 20°C

Who's laughing now?

In 1995, only a warped dream could deliver a vision of the U.S. presidential landscape 20 years on.

Barracks, lamb and beer

Being called up in Italy was never fun, unless soccer came ahead of hand grenades.

Bacon' me crazy

If you're Australian and looking for home-style bacon in Italy, a fool's errand awaits.

The calming known

Reacquainting yourself with the Mississippi Delta after a hiatus can be daunting.

Domino effect

Italy's World War I entry on the side of Britain and France opened the door to domestic upheaval.


Area 51

Siding with the sea

There is a sinister side to Europe's response to the death ships of the Mediterranean.

In the Sticks

Bacon' me crazy

If you're Australian, looking for home-style bacon in Italy is a fool's errand.

Psych Dept.

Eye to eye

The tone and texture of baby handling can set the tone for a lifetime of human responses.

American Girl

Ventures and gains

Taking a chance on a life-changing move doesn't come with sure-thing assurances.


Looking to heal

In the absence of a steadfast dress code, just what should a 21st-century doctor look like?

Milan Notebook

Domino effect

Italy's entry into World War I on the side of Britain and France changed the landscape.

La Una

Pantry peeping

Welcome to a Tuscan pantry stocked with apples, tomatoes, asparagus, honey, and cheese.

Southern Notes

The calming unknown

Returning to the Mississippi Delta from a faraway land can present real and present challenges.


Ventures and gains


Closing Argument

Two countries

After 50 columns, the author reflects on the U.S. and Italy, at once exalted and damned.


The Economist

The Roman admonishment

The once-thriving Roman port city of Ostia Antica is a portal into the worst of financial calamities.



Exile's return

Some "new" old music by mail artist Daniele Ciullini revives fax-era Italy of the 1980s.


2nd Generation

Brandi and Bridget on hold

Sonogram sending is all the rage, but what about the woman who — by choice — has nothing to send?

Lost in Translation

All grown up

Social norms and law associate adulthood with financial responsibilities, but is that the real measure?


Mommy the Martyr (retired)

When mommy goes to London, two sons stay behind. Can dad manage? Read on.

That's Queer

The damage done

If you want a lesson in how to generate bad and hurtful attention, talk to Dolce and Gabbana.


Divin Codino

House of Cards

For the second time in 25 years, once-glorious Parma is headed for the depths of Italian soccer.

The Farm

It's hard to love a chicken

If it isn't a dog, it's a cat, but sometimes a pet brings no joy, let alone luck.

Rye Wyt

Who's laughing now?

In 1995, only a dream could deliver a vision of the U.S. presidential landscape 20 years on.

Fuori Mappa

Re-used, with love

A group of Bologna women is busy recycling clothes and household items so that nothing goes to waste.

First Person

Race and marketing

The failure of a Starbucks race relations campaign should call attention to a Feltrinelli success.


Cheese differences

Parmigiano-Reggiano and Gran Padano share a venerable lineage but they're definitely not twins.


Plunging euro

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


Spring breaks

In Rome, Bryony Lavery's acclaimed play "Frozen," also films in English.


In Cucina

Al fresco

Italians love outdoor dining but they don’t need the term al fresco to hammer home the point.

Gina's Cellar

Some like it hot

The volcanic terrain of Sicily's Mount Etna doesn't seem grape-friendly under you take a closer look.

Da Germano

Pumpkin man

Dealing with a sore throat and pondering hooligans means cooking up soup from the goat store.

Pete Pescatore

Crime wine

A newsroom debate about a picture leads to some Sicilian red from one-time Mafia land.

In Provincia

Little list of wonders

The Acropolis' Caryatids, Mayan ruins and Sahara dunes are now joined by a cookbook.

Suzanne's Taste

Rabbit, run

With Easter over, it's time to rethink the real role of the bunny, which may be best on a plate.

Vino Infinito

Barracks, lamb and beer

Being called up in Italy was never fun, unless soccer came ahead of hand grenades.


IN FOCUS: The Unknown Known

Fully understanding Donald Rumsfeld remains a mystery, but an undeniably intriguing one.

1,001 MOVIES: Love Eternal

A horror thriller about bereavement, estrangement and necrophilia is odd but incomplete.

UN CERTAIN REGARD: The Chandor chokehold

When cornered, J.C. Chandor's alpha men don't grow wild with rage. They turn inward.



Chilean Alejandro Zambra's stories move from fictional autobiography into handsome melancholy.

SCRIPTORIUM: Robinson, Lila, and God

Marilynne Robinson's "Lila" completes her Gilead, Iowa trilogy with brilliance and compassion.


Jenny Erpenbeck denies death repeatedly to give a character a full 20th-century life.

Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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

A bad race
Pantry peeping
House of Cards
The D&G blunder
Etna's glory