February 14, 2016 | Rome, Italy | Light rain 13°C

Wenceslas the Great

Thanks to family anecdotes, the author's great grandfather Vinceslao, or Wenceslas, helps bring another era to life.

A print affair

For lovers of print, typography and letterpress printing, there is still hope even in the online age.

Chilling fortunes

Adam Johnson's latest story collection presents plain narrators with surreal challenges.

Grizzly 1, Man 0

Seeing "The Revenant" as an actor's movie is difficult given its leading actor: the frontier winter

Funny money

China's leap into soccer is changing the financial dynamics of an already top-dollar sport.


Area 51

Bankers in the basement

Listening to neighborhood soothsayers can yield a rival vision of the known universe.

Milan Notebook

Ways of sharing

Conversation is vital to social bonding, but it's not a statistical recipe for maturity.

American Girl

Whited out

American retirement still begs a snowy question: how do you find meaning?


Fear's door

Choosing medicine means coming to terms with irrational worries, and facing the threat of risk.

In the Sticks

Maintaining the species

The prospect of a baby might be nicer if you knew they sucked it out gradually.

Psych Dept.

Fighting fire with fire

Ending self-harm is feasible if quantities of human soothing are allowed to intervene.


Día de Reyes, II

"Clueless observation" awaits those who ignore context, with Cuba a perfect example.

La Una

A print affair

For lovers of print, typography and letterpress printing, there is still hope even in the online age.

Southern Notes

Oddities beware

After David Bowie's death, notes on how the American South and his legacy remain at odds.


Another Africa


Closing Argument

A principled man

The Flint, Michigan water crisis helps focus one writer's appreciation for candidate Bernie Sanders.


The Economist

Bitter Russia

Russia's increasing disenchantment with the West has roots that grew from the broken 1990s.



Another Africa

Mauritius past and Durban present in two new and off-the-beaten track collections.


Lost in Translation

Help, please?

New Year's Eve attacks on German women, mostly in Cologne, are shocking at many levels.

2nd Generation


A big brother's wedding announcement brings reflections on the meaning of the word expedite.

That's Queer

The trouble with "B"

For bisexuals, the road to social and sexual acceptance is still riddled with potholes.


Sad little beasts

Calming a tantrum-struck son means balancing the good cop, bad cop routine with compassion.


Early light

A stranger, imagination, and an unexpected breakup lead to a late night message.


Divin Codino

Funny money

China's leap into the soccer market is changing the financial dynamics of an already top-dollar sport.

The Farm

Wait for it

Getting a trial cable TV subscription can change family life, but is it really for the better?

Rye Wyt


When you're feeling your age, don't take it out on your passport. Or else.

Free-Range Kid

Another day, another tab

When Facebook becomes way of life, so does distracti... oh, that baby elephant is so cute!


Expanding pasta horizons

Amatriciana, cacio e pepe, carbonara, Bolognese and pesto may get headlines, but there's more out there.


On arrival

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


High winter

Frenchman Jacques Joseph Tissot's works in Rome, plus films in English.


Suzanne's Taste

Socca to me

In French, coup de foudre means lightening bolt, as in love at first sight, so meet Cupid's pancake.

In Cucina

Feeding sickness

When it comes to dealing with winter colds and flu, Italy has its own set of food rules.

Vino Infinito

Forget Starsky & Hutch

Robberies happen about once every two minutes in Italy, so forget the SWAT teams.

In Provincia

Rock of rescue

How a Sri Lankan citadel, determination, and a lot of ginger tea can save your life.

Gina's Cellar

The naturalists

Rome's Antonio Marino and Marisa Gabbianelli are devoted to selling natural wine and beer.

Da Germano

Wenceslas the Great

Family anecdotes bring the author's 19th-century great grandfather to life.


UN CERTAIN REGARD: Nine lives Glass

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 19th-century story of revenge puts the wilderness ahead of all else.

IN FOCUS: Honeymoon

Engaging performances from Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway save Leigh Janiak's debut.

1,001 MOVIES: Spring

If you like the tourism-horror genre, don't miss out on the girl vampire in Puglia.


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Dag Solstad's slender novel is a luminously intelligent look at a man's middle age crisis.

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