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  • Risk no more

    Contributor Corinna Amendola once had no patience for the space program, which has been all but set aside in America. Now she misses it because it reflected a time when risk-taking was as morally important as staying safe.

Movies: “Annette”

New film critic Steve Piazza begins his run with a look at a highly-acclaimed but immensely quirky musical that comes out bittersweet.

Fratello

My brother died on September 16 at the age of 89, and I will miss him terribly. Despite the significant age gap – he [...]

REM Twitter

My increasingly scary 10-year-old Rebecca has officially entered her "Elon Musk" phase. It was probably there all along, just waiting for double-digits to leap [...]

Bad gene rising

I have long held the belief that conservatives are genetic mutants. Now, trends in recent science are  highlighting actual genetic factors linking certain traits [...]

Enemy of your enemy

The modest amount of insight I have come to acquire about the tortured history of Afghanistan in recent decades I owe to a translation [...]

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From fearful to fearless

September 16th, 2021|

I became a health reporter in Rome years ago. Not officially. That would come a couple of years after I [...]

REM Twitter

September 14th, 2021|

My increasingly scary 10-year-old Rebecca has officially entered her "Elon Musk" phase. It was probably there all along, just waiting [...]

Bad gene rising

September 14th, 2021|

I have long held the belief that conservatives are genetic mutants. Now, trends in recent science are  highlighting actual genetic [...]

Enemy of your enemy

September 12th, 2021|

The modest amount of insight I have come to acquire about the tortured history of Afghanistan in recent decades I [...]

Heard along the way

September 5th, 2021|

My memory contains many 50-year old snippets of overheard adult conversations. Misunderstood words and phrases would rise above the tinkling [...]

A miraculous catch

August 28th, 2021|

In the Brittany seaside town I visited in July, situated in the northernmost region of Finistère (literally, land’s end), there [...]

Nine lives in red

August 26th, 2021|

The feeling hits me every August, as if I had a moody inner clock lodged in my head. I get [...]

Journalists in the crosshairs

August 25th, 2021|

One cannot be worried enough about the future of journalism. The profession is becoming a riskier business than ever before, [...]

Agony in plain sight

August 23rd, 2021|

Frequent readers of this column may have noticed that I never personalize them in any way, preferring to instead stay [...]

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