December 6, 2023 | Rome, Italy

The New Mrs. Malaprop

“And he will avail.” In this sentence about the outcome of a plot, the writer confused “avail” with “prevail.” The […]

Shovel and broom

Some people have parents who behave conventionally, not so in the case of columnist Madeleine Johnson, whose mother and father had methods all their own for dealing with the vicissitudes of daily life.

How one war’s legacy endures

The story of World War II and the postwar is littered with mythology handed down over decades. Columnist Madeleine Johnson has found both the ways and means to cut through some of it.

American Alfie

Columnist Madeleine Johnson, pestered by Italians over how she spends her days in America, responds in non-Hollywood style.