The making of a translator
Things we long for sometimes seem to come true by chance. Or maybe it is a question of choice and [...]
Christmas in exile
One year, I got a Snicker’s bar for Christmas. I’m sure my mother gave me other gifts, as did my [...]
How green was my valley
This is a cautionary tale, though it may not seem like one at first. In fact, at first it will [...]
Once upon a time…
Several weeks ago, after my evening shower, I came back to the bedroom to find my phone submerged in a [...]
10 minuti dentro un bar anni 70
Some sketchy amateur footage shot in an Italian bar in the 1970s stirs up nostalgia for columnist Madeleine Johnson.
Hell no, we won’t stay
We wouldn't have stood for it. A week maybe, tops. We had no internet. We had no cable TV news. [...]
Never mind the malaria
Long before slick travel videos and multi-purpose travel apps, the Baedeker was a traveler's bible, and David Amory found a copy of Rome's 1930 version.
And what shall they do?
It is difficult to say what will change in Britain and Europe after Brexit. It is to be expected that [...]
Once upon a cuckoo’s nest
So this was London, Victoria Station. A cacophony of sounds and noises and voices, voices of crowds, voices streaming out [...]
Solidarity from up close
Every beginning is difficult... • Ancient Jewish proverb I joined the carpenters’ union as a first-year apprentice in 1971. My [...]
Coming of age, in English
New columnist Aldo Magagnino recalls stumbling on, and learning, a tongue from a distant land.