April 17, 2024 | 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 […]

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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.

Not so bad? Think again

While in Italy, columnist Madeleine Johnson picked up a new book on the Fascist era. What it has to say is essential — especially now.