The fight against ‘overtourism’

  * Movies: Wonder * Books: The Midnight Line by Lee Child * Music: If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples * Wine: The Alchemist’s Magic *

In ‘Wonder,’ a sweetly sincere message movie

It’s hard for us cynical souls to walk into a movie advertised with the tagline “Choose kindness” and not shudder in trepidation. What sentimental hooey is this?

New Lee Child novel is bold and mysterious

Author Lee Child delivers another classic Jack Reacher tale with “The Midnight Line.” Reacher’s curiosity is piqued when he gets off a bus and wanders into

Staples in fine form as album chronicles America’s divide

Mavis Staples seems to grow in stature the longer she keeps chronicling America and its contemporary woes. Her constant frame of reference — the civil rights

News of the world | Managing overtourism an increasing feature of global travel

Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals. Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip

The Alchemist’s Magic

Legally defined by Scotch Whisky Regulations 2009 s.3(2) as “a blend of one or more Single Malt Scotch Whiskies with one or more Single Grain Scotch Whiskies”, blended

KitchenWise | Basmati rice makes Greek Style Rice Pilaf special

With the exception of ooey-gooey potato concoctions, side dishes rarely get any respect. Most of us devote our love and attention to the protein in the

Author delivers compassionate look at the displaced

A naked man running through rush-hour traffic that’s backed up for miles jumpstarts “Wonder Valley,” author Ivy Pochoda’s enthralling look at people mired in a nomadic existence, anonymous to

Trump, Pomp & Flattery

  * Movies: Murder on the Orient Express * Books: Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda * Music: Bridges Not Walls by Billy Bragg * Wine:

‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is a lavish romp

Kenneth Branagh’s "Murder on the Orient Express" is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater

Billy Bragg delivers the news on ‘Bridges Not Walls’

Billy Bragg is among the most romantic of protest singers but “Bridges Not Walls” is a newscast of dissent, not a love letter. Comprising just six

News of the world | Pomp and flattery: Asia rolls out the red carpets for Trump

Honor guards marching in unison in colorful uniforms. Elaborate state dinners with celebrity guests. Gaggles of children, jumping and screaming along with endless praise. The first

Sommelier

People often seem to think that the sommelier’s main job is to laugh out loud at any wine suggestion a customer might have. Au contraire, the main

Travelog | Oscar is a cat of the world but he didn’t like flying

Oscar is a cat of the world. He has his own Instagram account, @Oskibabi , along with high-tech toys like a remote-controlled centipede. But there’s

Tasha & Jennifer

 * Movies: The Square * Books: Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly * Music: A Long Way from Your Heart by Turnpike Troubadours * Wine: Vine & Wine * Travelog: Explore wine

In Palme d’Or winner ‘The Square,’ a charming satire

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Ostlund’s last film, “Force Majeure,” began with the rumble of an alpine avalanche and the wallop of a shattered self- image. When a swelling white tide appears

‘Two Kinds of Truth’ is engaging, well-written story

Harry Bosch lands a current case with his new department while also facing a possible wrongful conviction from his past in “Two Kinds of Truth,” Michael Connelly’s

Turnpike Troubadours back with road-honed polish

The sound of the road permeates the latest release from The Turnpike Troubadours, a hard-charging six-piece band out of Oklahoma that’s been honing its earthy sound for

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