TMN Contributing Writer Anthony Doerr is the author of four books: The Shell Collector, About Grace, Four Seasons in Rome, and most recently, Memory Wall. He lives in Boise, Idaho, writes the “On Science” column for the Boston Globe, and is a 2010 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Learn more at anthonydoerr.com.
Just when you feel like you’ve arrived, you’re called away. Our correspondent tallies up his stay and says goodbye to the light, the heat, and the several thousand Pampers left behind.
Italy is a giant archaeological dig, endlessly plundered, built upon, defiled and revered. It’s also covered with graffiti, with lots of misspellings.
The first month of living abroad in one of the world’s great historical cities is full of sights and wonders. The eighth month is full of grocery shopping and car alarms.
Cardinals are currently gathering in Rome to elect a new pope. We look back at the weekend that John Paul II died in 2005, when prayers gathered and flew toward the Vatican, and everything was filmed, and everyone was filming.
These are tough days for Rome, with many worried for the Pope’s health. Feeling equally worried for his own and his family’s, a newcomer reports on days of tiny miracles, crossbow makers, and a lack of Ziploc bags.