When Puccini Came, Saw and Conquered New York City

From left, David Belasco, Arturo Toscanini and Giacomo Puccini, during one of the composer’s two formative visits to New York City.CreditCreditDeAgostini/Getty Images He visited Little Italy and Chinatown, posed for pictures on the Brooklyn Bridge, marveled at the tall buildings and took in shows. He played cards in the back room of an Italian restaurant […]

‘Narcos: Mexico’ Premiere Recap: ‘It Doesn’t Have a Happy Ending’

From left, Joaquín Cosío, Diego Luna and Horacio Garcia Rojas in the premiere of “Narcos: Mexico.”CreditCreditCarlos Somonte/Netflix “I’m going to tell you a story. But I’ll be honest. It doesn’t have a happy ending.” That’s the first line of narration from the season premiere of Netflix’s “Narcos: Mexico,” which dropped today. The “Narcos” franchise, now […]

‘Master Race’ Original Art Sells for $600,000

The concluding page from “Master Race,” published in 1955.CreditCreditHeritage Auctions The original art for the comic book story “Master Race,” about a postwar encounter between a Nazi war criminal and a Holocaust survivor, sold for $600,000 at Heritage Auctions on Thursday. It was purchased by the Boon Foundation for Narrative Graphic Arts in Belgium. “Master […]

Notre Dame Is Good and Lucky and … Notre Dame

CreditCreditJoe Robbins/Getty Images For most of its long history, college football was a local pastime. Teams recruited players from their backyard, scheduled games in their region and joined conferences based on geography. If they were lucky, they were on national television once or twice a year. But one team was different. Notre Dame recruited players […]

Carmelo Anthony: The Square-Peg Superstar

Carmelo Anthony’s time with the Houston Rockets was short-lived.CreditCreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press Maybe it all would have turned out differently for Carmelo Anthony, produced a narrative arc with more illustrious inflection points, had Joe Dumars done Anthony and the Detroit Pistons the pleasure of drafting him with the second pick of the celebrated 2003 N.B.A. draft. […]

If Gaza Brings Down Netanyahu’s Government, Can He Rise Again?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, shown at center last month in Jerusalem, is facing a call for early elections.CreditCreditAmir Cohen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has so far survived corruption investigations and the threat of bribery charges without much damage to his standing. But his government teetered […]

Greek Leader’s Efforts to Loosen Church-State Ties Are Met With Skepticism

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece, right, and the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos, announcing a tentative deal this month to remove clerics from civil service payrolls and to resolve a longstanding dispute over church property.CreditCreditAndrea Bonetti/Greek Prime Minister’s Office, via Associated Press ATHENS — An effort by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras […]