Adding Insult to Injury, British Royal Family to Boycott World Cup in Russia

The countdown clock in Moscow for the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament, which will be held in Russia. Britain said Wednesday that members of the royal family and top officials would not attend the matches because of a dispute over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. Mladen Antonov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images …

A Romantic Comedy About a Gay Teenager? What Took So Long?

Jorge Lendeborg, left, Nick Robinson (who plays the title character), Alexandra Shipp and Katherine Langford in “Love, Simon.” Ben Rothstein/20th Century Fox In the new teenage romantic comedy “Love, Simon,” the title character, played by Nick Robinson, proclaims, “I’m done living in a world where I don’t get to be who I am. I deserve …

Skin Deep: The New Softies

“No-perfume” perfume is back, but with a youthful twist. Eric Helgas for The New York Times When Virgil Abloh, the creative director of Off-White (and longtime collaborator with Kanye West), decided to introduce his first perfume, he had only one request: He wanted it to smell like nothing. Well, almost nothing. Mr. Abloh envisioned a …

Fiction: A High-Speed Auto Race Across Australia, Past and Present

Cristina Daura A LONG WAY FROM HOME By Peter Carey 318 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $26.95. With his new novel, Peter Carey continues his streak of using titles (“Amnesia,” “The Chemistry of Tears”) that sound like made-for-TV specials. Thankfully, behind the delicate phrase on the cover of “A Long Way From Home” is a propulsive …