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Aretha Franklin on Heaven and Earth
No one blended the sacred and the sexual quite as she did. It made her the forebear of the likes of Madonna and Beyoncé and Adele.
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More Strikeouts Than Hits? Welcome to Baseball's Latest Crisis
One thing you learn from studying baseball history is that people have always predicted the sport’s demise. Over and over, the game weathers every perceived crisis and continues to thrive. More than 70 million fans will attend major league games this
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How to Block and Report Spam Calls and Text Messages
Telemarketers have been a thorn in the side of humankind for decades. And while technology offers more options for blocking unwanted calls, it also makes spammers more agile than ever before. Here’s what to do when you get a spam call or text message
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How Can I Cure My White Guilt?
A READER LOVES HER BOYFRIEND BUT MISSES OTHER MEN. IS IT BETTER TO COME CLEAN TO HER PARTNER, OR SUPPRESS HER FEELINGS FOREVER? Dear Sugars, My boyfriend of two years is brilliant, supportive, generous and not the least bit jealous. We’re sublimely
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How to Get the Most Out of Art (Even When You're Not Sure You Get It)
You don’t need an art degree or highbrow credentials to make the most out of a trip to an art museum. Viewing art, even if you know nothing about what you’re looking at, can be good for your brain and help you develop better communication skills.
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The Elements of Fire
(Science Times) Fire scientists are studying how wildfires become fierce, unpredictable infernos.
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Your Workplace Isn't Your Family (and That's O.K.!)
It’s fine to have warm, supportive relationships with your co-workers. But remember the context.
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It's Highball Season: Here's Where To Try Some Of The Best In The U.S.
Tall, cool and refreshing: The highball is in the spotlight. Here’s our guide to enjoying a classic (and low-alcohol) drink in five cities across the country.
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The Wildest Roller Coasters of 2018
From steep spinning coasters to single-rail sensations, the most innovative thrill rides of the new season.
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A Cheapskate's Guide to Dublin, Rich in History and Beer
The beautiful capital city of Ireland has theater, literature and music emanating from its pores. But the city is also a victim of its own success.
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36 Hours in Chiang Mai
Glorious temples and traditional markets are what this riverside city in Thailand is known for. Now, thanks to a blossoming creative scene, there are also new, ambitious restaurants and plenty of contemporary art and design to complement the old.
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In Thailand, 'Obesity in Our Monks Is a Ticking Time Bomb'
The Buddha, in his laughing incarnation, is often depicted with a jolly smile and a giant, quivering belly. That model of plenitude seems ever more apt in Thailand, where the waistlines of the country’s Buddhist monks have expanded so much that healt
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How to Be an Ace Salary Negotiator (Even if You Hate Conflict)
Here’s how to fight for a better salary when you loathe uncomfortable conversations.
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Larry David: What Really Happened at Trump Tower
A transcript of “that” meeting with the Russians surfaces — and a controversy is settled.
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Don't Let TripAdvisor Kill Adventure
If the best travel experiences happen when things don’t go according to plan, why do we plan so much?
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5 Cheap(ish) Things for Every College Dorm
New year, new gear. Here are five cheap(ish) things to help make dorm life more comfortable.
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How to Clean the Most Common Dog Messes
Our cutest companions are also some of our messiest. Here’s some help.
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With New Urgency, Museums Aim to Cultivate Curators of Color
For decades the country’s mainstream art museums have excluded people of color — from their top leadership to the curators who create shows to the artists they display on their walls. Now, eager to attract a broader cross-section of visitors, a growi
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Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She'll Thank You Later.
The way we teach math in America hurts all students, but it may be hurting girls the most.
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Why Apple Is the Future of Capitalism
The financial model pioneered by Apple is envied and copied by other companies. But getting it wrong is a big risk.
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Where the Heartache Is
IN THIS COLLECTION OF LINKED SHORT STORIES, LYDIA MILLET EXPLORES THE FRAUGHT MEANING OF HOME. “Fight No More: Stories” By Lydia Millet 209 pages. W.W. Norton & Company. $24.95. “Home” is a word that can conjure feelings of safety and belonging. The
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A FICTIONAL ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF A FAMOUS SCHIZOPHRENIC. “Playthings” By Alex Pheby 249 pages. Biblioasis. Paper, $14.95. When a writer casts a historical figure as the subject of a novel, the intrepid reader may ask why an element of nonfictio
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The Ineffectiveness of Employer Wellness Programs and the Importance of Randomized Trials
(The Upshot: The New Health Care) The gold standard of medical research, the randomized controlled trial, has been taking a bit of a beating lately.
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West Side Story
WHAT HAVING LEONARD BERNSTEIN AS A FATHER WAS REALLY LIKE. “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein” By Jamie Bernstein 385 pages. HarperCollins Publishers. $28.99. I doubt Jamie Bernstein, elder daughter of the musical eminence Leonard,
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Going Solo
CHOOSING A LIFE WITHOUT MARRIAGE OR KIDS. “No One Tells You This: A Memoir” By Glynnis MacNicol 293 pages. Simon & Schuster. $26 MacNicol is turning 40, and one crisis after another has punctured her ride to this milestone birthday. No matter yo
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Against Progress
ROGER SCRUTON CALLS ON LIBERALS TO EXAMINE THEIR ASSUMPTIONS. “Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition” By Roger Scruton 164 pages. St. Martin’s Press. $24.99. Roger Scruton has written dozens of books on subjects ranging from the philosop
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By the Book: Anne de Courcy
THE BIOGRAPHER AND JOURNALIST, WHOSE NEW BOOK IS ‘THE HUSBAND HUNTERS,’ AVOIDS THRILLERS: ‘I GET ALL THE MAYHEM I WANT IN THE NEWSPAPERS.’ Q: What books are on your nightstand? A: My bedside table would be a literary archaeologist’s dream (or nightma
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Planning for a Meat-Free Experience, Anywhere
Traveling while vegetarian or vegan can be a challenge, but with a few tips and a little tech, you can roam freely, eat well and not have to worry about going hungry.
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The Surprising Gift of Menopause
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There are things I miss about being fertile. A waistline. Hair thick enough to hide my pink scalp and skin fitted enough to prove I have bones. Ovulation — those heady days each month when every cell was vibrating, when just the br
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Taiwan Baseball? It's 'Hot Noisy,' and Ingrained in National Identity
(Taiwan Dispatch) TAOYUAN, Taiwan — As the batter steps to the plate, the clamor crescendos, a rhyming, thumping chant, often tailored to his name. Cheerleaders prance atop the dugout, accompanied by blaring recorded music or even live drums and bra
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