Mrs. Rogers’s Neighborhood

Patricia Clarkson has advice for getting bargains at charity sales. “You got to fight,” Ms. Clarkson said last Thursday at Fashion for Action, an annual shopping benefit for Housing Works, which is known to attract an elbows-out crowd. “Because there are things that are hot and people who’ll push in front of you.” Ms. Clarkson,…

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100 Women, One Mile-Long Runway

Most runway shows take place during designated fashion weeks—within the walls of hotspots in major cities worldwide. Recently, though, SOREL broke the mold—the footwear brand totally ditched fashion show norms for its New York show in early October. Professional models, for one, were not involved. Instead, SOREL chose to cast a lineup of real, everyday…

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Office Design That Sends a New Message

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. It’s been 20 years since the release of “Office Space,” the Mike Judge movie that lampooned the drudgery of the corporate workplace. In many ways, office culture remains the same. But these days, the soul-sucking…

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A Very Sarah Jessica Parker History of Wearing Lingerie On-Screen

Despite starring in a show about sex, Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t often discuss carnality. She’s got other things to do, like make dreamy shoes and get divorced on TV and save her neighborhood from squash robbers. Until now. That’s thanks to Initimissimi, the Italian lingerie chain smart enough to snare SJP as its main model.…

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What If Porn Had No Pictures?

“I know it when I see it,” Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote in a 1964 Supreme Court case when asked to set legal parameters for “hard-core” pornography. But what do you call it — hard-core, soft-core, whatever you like — when there’s nothing to see? “‘Erotica’ doesn’t sound as fun,” said Caroline Spiegel, a founder…

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Sleeping Fewer Than 5 Hours a Night Tied to Bone Problems

Sleeping too little may increase the risk for osteoporosis. A study of menopausal women has found that sleeping less than five hours a night is associated with significantly increased low bone mineral density. The report, in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, compared 1,080 women who slept less than five hours with 4,025 who…

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One Whopper Jr., Hold the Toy

In the climactic scene of “Toy Story 3,” Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the crew narrowly escape death when a remote-controlled claw lifts them from an incinerator just before flames engulf them. Now Burger King is set to enact an alternative ending — collecting, sorting and chopping up hundreds of thousands of tiny…

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AIDS Memorial Quilt to Return Home to San Francisco

The AIDS Memorial Quilt, a vast network of patches commemorating the lives of people who have succumbed to illnesses related to the disease, will return to San Francisco, where its first panels were created in 1987. The quilt’s longtime steward, the NAMES Project Foundation, which is headquartered in Atlanta, will announce the move on Wednesday…

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Choose Your Cozy Hangout

This article is part of our November Design special section, which focuses on style, function and form in the workplace. More than ever, pods and podlike chairs are necessary refuges in busy work environments. Today’s open-plan office, where executives might sit shoulder-to-shoulder with underlings, is no longer defined by a desk. Work happens over coffee,…

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Thanksgiving at War

Good morning. Here’s something worth thinking about as we zoom inexorably toward next week’s feast, toward family and friends, the warmth of the kitchen, the buzz of the dining room: America has been at war for the past 18 years. Next week will mark the 19th Thanksgiving during which service members and civilians have celebrated…

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