When Dictionaries Wade Into the Gender (Non)Binary

Inspo. Dad joke. Fabulosity! Rhotic. These are among the 533 new terms and definitions that Merriam-Webster added to its dictionary this month. But none have drawn as much attention as the quotidian pronoun “they,” to which Merriam-Webster has added a new sense, or meaning: “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is…

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Medical News Today: Alzheimer’s: Head device reduces memory loss in 7 out of 8 people

An open-label clinical trial working with eight people with Alzheimer’s disease concluded that a new wearable device that emits electromagnetic impulses was able to significantly improve memory loss in seven of these participants within 2 months. An innovative wearable device can significantly reduce memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new clinical trial. Alzheimer’s…

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Invasion of the Clowns

In the spring of 2007, the comedian and actress Mo’Nique uttered 11 words that would change the course of history. “See, when you do clownery,” she said, “the clown comes back to bite.” The sentiment, delivered during the first season of the VH1 reality show “Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School,” turned out to be…

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What Omnivores Get Wrong About Vegetarian Cooking

On Jan. 1 of this year, I began cooking as a vegetarian. Not because I became vegetarian — that would be professionally untenable — but because my younger child did, thus upending most of my hard-won weeknight cooking strategies. I didn’t think of myself as an animal-centric cook, just your basic modern omnivore. Steaks and…

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A Love Letter to Canned Food

Like many ingredient-obsessed cooks, I hit the farmers’ market once or twice a week. I eat my brussels sprouts and squash in October, my asparagus and rhubarb in June, and not a whole lot beyond potatoes and onions in February. Fresh, local and organic is my kitchen mantra. Yet when I start dreaming about the…

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For These Black Women in Texas, Rodeo Is a Way of Life

Surfacing Raising children, keeping a job and riding horses for a cheering crowd — life on the all-black professional rodeo circuit. Image“I rodeo because I like the competition and the family and the togetherness and the adrenaline rush,” Azja Bryant said.CreditWalter Thompson-Hernández/The New York Times Azja Bryant is a pharmacy technician. Jazmine Bennett works for…

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The Best Baked Apples

Good morning. Dorie Greenspan can picture her mother in her cashmere wrap coat, in a cocktail dress covered with sequins, and in Capris and kitten heels, but never in an apron. “I don’t remember her cooking,” she wrote for The New York Times Magazine this week. “A child of the Depression and a working woman…

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Ben Platt Unleashes His Inner Egomaniac in ‘The Politician’

After two years as the poster child for teen angst in “Dear Evan Hansen,” Ben Platt was over the accolades and ready to move on. He’d sobbed-sung his way into a Tony, Grammy and Emmy, and become the youngest winner of the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award, bestowed once in a career. He’d ranked among…

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Wishing the World Could Be More Soft

Nine years ago, shortly before my 34th birthday and during an early cold snap in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, my husband and I bought two cemetery plots. Only one was for us (to share). We had gone there to purchase another and added ours only because the cemetery was having a sale:…

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Left Twitter Feeling Empowered and Sexy

On September 20, the world got a front row seat to Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty NYFW Show when it began streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Fans promptly took to Twitter to declare their wigs snatched, souls inspired, and bank accounts emptied—all in the name of Rihanna. There were performances from Normani, Halsey, Migos, and DJ…

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