Last Minute Gift Ideas For All Those Fall Birthdays

BettmannGetty Images Birthday season is officially upon us, and that means a good portion of your contact list is having a birthday. No, you weren’t imagining that—September is actually the most popular birthday month in the U.S. And before the flood of throwback birthday shout outs overrun your Insta feed and celebrations start to rule…

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C.D.C. Reverses Testing Guidelines for People Without Covid-19 Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reversed a controversial recommendation suggesting people who have had close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus do not need to get tested if they have no symptoms. The change comes after widespread criticism of the earlier guideline, as well as reporting from The New…

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How to Ship a Vaccine at –80°C, and Other Obstacles in the Covid Fight

Many things will have to work out to end the coronavirus pandemic. Drug companies will have to develop a safe and effective vaccine. Billions of people will have to consent to vaccination. But there are more prosaic challenges, too. Among them: Companies may have to transport tiny glass vials thousands of miles while keeping them…

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Shopping for Fashion, Six Months On

Will shopping ever return to the way it was before the age of coronavirus? Probably not in 2020. ImageShopping at Selfridges in London, in July. Credit…Getty Images Sept. 18, 2020 Six months have passed since lockdown measures were put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus, causing sales for the fashion and retail industries…

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A Playlist of Your Favorite Cover Songs

Welcome. Last week I asked you to send your favorite cover songs. We received a fantastic assortment of tracks, some classic covers (Billy Stewart’s “Summertime”), some recent renditions (Laura Marling’s “Blues Run the Game”). We’ve compiled the submissions in a Spotify playlist where you can spend a few hours in audio bliss. Listening to so…

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Christian Liaigre, Minimalist Interior Designer, Dies at 77

Christian Liaigre, a French interior and furniture designer whose muscular and elegant objects in wood, bronze and leather were emblematic of 1990s minimalism, and whose influential clients included Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Rupert Murdoch, Larry Gagosian and the Mercer hotel in SoHo, died on Sept. 2 in Paris. He was 77. His design firm, Liaigre,…

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Inside the Social World of Shift-Scheduling Apps

Zoom fatigue, layoffs in Slack chat, reply-all meltdowns and the general destruction of work-life boundaries: The digitized plight of the white-collar office employee, 9-to-5-ing remotely, has been documented extensively. In non-white-collar industries, hit even harder by the pandemic — small businesses like restaurants, bars and independent retailers — managers have spent much of this year dealing…

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Are Mushrooms the Future of Wellness?

Even before the onset of the pandemic, which has increased the demand for all manner of so-called organic immunity elixirs, wellness-minded Americans were warming to mushrooms. To be clear, mushrooms don’t cure Covid-19, but they are thought to provide a host of other benefits, from serving as an aphrodisiac to bolstering one’s defenses to toxins.…

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Black Fashion Fair Launches One-Stop Shop for Black Designers

From hot takes on the buzziest fashion shows and the latest happenings in the industry to Outfit of the Day pictures, Antoine Gregory’s Twitter account @bibbygregory has always served as a window into his mind. And at its forefront? Black designers—always. As one of the few Black students in his design class at New York’s…

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