It’s Halloween. Here’s What’s Haunting the Runways.

Salvjiia is a beautiful fright. The Instagram persona of Lilith Morris, she is posed in a recent post as a mutant, her eyes dark pits, her wheat-colored hair cascading to the floor, her torso fused with the fur-covered legs of a deer. Salvjiia, 19, is part of a subculture of self-created oddities proliferating online and,…

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‘But Mom, Video Games Are My Job’

Kyle Giersdorf is 16 years old. He’s a junior at Pottsgrove High School, about half an hour from my home in suburban Philadelphia. In July, he won the first-ever Fortnite World Cup, earning $3 million. As a family doctor, I often hear from parents about how their kids push back at any attempt to limit…

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Race and ‘The Real Housewives’

“The sun always shines on Beverly Hills, but not on everyone,” Camille Grammer says in the opening line of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” which premiered on Bravo in 2010. For the majority of its first nine seasons, the reality show shined its light on a certain type of woman: rich, opinionated and white.…

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New TB Vaccine Could Save Millions of Lives, Study Suggests

In what may be a watershed moment in the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s most lethal infectious disease, an experimental new vaccine has protected about half the people who got it, scientists reported on Tuesday. While a 50 percent success rate is hardly ideal — the measles vaccine, by contrast, is about 98 percent protective…

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‘Seared’ Review: For a Pompous Chef, Comeuppance on the Menu

If you can’t stand my creative, manly heat, get out of my kitchen: This could be the unofficial motto of Harry, the temperamental chef at a tiny Brooklyn restaurant. But it’s O.K. for him to be a jerk because Harry — played by Raúl Esparza with knife-wielding, cocky charm — is not a cook, he…

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An Alternative to the Salad Spinner

I own salad spinners, but I prefer to dry my greens by rolling them up in a terry cloth towel. Obviously, Jill Visit, an entrepreneur from Austin, Tex., is of like mind: She has created the Salad Sling, a 30-inch triple-layer square of absorbent Kelly green fabric. Gather up your washed greens in the sling,…

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Cookbook Authors Discuss Jewish Cuisine

The cookbook authors Leah Koenig and Adeena Sussman will discuss the particulars of Jewish cuisine in Israel and the Diaspora at Symphony Space. Gabriella Gershenson, a food writer, will lead the conversation. FoodTalk: Jewish Food, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12, $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, $15 for people 30 and under, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater…

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Flavored Salts From Momofuku

Flavored salts are not significant in my culinary wardrobe, though occasionally some come along that tempt me, like this set of three developed by Momofuku. A kosher salt blended with crushed Sichuan peppercorns, called Tingly, was the star. The amount of the piquant, palate-numbing spice is well-balanced in the salt, so it does not overwhelm…

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The Baltic States Get Their Culinary Due

Nordic cuisine has garnered interest recently, but the nearby Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, also deserve attention. They rely on similar ingredients like fish (especially smoked), potatoes, caraway, cabbage, dairy, and foraged and fermented products. This new, beautifully photographed book that explores their cuisines fine-tunes the character of each. Estonia is the most Nordic…

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A Chocolate Bar With a Golden Blockchain Token

Some high-end chocolates carry the fair trade label from companies that work closely with farmers and support them. But they represent a small percentage of worldwide chocolate production. Now, with the participation of the United Nations Development Program, the FairChain Foundation based in Amsterdam has introduced the Other Bar, made with fine Ecuadorean chocolate, which…

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