The Pour: For Connoisseurs and Joe Sixpack, Canned Wines Beckon

A few years ago while driving in Sonoma County, Calif., Gina Schober and her husband, Jake Stover, had a discussion that led to a brainstorm. They were talking about wine-loving friends who enjoyed hiking, bicycling and boating but did not want to be burdened by heavy bottles of wine and related paraphernalia on their outings.…

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Gives Birth to a Boy

LONDON — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — better known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — on Monday welcomed their first child, a boy, the first interracial baby in the British monarchy’s recent history. The newborn is seventh in line to the British throne, behind Prince Harry. It is not clear whether the…

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Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?

You’re holed up with colleagues in a meeting room for two hours, hashing out a plan. Risks are weighed, decisions are made. Then, as you emerge, you realize it was much, much warmer and stuffier in there than in the rest of the office. Small rooms can build up heat and carbon dioxide from our…

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What Happens When You Put 2,000 Nerds on a Boat?

It is the first concert of the JoCo Cruise 2019, and things are going so wrong. The musicians can’t hear themselves sing. Instruments drop out at random. One of the performers, Jim Boggia, has lost his voice. Jonathan Coulton, the singer-songwriter for whom the cruise is named, grouses that it is a “train wreck on…

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Chloroform in Childbirth? Yes, Please, the Queen Said

LONDON — Seldom does female reproduction draw the kind of passionate public interest than on the eve of a royal birth in Britain, when camera crews from around the world camp out and wait for word that a woman’s labor has commenced. [Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, gave birth to a boy.] Royal childbirth has its…

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The House That Grief Built

When visiting the newly restored private apartments of the Duke of Aumale at the Château de Chantilly outside Paris, you could easily think you were seeing the interiors of an 18th-century French castle. The rooms are sumptuous, with purple damask-covered walls, marquetry-inlaid furniture, parquet de Versailles floors and exquisitely carved boiseries, or wooden panels, depicting…

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Straight Out of the ‘Mad Men’ Era, a Furniture Designer Re-emerges

At the International Furniture Fair in Milan last month, a wingback chair sat in the exhibition space of the Italian furniture company De Padova, seemingly waiting for someone in a tea-length dress to sink into it with a cocktail. The chair, with its matching, swooping ottoman, was a revival of a 1956 piece by Paul…

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Speed-Dating Your Sofa

By now, we all know that millennials are less inclined than previous generations to buy a house or car or stick with a single employer. Apparently they have commitment issues when it comes to home furnishings, too. At least that’s the thinking behind several web start-ups seeking to lease them everything from sofas to throw…

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