Life After Prison, on YouTube

This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. In May 2008, when Christina Randall was released from prison after serving nearly three years for battery, robbery and escape, she had nothing but $30 and the brand-new, ill-fitting clothes on her…

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Swimming Against a Tide of Expensive Sushi

No matter how callous and unfeeling we restaurant critics may appear, none of us, as far as I know, has actually hoped for a restaurant to burn down. I may have to reconsider that, though, in light of how much good it seems to have done a sushi bar called Uogashi. When Uogashi’s owners in…

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Pour at Your Own Risk: America Warms to a Spill-Prone Wine Jug

All along the counter at Bar Celona, in Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards in New York, patrons were holding glass watering cans above their heads. And what they were watering was themselves. “I spilled a little, but not much,” said Amanda Horwitz. “I spilled a lot,” her friend Tara Knapp added, laughing. “I think…

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How to Say No During Wedding Season

Search for “bridesmaid proposal” on Etsy and you’ll be met with 49,465 results. There are the cutesy mugs (“I can’t marry my mister without my sister”) and the cards that seem less of a request than an order (“You’re obviously going to be my maid of honor — and no, that wasn’t a question”). These…

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How to Build a Modern Barn

Three years ago, Marc and Lana Reuss found themselves happily untethered, in the enviable position of being able to make a new home for themselves almost anywhere they pleased. They had spent the previous eight and a half years in Europe, where Mr. Reuss helped take a medical products company public. Ms. Reuss had retired…

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Fashion’s Newest Star Already Has Michelle Obama’s Approval

There can be something very unsettling about the crowning of a new fashion wunderkind in the shadow of a former fashion wunderkind closing his business. It has a way of reminding you just how complicated it is to be an independent designer these days. Yet on Monday evening in the soaring, dahlia-filled environs of a…

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On a Remote Siberian Island Asking, Was It Just a Dream?

The 52 Places Traveler Olkhon Island, in Russia’s Lake Baikal, has herds of wild horses, a shamanistic religion and no paved roads. The 52 Places Traveler found his spirit animal there. Nov. 5, 2019 ImageLake Baikal and Olkhon Island are sacred places to the indigenous Buryat people, and the totems of their shamanistic Buddhist faith…

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How to Best Celebrate Christmas in London

Christmastime in London has long set the scene for Charles Dickens’s treasured novels and many a blockbuster rom-com. This year, locations across the city are offering travelers memorable ways to experience Britain’s most beloved holiday traditions. Hotel packages with holiday performances There’s no shortage of festive entertainment during London’s Christmas season. The Shangri-La Hotel, At…

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A guide to female anatomy

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