11 Supposedly Fun Things We’ll Never Do the Same Way Again

Early in the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said something that grabbed a lot of attention: Handshakes should become a thing of the past. It sounded far-fetched. But as the outbreak drags on, and we’ve become more conscious of germs and hygiene, “some of the changes we made are likely…

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‘A Smoking Gun’: Infectious Coronavirus Retrieved From Hospital Air

Skeptics of the notion that the coronavirus spreads through the air — including many expert advisers to the World Health Organization — have held out for one missing piece of evidence: proof that floating respiratory droplets called aerosols contain live virus, and not just fragments of genetic material. Now a team of virologists and aerosol…

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Marc Jacobs, Leandra Medine and Others Are Not Giving Up on Clothes Just Yet

Last summer Nicole Gordon posted an Instagram snap of herself framed in a doorway at home. In a slinky sleeveless dress, vivid makeup and towering heels, Ms. Gordon, a writer and art adviser, was the picture of cocktail-hour glamour. Just weeks ago she posted a nearly identical image: her lips tinted scarlet, hair swept back…

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Breakout Designer Harris Reed Is Taking Over the World One Enormous Hat at a Time

Harris Reed, with illustration by Lukas Palumbo  “No holds barred. I love that expression,” says Harris Reed. The designer, who uses they/them pronouns and identifies as gender-fluid, was constantly on the move as a kid, living in 30 different places. They sought refuge in dress-up, using fashion “as an elevator conversation, showing people who you…

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You Are Cordially Invited (or Not) to Our Socially Distanced Wedding

Lara Eurdolian’s dream roof deck wedding with 160 guests in Brooklyn was planned for Sept. 26, 2020. But like thousands of couples, the coronavirus put an unexpected halt to her plans. “I still wanted to get married but I wanted to be sensitive to what people were going through,” said Ms. Eurdolian, the founder of…

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A Hamptons Retreat on a Budget, in a Hurry

For many years, Matthew and Jennifer Miller had an idyllic Hamptons escape for summer weekends away from their sweltering apartment in Manhattan: a quaint, 400-square-foot studio above a detached garage at the Bridgehampton, N.Y., home owned by Mr. Miller’s mother. “For us, it was perfect,” said Mr. Miller, 40, the founder of StudioLAB, a New…

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17 Learning Tools For Your Next Outdoor Excursion

Some of the most engaging and meaningful vacations have long been entwined with learning, be it visiting museums and libraries or touring historic properties. Nowadays, though, many vacations are outdoor excursions. Yet that doesn’t mean learning is strictly about survival skills. Rather, an outdoor vacation is an opportunity to explore the wonders of ocean life,…

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For Doctors of Color, Microaggressions Are All Too Familiar

When Dr. Onyeka Otugo was doing her training in emergency medicine, in Cleveland and Chicago, she was often mistaken for a janitor or food services worker even after introducing herself as a doctor. She realized early on that her white male counterparts were not experiencing similar mix-ups. “People ask me several times if the doctor…

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