The New Angry Young Men: Rockers Who Rail Against ‘Toxic Masculinity’

When Sam Fender, 22, a British singer-songwriter, released “Dead Boys” four months ago, a song about the suicide of a close male friend, he had no idea that so dour a subject would resonate so deeply. The song, which exorcised his grief in a torrent of fidgety guitars, frantic beats and haunted vocals, has been…

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Seals Are Stranded in a Canadian Town, and People Wonder What to Do

LONDON — The intruders arrived during the night with the wind and high tide. By the morning of Jan. 3, it seemed like the little Canadian town had been overrun. Seals, dozens of them. Seals on the beach, seals on streets and driveways, seals in parks and backyards. More than a week later, they are…

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noted: Millennial, Book and Candle

Sometimes, Megan Prokott snaps a quick selfie with a blanket and a cappuccino. Once in a while, she adds reading glasses and a croissant. There’s always a book. And there’s often a lit, wax pillar. “My ideal reading scene is in a cozy coffee shop or in my apartment with a hot coffee, a cozy…

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Encounters: Danielle Macdonald of ‘Bird Box’ Tries Her Hand at Graffiti

“I feel like I’m doing something illegal, and I like it,” Danielle Macdonald said. It was a shivery Monday morning, and Ms. Macdonald shook a spray can and hissed an arc of orange paint. After starring in the recent Netflix movies “Dumplin’” and “Bird Box,” Ms. Macdonald, 27, was receiving a master class in graffiti…

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In her words: R. Kelly: Why So Many Overlooked the Warning Signs

Image CreditFranziska Barczyk Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “He stole my life from me.”— Lizette Martinez, who says she was controlled and abused by R. Kelly as a teenager For decades, R.…

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Vows: When Cultural Circles Are Expanded and Redrawn

Rabia Ahmad’s parents, who live in Portland, Ore., were not around to witness her exchange of vows with Christopher Pattison on Dec. 19 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. They were visiting relatives in her father’s native Pakistan. But Ms. Ahmad, 39, was not without the warmth of family to greet her when she stepped out…

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Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of xylitol?

Xylitol is a lower-calorie sugar substitute with a low glycemic index. Some research suggests that it may also improve dental health, prevent ear infections, and possess antioxidant properties. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, which is a type of carbohydrate and does not actually contain alcohol. Xylitol occurs naturally in small amounts in fibrous fruits and…

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