25 Years Later, It Turns Out Phoebe Was the Best Friend

So much of the humor on “Friends” stems from hyperbole. Joey breaks a chair and it’s “the best day ever!” Chandler and Janice have “the worst breakup ever.” Monica’s co-worker is “the funniest guy she’s ever met.” Of America’s mostly beloved sixsome, Phoebe Buffay, the corkscrew blonde, guitar-playing masseuse played by Lisa Kudrow, would seem…

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Following the Lead of the Diving Girl

The Diving Girl was born in Portland, Ore., in 1920. In my pursuit of her ghost, I find myself eyeballing three contentious Canada geese on a floating swim dock in the Willamette River. On this overcast June afternoon, cottony clouds of varying thickness hang overhead, the sun and splashes of blue visible in the gaps…

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Fighting the Shame of Skin Picking

When Deborah Huffman went for her annual physical a few years ago, she saw a new doctor who handed her a paper gown, instructing her to leave it open in the back. The doctor returned a few minutes later to find Ms. Huffman wearing the gown, sobbing. What was wrong? “I pick at my skin,”…

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Another Patient Has Died From Lung Disease After Vaping

A second person has died from a severe lung illness after vaping, according to a lead investigator on the case in Oregon. The investigator said that the person had apparently become sick after vaping T.H.C. from a product purchased at a recreational marijuana shop in the state. The investigator, Dr. Ann Thomas, a pediatrician and…

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Only Rodarte Could Make Picture Day Look this Good

Rodarte/Daria Kobayashi Ritch School picture day was a stressful and daunting event that few of us want to remember, but in Rodarte’s world, it’s a dreamy day where Rowan Blanchard poses like an 80s prom princess, Euphoria’s Alexa Demie does her best Cruella de Vil impression, Lili Reinhart snuggles with a cute puppy, and former…

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Can Female Designers Save New York Fashion Week?

By definition, Hot Girl Summer shouldn’t have involved cashmere. Then came Khaite. The emerging label nabbed a win last week, when Katie Holmes wore its dust-colored wool bralette and cardigan while out shopping in Manhattan. Thin, rich, and bronze-shouldered, Holmes vibrated with the power of ‘70s Jackie O. and ‘90s Liv Tyler. Designer Cate Holstein…

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LeBron James, a Fan of Tacos, Seeks to Trademark ‘Taco Tuesday’

It’s an undisputed fact that LeBron James loves tacos, especially on Tuesdays. And this Tuesday night, for seemingly the thousandth time, the millennial N.B.A. superstar went on Instagram and announced to his tens of millions of followers: “You know what it is! Taco Tuesdayyyyyy!” This is how he lets people know it is his family’s…

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David Oyelowo Reads ‘Seeing the World Through My Wife’s Eyes’

Mr. Knighton is the author of “Cockeyed: A Memoir.” Mr. Oyelowo is an actor best known for his role as Martin Luther King Jr. in the movie “Selma.” He appears most recently in the movie “Don’t Let Go.” Stay tuned after the reading to hear more from him, Mr. Knighton and the Modern Love editor…

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T.S.A. Reverses Ban on ‘Star Wars’-Themed Thermal Detonator Coke Bottles

These aren’t the bombs airport security is looking for. The Transportation Security Administration has had a change of heart after telling travelers that they could not fly with soft drink bottles shaped like the thermal detonators featured in “Star Wars.” The novelty items are fine to bring along, it said, whether you’re traveling near or…

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