Say My Name, Say My Name, Say My Name (Correctly!)

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Do I Need to Spell It Out for You? My job responsibilities have grown, and I find myself in more Zoom calls with senior colleagues I’ve never met.…

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Love Letter: The Last Full Moon of Summer

Welcome to September. As you may have known (or seen outside your window), the beginning of this month brought a full moon. This moon, called the “Corn Moon” by the Algonquin people, is the last full moon of summer. September’s full moon coincides with a number of celebrations in various religions and cultures, including the…

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Russians Publish Early Coronavirus Vaccine Results

On Friday, a team of Russian scientists published the first report on their Covid-19 vaccine, which had been roundly criticized because of President Vladimir Putin’s decision last month to approve it before clinical trials had proved it safe and effective. In a small group of volunteers, the scientists found that the vaccine produced a modest…

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When the Story Line Is This Easy, You Just Know

Will Ryan Jones had some time to kill before attending a party hosted by the Cameroon Embassy in Washington, so he asked Monica Marie Clark if he could tag along with her to her friend’s birthday party. Mr. Jones and Ms. Clark had crossed paths before at mutual friends’ gatherings, but this time, they were…

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The Work Diary of 88rising’s Pan-Cultural Hitmaker

For this year’s Coachella festival, the music mogul Sean Miyashiro planned to produce a groundbreaking festival showcase for 88rising. His Los Angeles-based pan-Asian music company scheduled performances for Joji, a lo-fi Japanese crooner; NIKI, an Indonesian singer-songwriter; and Rich Brian, a viral Chinese-Indonesian rap star — as well as a label showcase featuring nearly 100…

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Overlooked No More: Before Kamala Harris, There Was Charlotta Bass

This article is part of Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, went unreported in The Times. When Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president last month, Mikki Wosencroft cried. “It gave me goose bumps to see how far we’ve come,” she said. She was thinking of…

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The Elements of Wok Hei, and How to Capture Them at Home

“I like the food here,” my dad would unfailingly say to me as he pulled open the aluminum-framed, oil-smudged glass door at Sun Lok Kee, a Mott Street stalwart that served beef chow fun and other Cantonese classics at any hour of the day until it burned down in 2002. “It has that nice smoky…

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Cure Tie-Dye Fatigue with the Newest It-Print for Quarantine

Courtesy Did you even quarantine if you didn’t wear tie dye sweatpants? Now that we’re six months deep into lockdown, the comfort we once found in psychedelic sweatpants is starting to wane. Sure, we still succumb to the oversaturated swirly splattered patterns like our lives depend on them, but like our sourdough starter, we’re starting…

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Roast Chicken and Plums Make the Sweetest Sheet-Pan Meal

If there’s ever been a year in need of sweetening, it’s this one. So I’ve been looking forward to Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, more avidly than usual. Like many Jews, my family will dip apples and challah in honey, and bring sweet fruit-laden dishes to the table as a harbinger of the year…

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To Many Travelers, 2020 Was the Summer of 1965

Last year, Amanda Morgan watched a production of “My Fair Lady” at the Sydney Opera House, drove from Queenstown to Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, roamed through lavender fields in Provence and spent a week in Mykonos. She celebrated Christmas in Amsterdam and New Year’s Eve in Paris. When the coronavirus struck the United…

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