Katherine Humphrey, Zakary Toomey

Katherine Porteous Humphrey and Zakary Kendall Toomey were married May 4 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in Detroit. Daniel Zeno, a friend of the groom who became ordained through the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, officiated. Mrs. Toomey, 32, works in the housing and revitalization department of the City of Detroit, helping…

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Jared Levan, Lance Lin

Jared Levan and Lance Lin were married April 30 in San Francisco. Diane Rea, a county clerk at San Francisco City Hall, officiated. Mr. Levan (left), 35, is the head of account management at Impossible Foods, a company that makes plant-based meat and dairy products, with headquarters in Redwood City, Calif. He graduated from Cornell.…

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Is It Camp?

Explainers This year’s Met Gala theme has us wondering about things we treasure. May 4, 2019 In 1964, Susan Sontag defined camp as an aesthetic “sensibility” that is plain to see but hard for most of us to explain: an intentional over-the-top-ness, a slightly (or extremely) “off” quality, bad taste as a vehicle for good…

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What Is the Met Gala, and Who Gets to Go?

Officially, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit, a black-tie extravaganza held the first Monday in May to raise money for the Costume Institute (a.k.a., the fashion department). Unofficially, the night’s festivities have been called many things, including “the party of the year,” “the Oscars of the East Coast” (mostly because of the…

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Candidates With a History of Big Promises

Before their presidential aspirations became national news, six of the 23 declared candidates in the 2020 election were part of a different type of announcement published in The New York Times: their wedding announcement. Two of Donald J. Trump’s weddings were reported in The Times. Pete Buttigieg, Eric Swalwell, Tulsi Gabbard, Michael Bennet and Bill…

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‘It’s Unnatural? Absolutely.’

Overture Looking back on his life and career in “The Glass of Fashion” in 1954, Cecil Beaton, the society photographer and social fixture, reported a curious incident sometime in the 1930s. “Hearty naval commanders or jolly colonels,” he wrote, “acquired the ‘camp’ manners of calling everything from Joan of Arc to Merlin ‘lots of fun,’…

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