Paper Chase: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Turns 175

“A Christmas Carol” came out on Dec. 19, 1843, well before The New York Times began publishing in 1851. The novel — with beautiful illustrations by John Leech — was a best-seller in both England and the United States. Because there were no international copyright laws, Dickens didn’t make a cent from American editions. The…

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Q&A: Billy Eichner Has Never Been to Paris

Billy Eichner is a comic actor who became famous running around Manhattan, playing rapid-fire pop culture trivia games on “Billy on the Street” with sometimes willing New Yorkers. Those who correctly identify the names of three of the seven dwarves in “Snow White” or the person whose photograph Sinead O’Connor ripped up on “Saturday Night…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Kailua-Kona

Image A view of the coastline off Ali’i Drive, in Kailua-Kona.CreditMarco Garcia for The New York Times Travelers flying into Kona International Airport are greeted by a grim panorama: scorched earth and black, volcanic rock stretching from the sea to the mountains. Given all the apocalyptic footage issuing from Hawaii’s Big Island earlier this year,…

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Trending: Hotels Are Enhancing Offerings for Pint-Size Guests

As a mother of two young children who often accompany me on my travels, I can say that most of the hotel kids’ clubs I’ve seen — that is, if a property even has one — tend to be single room spaces with little consideration to youthful interests. Most offer predictable activities like arts and…

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domains: The Squishiest, Sweetest Sleep

He used Jell-O and cornstarch at first, but the squashy gunk, poured into a vinyl bladder, was too heavy to move. And it began to stink after a few days. Then he tried water. “Rancid Jell-O Led to First Water Bed,” a newspaper headline proclaimed at the time. It was 1967, the Summer of Love,…

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Meanwhile: How Pantone Picked ‘Living Coral’ as the 2019 ‘Color of the Year’

Image Wendy MacNaughton is a graphic journalist based in San Francisco. You can find her via website and Instagram. More ‘Meanwhile’ Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrated column about the big implications of seemingly small things. The $0.006 Object in Your Sushi Container Is Doing an Important Job It separates flavors and comes from a centuries-old Japanese tradition.…

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12 Crossbody Bags to Buy Before Your Self-Imposed No-Shop January

Your holiday shopping list may be long, but convince yourself it’s ok to indulge in something practical (for yourself of course) like a Prada bag. Loads of crossbodies, the workhorse of your wardrobe are on sale, so check out this roundup of our favorite picks ahead.

Browsing: Gifts for the Person Who’s Cooler Than You Are

Consider this our present to you, dear reader: a stress-free gift guide with plenty of special treats for all of the special women on your list — mother, sister, BFF or just that girl you keep seeing in the mirror. Image 1. A black purse that’s far from boring, this cross-body shearling pouch adds unexpected…

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