Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Neeraj Agrawal, a spokesman for a cryptocurrency think tank, has typically used the encrypted messaging app Signal to chat with privacy-minded colleagues and peers. So he was surprised on Monday when the app alerted him to two new users: Mom and Dad. “Signal still had a subversive shine to it,” said Mr. Agrawal, 32. “Now…

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Is Remote Work Making Us Paranoid?

Liz Drews, 35, started a new job as the manager of merchant operations team in Omaha during the pandemic and worries a lot about how she comes off on her video calls, since she has a 2-year-old at home. “I have a house that’s not organized or clean right now,” she said. “Especially in a…

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Sea Shanty TikTok Meme, Explained

In the final week of 2020, Nathan Evans, a 26-year-old Scottish postman and aspiring musician, shared a video of himself on TikTok, singing a sea shanty called “Soon May the Wellerman Come.” He wasn’t expecting anything to happen, but the app has a way of turning dusty esoterica into viral gold. Indeed, over the last…

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Faith is Hard to Define. Can Spiritual Directors Help?

For some seeking spiritual connection, this results in a hybrid approach. Alissa Ballot, 65, another of Ms. Pannier-Cass’s clients and a retired lawyer in Chicago, was already a member of a synagogue when a retreat introduced her to spiritual companionship. She has found greater self-understanding by writing poetry at Ms. Pannier-Cass’s suggestion, she said. Spiritual…

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How That Iconic Gucci Moment in Saweetie’s “Best Friend” Video Came to Be

It’s 2021, and the girls did not come to play. The relevant girl in particular here is Diamonté Harper, a.k.a. Saweetie. Her «Best Friend» music video featuring Doja Cat racked up more than 18 million views over its debut weekend, while also serving up a sumptuous fashion feast amid glittering visuals. Among the eight eye-catching…

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What Art Does for Us

Welcome. When I was 22, I was a factotum at a nonprofit theater in New York City. I made fundraising calls and addressed envelopes. The job was pretty humdrum, but it had one massive perk: I’d frequently get free tickets to shows I’d never be able to afford otherwise: Cherry Jones in “Pride’s Crossing”; “Art,”…

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Vitamins C and E Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson’s Disease

People who consume a diet rich in vitamins C and E may be at reduced risk for Parkinson’s disease. Researchers followed 41,058 Swedish men and women for an average of 18 years, gathering data on their health and diet. They assessed intake of vitamins C and E as well as beta-carotene and a measure called…

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Excess Weight During Pregnancy Tied to Fertility Issues in Sons

Overweight mothers may be more likely to have infertile sons, Danish researchers report. Their study included 9,232 men and women aged 31 to 34. Among this group, 10 percent were born to underweight mothers, having a body mass index below 18.5; 77 percent to normal weight mothers; and 13 percent to overweight or obese mothers,…

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This $100 Moroccan Trellis Rug Is The New Amazon Coat

I call it The Rug. I own one. So do two close friends. A favorite cousin. A few members of my group chat. Many, many social media acquaintances. Thousands upon thousands of people, the type who leave reviews on retail websites. In this way it is like the home décor version of the horror film…

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A Soup to Make You Feel Better

Melissa Clark has a lovely column in The Times this week that’s about cooking a spicy, vegetable-forward lemony white bean soup with greens and ground turkey (above), though you could just as easily use ground pork or beef or chicken, tofu or seitan or vegan ground chorizo. I like it with kale or collards, but…

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