A New Hampshire Poet Laureate Lifts Her City’s Covid-19 Advisories

They arrive each week. Words of light encouragement. Moments to reflect. On Sundays, thousands of residents of Portsmouth, N.H., find a poem nestled inside the city’s Covid-19 newsletter. The poems, written by Tammi J. Truax, the city’s poet laureate, help offset the gloom of the pandemic while giving residents a chance to pause briefly and…

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Love Letter: Behind the Velvet Rope of Club Marriage

For many singles, the pressure from parents, family members and friends to find love and get married can often result in feelings of inadequacy. Some assume that not being in a relationship is synonymous with a sad and lonely life (some also assume that marriage is the cure). In this week’s Modern Love essay, after…

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What if Your Home Could Be Mobile, but Also You Could Park It?

ImageDrive anywhere. Do what you want. A promotional photo for the interior of Kibbo’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.Credit…via Kibbo What if the answer to “where to live now” is actually “lots of places” and “kind of nowhere”? Kibbo is a new entry in the booming business of American life in vans. It rents vans to its members…

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The Simple Joys of Tamarind

I wasn’t a terribly naughty child by any means, but I had my share of errant behavior that kept my parents busy. Summers seemed to bring out the best or the worst in me, depending on which side of the equation you viewed it. I loved climbing the tall, wide mango and tamarind trees in…

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Barbara Costikyan, New York Magazine Food Columnist, Dies at 91

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Barbara Costikyan loved traipsing around New York City for fresh foods, often taking her children along in search of homemade feta from Astoria, Spanish sausage from East Harlem or fresh herring from the Lower East…

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Why You Should Write Postcards, Even From Home

The Diary Project A postcard functions outside the language of chats, emails, calls and letters. By Aidan Koch Image Aidan Koch is an artist living in the Mojave desert. She is the author of several graphic novels including “Impressions” and “After Nothing Comes.” The Diary Project is a weekly visual assignment series produced by Alicia…

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This Is Not a Desk Chair

In a rented home on a sunny street in Los Angeles, a team of professional gamers sat hunched over in swivel chairs while a pair of ergonomic specialists observed their posture, asked questions and took notes. The gamers reported pain in their necks, their lower backs, their hips, wrists and shoulders. Carpal tunnel was a…

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Dip for Dinner!

Hi, there, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Margaux Laskey here. Emily is headed out on vacation, so I’ll be sending dinner ideas to your inbox for the next few weeks. Got suggestions? Complaints? You can reach me at margaux@nytimes.com. Where, oh, where did the summer go? It seems impossible, but school has already started…

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How to Handle a ‘Friendly’ Co-Worker Who’s Really a Total Jerk

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. The Banality of Misogyny I work with a man who is considered “nice” and “friendly.” He always asks how I’m doing and shows interest. He also once mansplained…

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This One Is for the Focaccia Lovers

Ever since I went to college nearby, V&T Restaurant and Pizzeria in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan has made my ideal of the eggplant pizza. Covered with stretchy mozzarella and loads of deep-fried eggplant slices (probably the same ones they used for parmigiana), it is crisp, gooey, creamy and without any of the pizza…

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