Today, Be Kind to Yourself

Train your body, and your brain Dr. Tracey J. Shors, a neuroscience and psychology professor at Rutgers University who has been studying the female brain and stress for 30 years, stumbled on meditation only about 10 years ago after a friend recommended it. “I thought it was about relaxing, but I was wrong,” she said.…


Encounters: Afternoon Beers With a Former Sex Pistol

He arrived on the pop culture landscape of the 1970s with the subtlety of a mushroom cloud, serving as the globally recognized face of punk rock, as well as its id. John Lydon — then known as Johnny Rotten, the lead singer of the British band the Sex Pistols — did not just espouse anarchy,…


Abercrombie & Fitch Is as Good as Zara Right Now

What’s your Abercrombie association? Everyone born between 1980 and 1995 tends to have a strong one. Whether it was a label you lusted over, wore with uniform regularity, or didn’t quite get the fuss about, it was a cornerstone of many of our mall-trolling high school years. (And oh, the smell! ‘Fierce’ is divisive, but…


Dr. Lois Jovanovic, 71, Dies; Helped Diabetic Women Have Babies

As a 12-year-old, Lois and her two siblings helped care for her invalid father until he died of diabetes at 51. She vowed then to become a doctor and to find a cure. “I saw death and dying as a child,” she once recalled. Years later, Dr. Jovanovic, after 29 weeks of pregnancy, gave birth…


The New Old Age: In the Nursing Home, Empty Beds and Quiet Halls

For more than 40 years, Morningside Ministries operated a nursing home in San Antonio, caring for as many as 113 elderly residents. The facility, called Chandler Estate, added a small independent living building in the 1980s and an even smaller assisted living center in the 90s, all on the same four-acre campus. The whole complex…


What Men Should Know About #MeToo: It’s About Them

“Here’s what men don’t get about the #MeToo movement: It is not about women, it’s about us,” Wade Davis, a former N.F.L. player turned educator and activist, said at the New Rules Summit. By “us” he meant men. Women “are laying themselves bare to awaken us, so we can do better,” he said to a…


Representation as Resistance in São Paulo


The photographer Gabriela Portilho examines personal style as a statement of identity, culture and strength on the streets of São Paulo, Brazil.

Photographs and Text by Gabriela Portilho

Produced by Elizabeth Bristow

Five Weeknight Dishes: Fast Favorites

Hello again, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. I’m finding myself in the mood for chicken — roast chicken in particular, something juicy and salty and soul-anchoring. One of my absolute favorites from NYT Cooking is on the list below, Melissa Clark’s sheet-pan chicken with arugula, yogurt and potatoes. I fell back on a lot…


City Kitchen: A Delicate Treatment for a Just-as-Delicate Fish

When you head to the fish market, you may find small thin fillets of flounder, fluke, sole or plaice, or thick halibut fillets. As different as they may be in size, they are all related, part of the flatfish family — and delicate, mild and sweet tasting, with tender white flesh. They are aptly named,…


Q&A: How Wet Clothes Become Translucent

Q. Why do some fabrics become transparent when wet? A. Cloth, like paper, is made up of discrete strands of fiber with air between them. Light hitting the dry material is somewhat scattered within it, but a good share is reflected to the eye. This renders the material visible. Compared with the strands in the…