Despite Everything, People Still Have Weddings at ‘Plantation’ Sites

The resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement this spring spelled the end for many Confederate symbols. Monuments have been removed, by vote and by force. But those symbols include the romanticized imagery of weddings on Southern “plantations,” a practice that carries on. These properties were forced work camps, where enslaved Africans and their descendants…

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Sacha Baron Cohen on the ‘Borat’ Sequel and Playing Abbie Hoffman

Borat uses the flower bed in front of the Trump hotel at Columbus Circle as a men’s room. Sacha Baron Cohen plays the cello and is planning to take some Zoom classes from the masters. Borat keeps his teenage daughter in a cage. (“Is it nicer than Melania’s cage?” she wonders.) And when he takes…

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The Comforts of Clutter

The Look 2020 Objects saved and accumulated can be a balm for uncertain times. Photographs by Leonard Suryajaya Text by Laila Lalami Oct. 17, 2020 ImageAn exploration of accumulation in quarantine: Clorox, blenders, origami and fruit.Credit…Leonard Suryajaya for The New York Times Except for my writing desk, where books, manuscripts, index cards and journals are…

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Balenciaga and Vibram’s Toe Shoes Are the Chaotic Footwear 2020 Deserves

Courtesy Toe Lace-Up Balenciaga balenciaga.com $1,290.00 If you were concerned that it’s been quiet on the ugly shoe front, Balenciaga is here to shake things up. As they do. The label debuted a collaboration with the Italian brand Vibram on its fall-winter runway back in February, but they’re finally hitting the market today to fulfill…

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The 60-Second-Rule: How to Wash Your Face the Right Way and Reduce Pimples?

The “60-second rule” is actively discussed on the Internet, as it helps to cleanse the skin more effectively. What is the “60-second rule” Millennials did not invent the 60-second rule. They rather remembered what dermatologists had told us before. It is assumed that after applying foam, gel or mousse, we should not wash it all…

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When The Stars Are Out of Alignment

Welcome. I can’t see a lot of stars from my house; the light pollution of New York City obscures all but the brightest ones. Whenever I leave the city, I spend a lot of time looking up at the night sky, marveling at the continued existence of the cosmos and earth’s place in it. The…

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‘It’s Fall! Here We Are!’ A Beloved Chocolate Shop Returns

JERSEY CITY — Valerie Vlahakis, the owner of Lee Sims Chocolates, a mom-and-pop shop between a florist and a pharmacy on a scruffy block in Jersey City’s McGinley Square, eyed ghosts in her display window as she waited for patrons to return. It was two days after Labor Day, but the 10-foot-wide storefront was already…

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Love Letter: Introducing the New Modern Love Podcast

The Modern Love podcast is back! Daniel Jones and I will be hosting the new 10-episode season. Every Wednesday until the end of December, we’ll bring you our favorite essays, author updates and Tiny Love Stories (read by the people who wrote them). Listen to the first episode, “Driveway Elegies,” to hear two heartbreaking stories…

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Netherlands to Allow Doctors to Help End Lives of Terminally Ill Children

The Dutch government announced plans this week to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill children who are under 13 years old, a decision that is bound to inflame the debate over physician-assisted death. The Netherlands already allows doctors to facilitate the deaths of people who are over 12 or less than a…

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Are Ballot Selfies Legal?

In a recent Instagram video, Whoopi Goldberg fills out her New York State mail-in ballot, joining other celebrity early voters like Zoë Kravitz, Elle Fanning, Joe Jonas, Tracee Ellis Ross and Lily Collins, all of whom recently posted images of their own ballots or “I voted” stickers on social media. Ms. Goldberg’s completed ballot is…

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