Up Close and Personal: New Essays From Leslie Jamison

MAKE IT SCREAM, MAKE IT BURNEssaysBy Leslie Jamison Pity the personal essayist, fated to play with a reader’s tolerance for that most cursed of vowels. Too many “I”s and you’re self-absorbed; too few and: Where are you in this piece? Perhaps no other writer of her generation has wrestled with this conundrum more than Leslie…

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Want to Write a Cookbook? Don’t Count the Money Just Yet

In 2017, the Dallas food blogger Urvashi Pitre published the “Indian Instant Pot Cookbook.” By any measure, it was a hit, selling more than 100,000 copies. But under the contract she signed with her publisher, Callisto Media, Ms. Pitre received no advance, the payment often given to an author when a book deal is signed.…

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Here She Is, the Safest Driver in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — If you can navigate the maze of roads and freeways in this city and choose not to break a single traffic law, congratulations. You deserve a prize. That prize could have been $20,000, in fact, if you had enrolled in the first L.A.’s Safest Driver contest this summer. Deborra Sarei, 46, a…

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Meat’s Bad for You! No, It’s Not! How Experts See Different Things in the Data

ImageCreditOzier Muhammad/The New York Times Researchers are in another fight about food. This week the Annals of Internal Medicine published studies arguing that eating red meat poses minimal health risks for most people, and that even our certainty about that link is weak. With these conclusions in hand, the authors offered a set of recommendations…

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A Brooklyn Burger That Conjures Old New York

Billy Durney, the Brooklyn restaurateur and pitmaster, has been talking for several years about the fried chicken that he planned to bring to Red Hook. At first, there was no reason to doubt him. That the man is comfortable with long time horizons was clear to anyone who watched how patiently he studied the science…

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For a Couple Associated With L.A., Home is a Greek Revival in Connecticut

The Greek Revival charmer that’s home to the husband-and-wife actors Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry looks modest from the road, rather like a playhouse for a sophisticated child. “We love that — our friends keep forgetting what we have here,” said Ms. Eikenberry, who starred for eight seasons (from 1986 to 1994) with Mr. Tucker…

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A Panorama of Design

ImageRuby City, a 14,000-square-foot contemporary art center designed by the British architect David Adjaye, debuts October 13 in San Antonio TX, and will house the art collection of philanthropist Linda Pace, heir to the Pace Picante salsa fortune, who died in 2007.CreditDror Baldinger/Ruby City and Adjaye Associates Red Jewel of Texas Linda Pace, a philanthropist…

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Style

As the United Kingdom wrestles over its departure from the European Union and finds diversion in the release of “Downton Abbey,” the movie, one thing seems to be sticking around: its décor. Especially, its Victorian décor: the dramatic patterns, ornate millwork and lavish fabrics and trims associated with the reign of Queen Victoria. Spanning much…

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The Newish Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Witold Rybczynski, an architecture critic, author and emeritus professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, was sitting in the lobby of a chain hotel here, trying to peg the elusive charm of this city. After all, as Mr. Rybczynski wrote in his new book, “Charleston Fancy” (Yale University Press), the city…

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Charlotte Perriand’s Work Transformed Rooms. Now It Fills a Museum

If you ask decorators, architects and other aesthetes to name their favorite Modernist, the French designer Charlotte Perriand comes up more often than not. Perriand lived from 1903 to 1999, nearly spanning the 20th century, and she made the most of her decades, designing buildings, furniture, rooms and objects at an impressive clip. She found…

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