fixtures: Kathy Hourigan Is Knopf’s Secret Weapon

Image Kathy Hourigan, who started at Knopf in 1963, in her office. She rose from secretary to her current role as vice president, managing editor of Knopf Doubleday.CreditDaniel Dorsa for The New York Times In 1963, on the Friday before Labor Day, Kathy Hourigan went to a Manhattan employment agency that specialized in publishing. The…

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Coffee May Tame the Redness of Rosacea

Image Yet another reason to drink coffee: A new study suggests it can be good for the complexion. Researchers studied the effect of coffee drinking on the risk for rosacea, a chronic skin disease that causes facial redness in about 5 percent of the population. The scientists used data on 82,737 women participating in a…

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Uber’s New Scooters Took Over Paris Fashion Week

Fashion month is over and editors have had a few days to sort out the biggest trends to emerge from the four-city whirlwind. Marigold seems to be a frontrunner for the color next spring, while big voluminous ruffles, cargo pants, and acid wash denim (really!) are in. Also in? Electronic scooters. Irene Lara wearing a…

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Eat: Now Is the Time for the Comfort of Swan-Shaped Pastries

I’ve enjoyed some electric spikes of optimism and even some exhilaration over the past many months, but they’ve ended like junk-food highs; generally, I’ve found myself feeling uncommonly bleak. I try to tune it out, look to the light, but even the food pages have grown heavy. Where there used to be lively essays about…

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What to Cook: You Don’t Need a Recipe!

Good morning. I had some pasta shells in the larder, a bunch of spicy Italian sausage in the fridge, some butter and a fistful of sage. I got water going on the stovetop for the pasta, and that was dinner right there, no-recipe-recipe-style: the sausages seared tight and then cut into coins, then fried again…

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Astrology Is Hard, Even if It’s Fake

On the morning of the International Society for Astrological Research’s Certification of Astrological Proficiency (ISAR CAP) exam, which was held at a Marriott in Chicago on a balmy morning in May, the cosmic weather boded well. The moon was in Sagittarius, the most erudite of the signs, and the communication planet Mercury had just entered…

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A Toast to Bulldogs in Tuxedos and Chihuahuas in Chiffon

Image Frank, an English bulldog, walked down the aisle at his owners’ March 2017 wedding in a navy tuxedo and gold-sequined bow.CreditGambol Photography Frank, a stubby English bulldog dressed in a navy tuxedo adorned with a gold-sequined bow tie, ambled down the aisle through the North Carolina grass at his owners’ wedding. He looked quite…

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Heads Up: In Tuscany, Farms Embrace Nature — and Visitors

Just beyond the medieval ring wall of the Tuscan town of Lucca, the city rapidly gives way to country villas and agrarian pastures. Among these fertile hills, a flourishing cooperative community of biodynamic vineyards and farms has taken root — with several of them now welcoming guests for farm stays. These local farmers — despite…

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Looking Beyond Tel Aviv for Israel’s New Restaurant Scene

The Israeli chef Snir Eng-Sela was leading the kitchen at Commerce, Harold Moore’s now-closed American nouveau restaurant in the West Village, when he realized he’d had enough. He was living in a cramped one-bedroom in the West Village with his wife and their 4-year-old daughter Mya. Mr. Eng-Sela had spent years clawing his way up…

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Phys Ed: A Device That Makes Running Faster and Easier

A newly invented wearable device could provide support, succor and an unexpected boost in speed to runners who might otherwise not be able to keep up with their training partners or former selves, as well as people who might like to try running but fear it is just too hard. The device, a kind of…

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