Five-Star Pasta

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. We are still at home, and we are still cooking. Let’s acknowledge that it can be a slog. I’ve found that it helps a little when I make a recipe that brings with it some kind of small revelation or a beat of joy: a tip acquired, textures…

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Christian Siriano and Tom Ford Have an Unexpected Mind-Meld

Christian Siriano, late of “Project Runway” (first as a contestant, then as chief mentor in the reinvented series), has never been one of New York Fashion Week’s star attractions. His clothes, which thumb their nose at irony in favor of the blandly glamorous, have always been a little too namby-pamby Hollywood for the Wes Anderson…

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Love Letter: A Mother’s Secret Love

When you become an adult, it’s not unusual to learn something new about the person, or people, who raised you. You may have lived with them, spent hours talking to them and even seen them change as you grew up, but how well do you actually know them? In this week’s Modern Love essay, Ayad…

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Christian Siriano Splashes Down in Connecticut for Spring 2021

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In another dimension—the one where science isn’t “an opinion,” where health is a human right, where Quibi is the name of a celebrity baby instead of, like, whatever it is—Fashion Week would be moving right along. There would be triumphs and trends, breakout faces wearing sponsored mascara, and…

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The Most Famous People in America

Bobby: Though it’s important to note that Exceedingly Popular Academics Online is ALSO the most divisive. There’s actually more disagreement about that category than any other category Lindsey: I feel like BECAUSE it’s so divisive, we get to ignore it, even though it’s number one. Bobby: Totally. So let’s look at sports as number two.…

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Exhume President Warren G. Harding? Family Feuds in Court

There is no real dispute that James Blaesing is the grandson of Warren G. Harding and his mistress. But the wounds of that revelation have resurfaced in court, as relatives of the 29th president, many now in their 70s, argue over a proposal to exhume President Harding’s body as the 100th anniversary of his election…

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Republicans Killed the Obamacare Mandate. New Data Shows It Didn’t Really Matter.

ImageThe Affordable Care Act has survived many attempts to stop it, including the stripping of the individual mandate. Credit…Tim Gruber for The New York Times Health economists long had a favorite metaphor for explaining why Obamacare’s unpopular individual mandate was good policy: the three-legged stool. Obamacare would work, they’d explain, only if it did three things:…

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Mushrooms, the Last Survivors

The mushrooms sit on high, behind glass, above bottles of Armagnac and mezcal in a bar at the Standard hotel in Manhattan’s East Village. They are barely recognizable at first, just eerie silhouettes resembling coral growths in an aquarium, blooming in laboratory-teal light: tightly branched clusters of oyster mushrooms in hot pink, yolk yellow and…

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Help! My Boss Is a Conspiracy Theorist

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. QAnon bosses My pretty intelligent, chill, fun boss seems to be buying into the conspiracy theory nonsense ever since “antifa” showed up in the Seattle area. He mentioned…

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The Burberry Show Was Not About a Cult

It is almost impossible these days to see billowing orange smoke in a densely wooded forest and not feel portents of doom. Especially when the smoke is accompanied by a deep atonal voice intoning, “To be human is to hide away.” It was almost impossible, in other words, to watch the Burberry spring 2021 show…

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