What We Tell Children When the World Seems Unsafe

This is about the song my mother used to sing, “Shake Hands With Your Air Raid Warden.” It’s about living through scary times with children, and what you tell them when the world does not seem like a safe place. And of course, it’s about my mother, and maybe about her generation, which certainly grew…

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Easter Delivery From Adam Leonti’s Latest Project

This is not the time to embark on a new restaurant project. But Adam Leonti, whose recent career has had its share of disruptive events, is forging ahead with one. Having closed Leonti on the Upper West Side in January, he is now the executive chef for Sofia’s Panificio e Vino, formerly Sofia’s of Little…

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Meet Your Meme Lords

Future researchers can rest easy: Know Your Meme, Urban Dictionary, Creepypasta and Cute Overload have all been preserved by the Library of Congress. So has the band website for They Might Be Giants and the entire published output of The Toast, the humor site that shut down in 2016. And while the Library of Congress…

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Passover Under Lockdown: Israeli Jews Revise the Rituals

JERUSALEM — Singing outdoors. Participating remotely in a relative’s Zoom Seder. Leaving apartment doors open so solitary neighbors can hear the recitations. Israeli Jews are seeking novel ways of celebrating this week’s Passover holiday, traditionally a festival of freedom and community, after the government announced strict curfews to limit social gatherings. On the first night…

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Garlicky Braised Greens for When That Vegetable Craving Hits

A big bowl of garlicky, soupy greens is what I craved today, probably my body’s natural response to all the poundcake and cookies I’ve been obsessively baking. So I took a deep breath, looked out the window at the blossoming trees, and cooked something green. I had some baby kale I got from the farmers’…

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How to Look Good on Camera, According to Tom Ford

April 7, 2020 A master class in lighting for your next video conference. Step 1 Image Put the computer up on a stack of books so the camera is slightly higher than your head. Say, about the top of your head. And then point it down into your eyes. Step 2 Then take a tall…

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Seasonal Bars and Food Festivals Feel Pandemic’s Effects

The Sherman Zwicker, a 78-year-old wooden fishing schooner, returned to New York City at the end of March after spending the winter in dry dock in Connecticut, having parts of its hull replanked by shipwrights at the Mystic Seaport Museum. With some fresh paint, a new awning and a load of supplies, the schooner would…

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How Coronavirus Attacks the Body

You’re looking at a virtual reality image of a coronavirus patient at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. The patient is a generally healthy 59-year-old man with high blood pressure. Just days before this image was created, he was asymptomatic. But now, those green areas show where the infection has damaged tissue in the lungs.…

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Ramen (and Udon) Available for Home

Instant ramen is one thing. What sets serious ramen apart is the deeply flavored, long-simmered broth, infusing all the components — vegetables, meats, eggs, tofu, seasonings and of course, noodles — with soulful richness. But even if you have ample time for leisurely cooking, would you have a pot of tonkotsu broth bubbling away with…

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How to Keep ‘Zoombombers’ Out of Your Meetings

As Zoom’s user base has grown in recent weeks, reports of “Zoombombing,” or “Zoom raiding,” have spread across the internet. Public school classes, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, yoga sessions and other virtual gatherings have been derailed by participants. Some of the these Zoombombers have been students, frustrated by online schooling and eager to escape the virtual…

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