About Melania Trump’s Lime Green Dress and Ivanka Trump in Black

It ended with a spectacle, there is no doubt. A panoply of Trumps, arrayed on a makeshift stage created on the South Lawn of the White House, fanning out around their patriarch as he officially accepted the Republican nomination for president in front of a forest of American flags. The White House glowed in the…

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The 2020 Party Conventions Gave New Meaning to Political Theater

The largely virtual format of the Republican and Democratic national conventions meant that even more than usual, the messages were embedded within the visual presentation. Here Vanessa Friedman, the chief fashion critic for The New York Times, and James Poniewozik, the chief television critic, discuss what they saw and what it all meant. VANESSA FRIEDMAN…

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Keke Palmer Keeps a Check

If you have ever seen a peregrine falcon slice cleanly through the pale dawn to capture and dismember a starling midair, you have a rough idea of what will happen this weekend, when the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony is hosted to within an inch of its life by Keke Palmer. The assignment is…

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Today’s Chefs Are Honoring a Vital Tradition: Feeding the Revolution

ImageFrom left: the New York-based activist Gaïana Joseph — a co-founder of Fuel the People, a nonprofit that serves foods at demonstrations — her mother, Louisena Dufleurant Joseph, and the writer Klancy Miller created their ideal meal of the resistance for T, including, from left, a vanilla-rose cake from the Williamsburg bakery Luckybird, Dufleurant Joseph’s…

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A Lighter, Brighter Meatball

Meatballs are savory, versatile and easy, but they’re definitely not what comes to mind when I think of “seasonal cooking.” Maybe it’s their long-term relationship with marinara sauce and spaghetti. Hearty and crowd-pleasing, yes. Buoyant and summery, not so much. But these meatballs turn everything on its head. With fresh basil, ground cumin and ginger,…

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Is Opening a Hotel in Rockaway Beach Right Now a Good Idea?

On a recent Thursday morning, the staff at the Rockaway Hotel was busy installing sanitation stations, arranging lounge chairs six feet apart and practicing contactless check-ins. Scheduled to open Labor Day weekend, the upscale property sits just two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean in Queens. “We don’t have time to complain or say this pandemic…

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College Is Everywhere Now

As the fall semester begins, many college students will be attending classes from the relative safety of their family homes. Others have arrived to live on university campuses, with varying amounts of success; even schools that enforce strict social distancing guidelines are seeing outbreaks of the coronavirus. But some students are pursuing a third option:…

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How Summer Festivals Persevered in the Pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic first exploded earlier this year, some hoped that it would end within weeks or months, with enough hand washing and other measures, perhaps with the sunlight of spring and summer. That didn’t happen. Just as doctors and other experts had warned, rising temperatures and longer days failed to stop the spread.…

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When Retirement Comes Too Early

Joey Himelfarb estimates that in his 25 years in sales, hawking everything from Hewlett-Packard computers to cars and swimming pools, he has been laid off or downsized at least a half-dozen times. The most recent occasion came in April, when he got a call from the chief executive officer of the start-up in northern Virginia…

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Will They See Me as a Son, a Daughter or a Stranger?

Unlike my mother’s usual emails (with the entire message crammed into the subject line), this one had no text, only an attached photo. I clicked on the file and reeled at the picture of her, emaciated, with a deep gash above her bruised eye. I called immediately. “Mom, what happened?” “I fell. At the flat…

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