I Quit the Priesthood

ImageCredit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Len Schreiner couldn’t help falling in love. So he wrote a letter to Pope John Paul II and waited. Interview by Danya Issawi Jan. 20, 2020 I grew up in a very Roman Catholic atmosphere in western Kansas and had always been drawn to the priesthood. I joined the Capuchin…

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I Quit Chewing Gum

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times It’s costly. It’s unsightly. And my jaws are tired. Jan. 20, 2020 Forget about “Drynuary,” which I broke on Jan. 2 with that insouciant leftover chardonnay in the door of the fridge. Or diets, long feminized and scorned, and now rebranded by annoying tech bros as “intermittent…

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I Quit Cars

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times And in Los Angeles! Lauren Ferree, 27, does not miss the traffic — or destroying the environment. Interview by Danya Issawi Jan. 20, 2020 I was born and raised in L.A., and my mom is an environmentalist. We’ve always composted and she’s always had some sort of garden.…

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I Quit Buying Things

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times John Michael Hogue, a 23-year-old from Chicago, felt conflicted by consumerism, so he took a leap of faith. Interview by Danya Issawi Jan. 20, 2020 I grew up in Omaha, in a suburban household that had normal consumer routines. But even as a child, some of those…

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I Quit the Act of Quitting

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than not saying no. By Mallika Rao Jan. 20, 2020 I’m a quitter, in the right sense of the word, by present-day standards. I, like so many brave men and women with the means to do so, have gotten by for days…

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I Quit My Job After a Particularly Good Beach Day

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times And as a woman of color, that meant reclaiming my self-esteem and unlocking a world of possibility. Jan. 20, 2020 Once upon a time, I worked at a magazine, reporting to a cowardly white woman who, early in our working relationship, told me that she didn’t consider…

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I Quit Dating Entirely

ImageCredit…Shutterstock Mae-sa Dixon, 35, swore off sex seven years ago. She says she’s never been happier. Jan. 20, 2020 I started having sex at 16, and I didn’t have my first orgasm during sex until I was about 25. In 2013, I decided to stop dating and having sex with other people entirely. I have…

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I Quit My Elaborate Skin Care Routine

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times I threw a lot of time and money at my face. It wasn’t worth it. By Iva Dixit Jan. 20, 2020 Mine is a before-and-after of the kind that is often promised in midafternoon infomercials: a transformation so stark that it’s impossible not to derive a little…

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I Quit Yale

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times If James Franco could handle grad school, why couldn’t I? Jan. 20, 2020 My first time quitting something academic was during my first year at Cornell. I was a textiles and apparel major, and I quit that after my first semester. It felt right. Fashion wasn’t for…

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I Quit My Smartphone

ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times Thanks to the Allen Carr technique for quitting smoking. By Lisa Wells Jan. 20, 2020 About a year ago, I noticed a distressing tendency in myself to drift off while the people I loved were talking. It didn’t matter if they were talking about a book they…

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