Falling Into the Gap Year

It was only November when Hannah Book, 18, a high school student in Bryn Mawr, Pa., was accepted to her first choice, Emory College in Atlanta. “I got accepted early decision,” she said. “I was really excited, and my mom and I jumped up and down. I felt like all my hard work had paid…

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Eduardo L. Gancayco, Who Kept Hospital Workers Fed, Dies at 62

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Eddie Gancayco spent three decades working in food service at some of New York’s most prestigious institutions, including Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. As manager of the cafeteria and catering there the last half-dozen…

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The N+1 Candidate

Nikil Saval is a socialist candidate running for State Senate in Pennsylvania’s 1st district, which encompasses a huge swath of Philadelphia. He used to edit the literary and political magazine N+1, which is to say that he is more bookish than your standard elected-office-seeker. This occasionally gets in his way. During a recent forum about…

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Do I Have Permission to Corona-Shame My Friend?

I saw a post on my friend’s Instagram that infuriated me: a picture of seven boys in a row, their arms slung over each other’s shoulders, celebrating the 13th birthday of their friend (her son). Three boys wore face masks; four didn’t. We live in a state that recommends social distancing and face masks in…

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Finding Beauty in a New Routine

The day before the governor of California announced a statewide shelter-in-place order, Adrienne Bailon-Houghton, 36, a daytime talk show host on “The Real” and a YouTuber, and her husband of almost four years, Israel Houghton, 48, a gospel singer, songwriter and producer, moved to a new house in Calabasas, Calif. They were quarantined without much…

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How to Keep Your Sanity and Good Mood on Self-Isolation?

Afraid to lose your sanity on self-isolation? You’re not alone. While in some countries the restrictions are being loosened, in some, they are tightened like never before. If you’re still at home and can’t get outside at all or for more than an hour a day or week, follow our simple tips to feel better…

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‘It’s Too Late’: In Sprawling Indonesia, Coronavirus Surges

The 1,340 Maluku Islands are a long way from anywhere. So remote are these Indonesian isles that the country’s most famous novelist was imprisoned there in a gulag that was actually an archipelago. But the coronavirus is stalking the farthest reaches of the planet. The first case of the virus in the Malukus was confirmed…

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Returning, and Awakening, to the Beauty of Rural Alabama

With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’re turning to photojournalists to help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. In this week’s installment of The World Through a Lens, Scott Baker shares a collection of photographs from his hometown in Alabama. In March, decades after I’d moved away, I…

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Camping in the West? Like Everything These Days, It’s Complicated

In the West, cabin-feverish parents yearning to take their children into the woods, couples trying to escape quarantine pods, and all campers who miss their beloved outdoors will this summer find a complicated camping landscape, one of new and conflicting laws, closings and reopenings, and strict requirements on social-distancing and hand-washing. ImagePacking up an R.V.…

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Pamela Anderson’s Garden of Eden

Nothing can prepare you for FaceTiming Pamela Anderson. One second there is only you — staring, through a layer of iPhone glass, at your tired, trapped reflection, both of you hoping that is not how you actually look — and the next second there is Pamela Anderson, brightening the screen instantaneously and completely, the way…

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