Conjuring Up the World Through the Sense of Taste

BANGKOK — My grandmother in Tokyo kept a pail under her sink. It was filled with what resembled wet sand. But from its pungent depths came what I considered to be the most miraculous of treats — a pickled carrot or daikon or, one of my favorites, a bud of a ginger-like plant called myoga.…

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‘The Other Half of My Soul’: Widows of Covid-19 Bond Over Sudden Loss

Jennifer Law and her husband, Matthew, at their wedding in 2008. He died of the virus in November.  Some feel unacknowledged, struggling to manage the aftermath of their partners’ deaths amid an unending health crisis. “It was really difficult for me because I felt like, man, I’m all alone,” said Pamela Addison, 37, a teacher…

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Some Covid Survivors Haunted by Loss of Smell and Taste

Michele Miller, of Bayside, N.Y., was infected with the coronavirus in March and hasn’t smelled anything since then. Recently, her husband and daughter rushed her out of their house, saying the kitchen was filling with gas. She had no idea. “It’s one thing not to smell and taste, but this is survival,” Ms. Miller said.…

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Los Angeles Lakers Owner Jeanie Buss on Leadership, Love and Magic

This drew the ire of her brother Johnny. “I read in the paper that my brother is fired, publicly,” Johnny Buss said. “I called my brother and he said, ‘I had no idea that Jeanie could fire me in the first place.’” A legal brawl between the siblings cemented Jeanie’s control. Johnny, the owner of…

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The Vegas Chapels Are Open, and Waiting

For couples seeking a quickie wedding, or a whimsical one, Las Vegas is ready. On some days, the line at the city’s famed Marriage License Bureau — where the engaged need nothing more than photo IDs and a $77 fee — wraps around the block. The bureau closed for six weeks at the start of…

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The Year of Buyer’s Remorse

Jenn Takahashi remembers March 27 as the date she panic-bought a Nintendo Switch Lite. She realized her colleagues were playing an online game called Animal Crossing in which your character, usually an anthropomorphic animal, moves to a deserted island, helps develop it, and then hangs out there with other creatures. “I saw this screenshot they…

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Make tinier New Year’s resolutions this year.

Welcome. A group of friends and I used to gather for brunch every year on New Year’s Day, and at the end of the meal, we’d each write a resolution on a slip of paper and put it in a hat. Then everyone drew from the hat, each receiving a random resolution, an assignment for…

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Britain Opts for Mix-and-Match Vaccinations, Confounding Experts

Representatives of Public Health England and AstraZeneca did not respond to requests for comment. Both Pfizer’s and AstraZeneca’s vaccines introduce into the body a protein called spike that, while not infectious itself, can teach immune cells to recognize and fight off the actual coronavirus. Covid-19 Vaccines › Answers to Your Vaccine Questions With distribution of…

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Getting Married Where It All Began

On the first day of his first college class, Brandon Hsuan-Yuan Shih was nervously awaiting his turn to speak. He was in a freshman seminar at Princeton, and the students were asked to share something about themselves as an icebreaker. Mr. Shih had an answer prepared about how he loved music and playing tennis, until…

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