Why You Should Write Postcards, Even From Home

The Diary Project A postcard functions outside the language of chats, emails, calls and letters. By Aidan Koch Image Aidan Koch is an artist living in the Mojave desert. She is the author of several graphic novels including “Impressions” and “After Nothing Comes.” The Diary Project is a weekly visual assignment series produced by Alicia…

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This Is Not a Desk Chair

In a rented home on a sunny street in Los Angeles, a team of professional gamers sat hunched over in swivel chairs while a pair of ergonomic specialists observed their posture, asked questions and took notes. The gamers reported pain in their necks, their lower backs, their hips, wrists and shoulders. Carpal tunnel was a…

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Dip for Dinner!

Hi, there, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Margaux Laskey here. Emily is headed out on vacation, so I’ll be sending dinner ideas to your inbox for the next few weeks. Got suggestions? Complaints? You can reach me at margaux@nytimes.com. Where, oh, where did the summer go? It seems impossible, but school has already started…

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How to Handle a ‘Friendly’ Co-Worker Who’s Really a Total Jerk

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. The Banality of Misogyny I work with a man who is considered “nice” and “friendly.” He always asks how I’m doing and shows interest. He also once mansplained…

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This One Is for the Focaccia Lovers

Ever since I went to college nearby, V&T Restaurant and Pizzeria in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan has made my ideal of the eggplant pizza. Covered with stretchy mozzarella and loads of deep-fried eggplant slices (probably the same ones they used for parmigiana), it is crisp, gooey, creamy and without any of the pizza…

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She Fell in Love, and the Dog Approved

In June 2018, when Tara Harper told Frederick Rahr that she was going to drive eight hours round trip, from Dallas to Pasadena, Texas, to pick up an elderly and neglected German shepherd, she never imagined the man she had been seeing for just a few months would volunteer to join her. When he did,…

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How to Choose the Right New York City Suburb

For some New Yorkers, urban life is a phase, to be experienced between college and the birth of a first or second child. The question of moving to the suburbs is not “whether,” so much as “when.” Now with the pandemic, the timetable for departure is accelerated. “The calls started coming in: ‘We’re ready,’” said…

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A Running Mate Found in the Crowd

Alice Muglia and William Russo had been running in the same political circles since 2012, when she was working for the re-election of President Barack Obama and he was working in the White House for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is now the presumptive Democratic nominee. “We were always a part of the…

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Getting Your Home Ready for Your Pandemic Puppy

Nicole Crystal’s house in Oradell, N.J., wasn’t always a fun house for her Goldendoodle. Before she bought Bowie three years ago, she regularly polished the vintage pine floors of her 19th-century home, had a cozy reading nook in a corner of the living room, and covered her white sofa with colorful throw pillows. Now, Bowie…

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A Little Birdie Gave Him the Scoop at the Zoo

Eric Wasserman Stern and Evan Michael Zuzik figure they have eaten more than a thousand scoops of ice cream together, at least. “Our favorite place is Mitchell’s in Cleveland,” said Mr. Stern, where they had lived before moving to Durham, N.C., in 2019. Mr. Stern’s go-to flavors were amaretto cookie, when it was in season,…

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