Coronavirus World Updates: India, Germany, China, Spain

Here’s what you need to know: ImageAn assembly line of a factory for the joint venture company Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd in Beijing on Wednesday.Credit…Ng Han Guan/Associated Press China’s economy, now a bellwether, shows hints of recovery. Can it last? China’s factories maintained a brisk pace last month, but Chinese consumers were slow to…

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Lady Jordan

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. Lady Jordan Denice Frohman reads her poem Lady Jordan. It didn’t matter that I married the game or slept with a ball under my arm, Mom said Girls don’t hoop, they wear hoops.…

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Ms. Monroe

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. Ms. Monroe Helen Mort reads her poem Ms. Monroe. “In America, a blonde is not just a blonde.” — William K. Zinsser When I first let the mirror see me in my high-street…

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Is Marriage a Prize?

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. Growing up, my parents — immigrants from India — emphasized school and career before marriage. They wanted me to be ambitious, get good grades and make good money (and stop asking them for some).…

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The Mrs. Files

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. About two years ago, when we started going through the millions of photos in The New York Times archives for the Past Tense archival storytelling project, we noticed something puzzling. In one of…

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Ray Eames, Out of Her Husband’s Shadow

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. America had its first introduction to the artist and designer Ray Eames in 1956, and it was brief. NBC’s “Home” show was featuring the debut of the now-famous Eames lounge chair, and the…

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Within a Week, They Fell in Love

Clare Goslant was in search of an affordable place to live in Washington, when she took time off between her junior and senior years at Harvard for an internship with the World Wildlife Fund. What she found was the International Student House, a community of young students and interns in the district that provides dormitory-style…

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Why Sofas? These Books Explain the Joys and Mysteries of the Home

Have you ever wondered how forks ended up with four tines, where to store off-season clothes when you live in a small space, or why there’s green felt on pool tables? These books have answers. Walk into any flea market and you’ll find crafts stitched with aphorisms like “Home sweet home” and “Home is where…

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Finding Solace During This Great Global Pause

Is it OK to admit that I’m grateful for the isolation of the past few months? Because I am. I’m relishing this liminal space, this Great Global Pause. I’ve been in mourning since last August when my adored doorman, Dave Burton, who always helped me zip up my dresses, died of prostate cancer. Nearly two…

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Stick and Poke Tattoos for the Quarantined

Shaved heads, dyed hair, billowing beards: Many are using their newly found free time to alter their appearances. For some, those changes may be permanent. Stick-and-poke tattooing, which involves repeatedly pricking the skin, is proliferating among those at home, healthy and unhindered during quarantine. Reddit’s r/quarantattoo thread is filled with guidance; a post on the…

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