What Does ‘Wife’ Mean for Queer Women?

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. The actress Samira Wiley was on the set of “Orange Is the New Black” in December 2012 when she met Lauren Morelli, a writer on the show. They both quickly developed feelings for…

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Watching the Pandemic Steal Intimate Moments From Teenagers

On a day when my 17-year-old son can’t seem to summon the strength to wake up, I worry he’s coming down with the coronavirus or that he’s slipped into a deep depression. But he tells me that his partner, who is 19 and uses “they/them” pronouns, is moving into the nursing home where they work.…

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Stories from our Headlines

If you’ve tried to read a book — or anything longer than 280 characters — lately, you’ve likely pondered the role of, and appetite for, fiction in our attention-fractured times. So, too, has Tyler Cabot, since long before the coronavirus swept in. “We’ve had an overflow of news, generally, and then on the other side,…

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These No-Bake Bars Are the Next Best Thing to a Peanut Butter Cup

Despite the fact that I’ve been keeping my family knee-deep in snickerdoodle cake and shortbread, everyone’s been craving peanut butter cups. But since we didn’t want to wait for our grocery delivery, I whipped up a pan of buckeye-inspired chocolate peanut butter bars instead. They have that same fudgy-salty-sweet vibe, but with a layer of…

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Make It Ahead

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. My daughter said something kind of funny the other day at lunch: “Dinner is coming for us, Mama!” She was just narrating the events of the day as she expected them to unfold, using her toddler syntax. But she had divined a feeling I often have these days:…

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Love Letter: Living Alone in a Pandemic

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] Like anything else, living alone has its perks and pitfalls, but being by yourself in a time of social isolation can present an array of challenges and emotions. We asked our readers to share…

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This Atlas of Art and Memory Is a Wonder of the Modern World

For most of us, it’s natural to look at many pictures at the same time. We do it every day via internet searches and digital pinup boards — even refrigerator doors have become ad hoc photo albums. But viewing fine art pictures in this nonlinear way, with no accompanying text and outside of a museum,…

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Is It Safe to Go Out to Eat?

Restaurants are slowly returning in many states. Just because you can eat out again, though, does not mean that you should. And if you decide to go back before the virus is under control, it will not necessarily be clear which dining rooms are safest. Restaurants will have to navigate a situation that is new…

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Let Vegetables Be the Star of Your Memorial Day

The sad truth about summer 2020 is that you may not be ushering it in by grilling giant trays of food for a horde of your family and friends. But if you have a grill, you can still use it to make a feast this Memorial Day — though possibly on a somewhat smaller scale.…

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Nick Kotz, Crusading Journalist and Author, Dies at 87

Nick Kotz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who exposed health hazards in the nation’s slaughterhouses, the gamut of hunger in America and the politics behind the Pentagon’s B-1 bomber, died on April 26 in Broad Run, Va. He was 87. His wife, Mary Lynn Kotz, an author, said he died in an accident on…

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