Gary Vaynerchuk Is a Rapper’s Best Friend

ATLANTA — On a recent weekday afternoon, the fast-talking entrepreneur and advertising executive Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee, jumped out of an Escalade and marched into a recording studio an hour later than he was supposed to, trailed by a videographer as if he was the talent. Inside, the up-and-coming local rapper Lil…

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Dreaming of an Artisanal Christmas

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this image of Christmas: a village nestled in a snowy valley, candlelit windows glowing against a night sky. I’m not sure where it came from. Growing up in sunny Southern California, my family strung lights on the palm trees in our yard and went to the…

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Dispatch From the Land of Flight Shaming, or How I Became a Train Boaster

Many travelers today are mindful of the environmental cost of flying, and perhaps nowhere more so than in Sweden. In the homeland of Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist who has inspired a worldwide no-fly campaign and a generation of youth protesters, the buzzword is flygskam, or flight shame, a term that was added to…

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How to Choose a Honeymoon Destination

Honeymoons are about connecting and making memories, and there are as many ways to do that as there are newly wedded couples. Some duos are looking for “the quintessential romantic getaway with beach time and bungalows,” said Dan Austin, founder of Austin Adventures, a Montana-based tour operator, while others are “looking for more action and…

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The Quiet Brain of the Athlete

Top athletes’ brains are not as noisy as yours and mine, according to a fascinating new study of elite competitors and how they process sound. The study finds that the brains of fit, young athletes dial down extraneous noise and attend to important sounds better than those of other young people, suggesting that playing sports…

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Are Experiential Gifts More Trouble Than They’re Worth?

In November, ahead of the holiday shopping onslaught, the fitness lifestyle brand Peloton released a 30-second commercial called “The Gift That Gives Back.” If, somehow, it hasn’t wound its way onto one of your screens, the ad centers on a youngish mom who receives a Peloton bike ($2,245 and up) from her husband and proceeds…

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How to Cook a Pig

There are some once-a-year winter holiday extravagances I thrill to see again when their numbers come up. There’s a frozen milk punch and a caviar sandwich and a homemade Boston cream doughnut; there’s a hand-chopped steak tartare and a grilled Cheddar-cheese sandwich and a mid-December cookie swap pfeffernusse cookie with imported candied citron — all…

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Teen Marijuana Vaping Soars, Displacing Other Habits

Teenagers are drinking less alcohol, smoking fewer cigarettes and trying fewer hard drugs, new federal survey data shows. But these public health gains have been offset by a sharp increase in vaping of marijuana and nicotine. These diverging trend lines, published Wednesday, are among the findings in the Monitoring the Future survey — a closely…

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In global south, urban sanitation crisis harms health, economy

ITHACA, N.Y. — Cities in the «global south» — densely populated urban areas that are part of low-income countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America — should phase out pit latrines, septic tanks and other on-site methods of human waste management. Instead, cities should invest in sewage systems, according to a report released Dec. 18…

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