Fashion Brands Are Bringing You the Best in Music and Culture on Social Media

Edward BerthelotGetty Images Fashion brands (at least the good ones) are informed by the zeitgeist. They cull the best from the worlds of cuisine, books, art, music, interiors, and beyond, and infuse that into their collections. They are magpies, creating distinctive nests—their boutiques and displays at retail outlets—that aim to captivate consumers. But in the…

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Irena Chalmers, 84, Is Dead; Writer Anticipated a Food Revolution

In the late 1960s, well before the era of celebrity chefs and the flood of cooking shows, Irena Chalmers found herself stuck with six fondue pots at La Bonne Femme, the cooking school and specialty food shop she opened in Greensboro, N.C. At the time, few in that small Southern city had heard of fondue.…

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Coronavirus Nasal Swab: 3 Vans, 6 Coolers, a Plane, a Storm and 2 Labs

The lines start forming the night before, as people with glassy eyes and violent coughs try to get tested for the virus. In the darkness, they park their cars, cut their engines and try to sleep. The backlog for coronavirus testing in New Jersey, the state with the second-highest caseload in the country, has been…

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‘It’s a Time Bomb’: 23 Die as Virus Hits Packed Homeless Shelters

Roy Coleman, a 69-year-old living in a homeless shelter on Wards Island, was taken away by ambulance after showing symptoms of Covid-19. The other shelter residents were relieved — until Mr. Coleman was allowed to return last week after testing positive at Harlem Hospital. At another shelter, Alphonso Syville, 45, said that as much as…

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To Cure a Fashion Rut, Consider Your Aura

I met Susanna Merrick-Klinkbeil while waiting for the phone booths at The Wing in New York’s SoHo. I asked her what kind of work she did, but she demurred, implying that she didn’t have time to explain just then, but I could come find her later if I was still curious. This reticence piqued my…

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How Native Americans Are Fighting a Food Crisis

For the roughly 20,000 members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation — a vast, two million-acre expanse in southern South Dakota — social distancing is certainly feasible. Putting food on the table? Less so. Getting to food has long been a challenge for Pine Ridge residents. For a lot…

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As Reality TV Reunions Go Virtual, What About the Fights?

Much like some of your work meetings (if you’re lucky enough to have a job, let alone one that allows you to work from home), most spin classes and nearly all sex work, another great American institution is moving online because of the coronavirus. Last Monday, the “Real Housewives” Svengali Andy Cohen — who recently…

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