The Buy-Nothing Work From Home Setup

At its most luxurious, the home office is a subsidiary of leisure space: a sun-drenched room in a second home from which the boss can check in on everyone back at the office. In its more utilitarian form, it is, at least, personalized and private. There’s a chair, a desk and, ideally, a door. There’s probably…

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A Frittata You Can Have for Lunch or Dinner

If cooking three meals a day has begun to wear on you, my mother has a suggestion: Take whatever you whipped up for dinner, and stick it between two pieces of bread for lunch the next day. Of course, this is obvious with things like steak, chicken or roasted salmon. But, when I was growing…

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How Bubonic Plague Has Helped Russia Fight the Coronavirus

MOSCOW — In a remote alpine meadow in Kyrgyzstan a few years ago, a teenage boy killed and skinned a marmot. Five days later, his parents carried the sweating, delirious boy to a village hospital where he died of bubonic plague. Like a ghost from the medieval past, the plague still makes occasional, unwelcome appearances…

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Cooking With Condiments

Good morning. I find it’s the condiments keeping me humming along in the kitchen these days, shortcuts to complexity, a way to bolster flavor with stuff from a jar. I wrote about them for The Times this week in an ode to chile crisp, a Sichuanese concoction that marries fire to texture with incredible results.…

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How to Cut Your Own Hair With Trimmers

How can you give yourself a buzz cut? Here, let us show you. You will need: Clippers with guards, which attach to the clippers and control the length of a cut A mirror, plus maybe another mirror or a phone. A garbage bag or towel A comb or hair pick, depending on your hair type…

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In a Manila Slum, Coronavirus Lockdown Hits Hard

MANILA — Even before the coronavirus arrived in Manila, a saying in the capital’s sprawling San Roque slum — “no one dies from a fever” — crystallized the many threats that its residents faced in their daily lives. Drug-fueled petty crime. Food shortages. Overcrowding and poor sanitation. Fever, body aches and coughs were commonplace long…

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How to Have a Birthday Party in the Coronavirus Age

Celebrating your birthday this year isn’t selfish. It’s generous. Whether you’re turning 12, 42 or 92, inviting people to come together in a unique, specific way to celebrate your birth is actually a form of meaning-making for everyone else. Birthday celebrations, when designed well, are an opportunity to express love, to mark life and to…

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Reese Witherspoon’s Disastrous Dress Giveaway for Teachers

In mid-March, just around the time that American schools and offices started closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, not that long before numerous designers had suddenly become heroes for volunteering their services to hand-sew masks so that surgical-grade ones could go to those who needed them most, the staff at Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s fashion…

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The Virus Revealed Our Essential Tech (and Weeded Out the Excess)

It has been weeks since the coronavirus brought our lives to a halt, shutting down our schools, offices and gyms. Stuck at home, we have had nothing but time to reflect on the things that matter. Consumer technology — most of it, anyway — is low on the list. That’s right. I’m admitting that many…

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