The Impermanence of Beauty

Has vegan food ever been so beautiful? “Kajitsu,” a cookbook explaining the Zen Buddhist Shojin cuisine of Japan, offers page after page of magnificent seasonal dishes, with recipes. The book’s all based on the Murray Hill restaurant Kajitsu (now closed because of the pandemic), which moved to its present location from the East Village in…

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Cocktails Delivered Straight to Your Door

You’ve heard of ghost kitchens, where chefs without brick-and-mortar restaurants work on food for delivery? Now, welcome Ghost Bar, an online cocktail service. Its menu of well-made premixed drinks, in 6- to 10-ounce portions ($12 to $24), ranges from classics like Negroni and Sazerac, to inventive libations, like the delicious Old Money with spiced rum,…

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For Sale: Souvenirs of Capitalism’s Failures

When Jack Carlson wears his mom’s old green Lehman Brothers sweatshirt around New York City, people try to buy it off his back. “People will just come up to me and offer me money for it in restaurants,” said Mr. Carlson, 33, the founder of the clothing company Rowing Blazers, which sells a contemporary version…

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An Organ Recital, With a Coronavirus Shot

SALISBURY, England — On a recent Saturday afternoon, Margaret Drabble, 83, sat beneath the soaring arches of Salisbury Cathedral, swinging her legs back and forth under her chair like a schoolgirl. Minutes earlier, in a booth near the cathedral’s entrance, she had received her first shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus. But that…

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Here’s why West Virginia is a leader in the U.S. vaccine rollout.

Carolyn Zain had heard horror stories about the nation’s coronavirus vaccine rollout: long waits, clunky websites, people being turned away. So when her health department announced it was expanding appointments, she armed herself with two phones and held her breath. Within 20 minutes, she secured a slot for the next day. She arrived for her…

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Cook for Yourself

Good morning. I was flying solo there for a couple of days, cooking only for myself. This was not as simple as I’d thought it might be, as many over the years have pointed out to me in letters and messages, at cocktail parties, at the end of news meetings, once at a funeral. The…

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5 Fashion-Forward Tech Products You’ll Want for 2021

If the purpose of technology is to make our lives easier, better, smoother, and simpler, it’s an obvious yes—give us all of the most advanced gadgets. The rub? How many of these productivity-enhancing devices aren’t pleasing to the eye. Style-lovers have a hard time accepting something into their lives if it’s not aesthetically appealing, even…

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A Look at Past Vaccine Drives: Smallpox, Polio and the Swine Flu

Scientists developed vaccines less than a year after Covid-19 was identified, a reflection of remarkable progress in vaccine technology. But progress in vaccine distribution is another story. Many questions that arose in vaccine rollouts decades ago are still debated today. How should the local and federal authorities coordinate? Who should get vaccinated first? What should…

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A vaccine ad invokes the culture of Mardi Gras to reduce hesitancy.

With the snap of the snare drums, New Orleanians take joyous turns high-stepping and chicken strutting, dressed in the finery of their social clubs and krewes. The celebration, shown on a 30-second public service announcement, is one of numerous efforts around the country to persuade people to get inoculated against the coronavirus. But its homegrown…

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Monitoring the Weather at the Edge of the World

It all started with a single sentence in a blog post about Iceland: “A farmer is looking for support at a weather station and sheep farm.” It was 2012, and, after studying photography in the industrial German city of Dortmund, I was ready for a change. I’d long planned on visiting Iceland, and when I…

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