Crispy Rice Is an Art at Clay Pot in the East Village

If you listen carefully, you can hear crackling inside the scorching-hot glazed casserole. It’s the sound of fan jiu, crispy rice, forming at the bottom of the clay pot, the vessel that this subterranean Cantonese restaurant in the East Village has taken as its name. When the pot arrives in front of you, straight from…

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Willy Chavarria’s House Music

A month late and right on time, Willy Chavarria’s men’s wear collection reminded anyone with an interest in men’s wear of how essential a talent is this designer who follows nobody’s schedule but his own. Sure, the last men’s wear show of the official fashion week cycle was in late June, yet Mr. Chavarria chose…

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Has Robert Mapplethorpe’s Moment Passed?

Thirty years after Robert Mapplethorpe’s death, the legend still obscures the photographs. His demise at 42 from AIDS, during the height of the American epidemic, gave a tabloid stamp to the authenticity of his sexually transgressive art. And right at that time arose the political controversy that enshrined him as a martyr to artistic freedom:…

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Permission to Marry? Is It 1950?

My girlfriend and I have decided we’d like to get engaged. Before we do, I want to ask her parents’ permission — not because she belongs to them. I just think it’s polite and would start our relationship on the right note. I would also like to do this in person. But my girlfriend wants…

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Instagram Is Great for Models. It’s Also Good for Predators.

Image Marcus Hyde in New York City in 2018.CreditJared Siskin/Getty Images The photographer Marcus Hyde was a rising star: a favorite of Kim Kardashian West, responsible for a Fendi social media campaign, with a million Instagram followers. But this week, multiple women said he had used his growing profile on social media to engage in…

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A Brutal Disease Kills Monkeys. Flies Could Be Spreading It.

In the jungles of Ivory Coast, monkeys and chimps forage for food, sleep in trees and travel in groups. Not far behind follow primatologists, like Jan Gogarten, a postdoctoral researcher at the Robert Koch Institute in Germany. Dr. Gogarten was spending a lot of time in the jungle tracking mangabey monkeys when his attention was…

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What’s Meat Got to Do With It?

In case you haven’t heard, they’re making meat out of plants. Burgers out of soy and coconut. Fried chicken out of jackfruit. Steaks out of “cooked wheat gluten.” Brands like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have expanded into fast food, infiltrating chains like Burger King and Dunkin’ with meatless patties and breakfast sausage. Meat people…

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36 Hours in Niagara-on-the-Lake

After watching a performance of the Shaw Festival’s “Brigadoon,” the streets of this magical town on Lake Ontario might seem like a real-life version of the Scottish village depicted in the Lerner and Loewe musical. On a recent evening, the place felt frozen in time, with horse-drawn carriages rolling down a main street lined with…

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Living Intimately With Thoughts of Death

Since my cancer diagnosis, I have lived intimately with thoughts of death. Cancer patients of all ages and stages, as well as people with other ruinous conditions, often experience “a double frame of mind,” as the polemicist Christopher Hitchens once put it. Laboring to survive in the present, we simultaneously imagine our future demise. Of…

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