We Told Our Son Not to Protest. He Did Anyway. Now What?

Our 16-year-old son asked us if he could attend a Black Lives Matter protest march in our city, a Covid-19 hot spot. We said no. We decided it was too dangerous in terms of coronavirus risk and possible violence. He sneaked out of the apartment and went anyway. He claims he wore a mask and…

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Lessons on Marriage and Life from the Wolf-Dogs

Renee Dutcher and Teo Alfero were married outside a tepee on the eve of a full moon, after being walked down the aisle with two of their rescued wolf-dog hybrids. Their wedding, highlighted in a Vows column on May 31, 2013, was held at Wolf Connection, a nonprofit sanctuary in Acton, Calif., founded by Mr.…

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When Is Fashion Week?

What to watch, where to watch it, where to buy it and what the heck is going on. Video Credit June 11, 2020 From shows to shopping to seasons to supply chains, the coronavirus has meant the end of the fashion world as we knew it. Instead we’re about to get movies! And playlists! And…

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Masks, No Kissing and ‘a Little Kinky’: Dating and Sex in a Pandemic

Pandemic life is tough on everyone. But for a single person, the prospect of dating and sex — while social distancing to avoid a potentially life-threatening respiratory illness — feels impossible. How do you date without touching or kissing? How do you have sex without breathing on your partner and putting each other at risk?…

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Hotels Transformed New York’s Social Life. Now What?

There was a time in the not so far-off past when hotels lived or died by being an out-of-towner’s fantasy: the Plaza, the Four Seasons, the St. Regis. Then, as new money poured into real estate in the mid-1990s, and as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani cracked down on dance clubs like the Sound Factory and Tunnel,…

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Why Do People Love Games?

Why do people love games? As the Game Maker for The New York Times, I grapple with this question every day. The reductively easy answer is simple: They’re fun! But why are they fun? Do they have to be fun? As we dig deeper and deeper, we find more questions. What even is a game?…

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Therapy as a Party Game? Yes, With Fewer Fights Than Monopoly

“Pick the member of the group who likes you the least and tell him how it is his problem.” It sounds like a directive from a reality-show producer, but in fact, it is a challenge from the greatest board game of all time: Group Therapy. In the three years since I stumbled upon Group Therapy…

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The Hand-Washing Wars

My neurologist father maintained that hand-washing was our family’s single greatest obligation to one another and to the world. “As you know, it’s the No. 1 way to prevent disease transmission,” Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw would say to my brother and me every single night before sitting down to dinner. “Your hands are clean, right?”…

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When Games Have a Monopoly on Shelf Space

I love games, but my wife, Mandy, hates the clutter. The other day, I spent a half-hour rearranging the shelves to find room for a recent addition to my board game collection. Over the years, I have accumulated almost 150 games, several of which are still shamefully unopened. The only downside to my collection is…

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Board Games for a Desert Island

Quarantining in your home is sort of like being marooned on a desert island. You’re stuck in a confined space, cut off — Zoom calls aside — from the rest of society. You’re alone or with your pod of people, looking for ways to pass the time. And once the novelty wears off, you’re left…

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