noted: Millennial, Book and Candle

Sometimes, Megan Prokott snaps a quick selfie with a blanket and a cappuccino. Once in a while, she adds reading glasses and a croissant. There’s always a book. And there’s often a lit, wax pillar. “My ideal reading scene is in a cozy coffee shop or in my apartment with a hot coffee, a cozy…

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Encounters: Danielle Macdonald of ‘Bird Box’ Tries Her Hand at Graffiti

“I feel like I’m doing something illegal, and I like it,” Danielle Macdonald said. It was a shivery Monday morning, and Ms. Macdonald shook a spray can and hissed an arc of orange paint. After starring in the recent Netflix movies “Dumplin’” and “Bird Box,” Ms. Macdonald, 27, was receiving a master class in graffiti…

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In her words: R. Kelly: Why So Many Overlooked the Warning Signs

Image CreditFranziska Barczyk Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “He stole my life from me.”— Lizette Martinez, who says she was controlled and abused by R. Kelly as a teenager For decades, R.…

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Vows: When Cultural Circles Are Expanded and Redrawn

Rabia Ahmad’s parents, who live in Portland, Ore., were not around to witness her exchange of vows with Christopher Pattison on Dec. 19 at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. They were visiting relatives in her father’s native Pakistan. But Ms. Ahmad, 39, was not without the warmth of family to greet her when she stepped out…

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Medical News Today: What are the health benefits of xylitol?

Xylitol is a lower-calorie sugar substitute with a low glycemic index. Some research suggests that it may also improve dental health, prevent ear infections, and possess antioxidant properties. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, which is a type of carbohydrate and does not actually contain alcohol. Xylitol occurs naturally in small amounts in fibrous fruits and…

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Modern Love: He Had to Leave So I Could Breathe

Tony’s friend was all sharp angles, except for his laugh, which was soft and melodious. He had a gap between his front teeth and notched dimples in his cheeks. His eyebrows looked thick and jagged, as if they had been drawn on with Magic Marker. I disliked him immediately, which is to say, I liked…

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Dr. Lewis L. Judd, Advocate of Brain Science, Dies at 88

Dr. Lewis L. Judd, who as the country’s top mental health official helped put in place the so-called Decade of the Brain, an ambitious research agenda focused on brain biology as the key to understanding and treating psychiatric problems, died on Dec. 16 in San Diego. He was 88. His death, at an assisted-living facility,…

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