The Best Wine Books Are Not Always About Wine

The best wine book I read this year was not about wine. It was about cider, though not entirely. It was really about trees and places, agriculture and culture, and the tension between nature and industry. All of which is about wine and a lot more. “Uncultivated: Wild Apples, Real Cider and the Complicated Art…

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Peter Berlin, the ’70s Gay Sex Symbol, Takes New York

During the 1970s, Peter Berlin became a sex symbol of gay culture, a real-life Tom of Finland who photographed himself in parks, train stations and other cruising grounds. Last Thursday, the man who created that character — Armin Hagen Freiherr von Hoyningen Huene — was in New York to celebrate his new book, “Peter Berlin:…

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What to Consider Before Trading Your Health Data for Cash

After I signed up for my insurance plan, I got an email with a link to a “wellness program” that, if I traded some health data — such as steps from a pedometer or smartwatch exercise data — could earn me a small monthly payout and some gift cards. But the second I logged in,…

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A Few Words of Thanksgiving Advice

Good morning. We’ll get to the recipes soon enough, to this insanely good macaroni and cheese (above), to Julia Moskin’s hashed brussels sprouts, to gravy instruction and a whole lot more. This is perhaps the time you need recipes most, of any time of year. But there are two important points to make before we…

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The Best Celebrity Red Carpet Looks of 2019, From Jennifer Lopez and Zendaya

In 2019, celebrities used the red carpet to whisk us away from worry, inspire our closets, and drain our clothing budgets. Consider this a formal ode to Timothée Chalamet’s glittery hoodie and a remembrance of everything Zendaya’s ever owned. From Billy Porter’s revolutionary Oscars ensemble to Beyoncé’s Lion King premiere gown, we reflect on the…

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Love Over Labels

Most of the time, I have no idea what Mohammed is saying when I hear him on the phone with his family in Morocco. But I feel a sense of comfort in his elevated tone and unfamiliar words often laced with laughter and strung together to form an Arabic conversation that my daughter and I…

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Don’t Get Mad, but ‘Hangry’ Isn’t Really Angry

The morning walk before a holiday meal can feel like an act of advance penance: a show of restraint before the feast, best performed under a pale sun, amid a lonely scatter of leaves and with a determination to keep the campfire in sight. March off too slowly — or too far — and you’ll…

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Looking For Wedding Deals? Start on Black Friday

The annual consumer blitz that is Black Friday, has seeped into the wedding landscape, like smoke from Romeo y Julieta cigars, frequently given as groomsmen gifts. (They’re 28 percent off at the Famous Smoke Shop.) The advertised deep discounts, offered by retailers beginning Friday, Nov. 29, and that often continue through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2,…

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The Snowiest Mountains: Where to Ski, and When

Great snow conditions can make a ski trip magical. Skiers can weight the odds in their favor by picking their destinations according to the time of winter. Two factors determine how a ski resort’s snow typically evolves across a season: snowfall and geography. Inside of those two elements, however, exist several layers. Here’s how to…

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Ready, Set, Ski! In China, Snow Sports are the Next Big Thing

When winter came to Beijing, it arrived as it often does, as a snarling Siberian wind. The cold howled through the hutongs and around the ring roads. It weaseled under the doors and through the seams of your shirt. It was early December. “Da xue” season had arrived, the time for “major snow.” But there…

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