Your New Favorite Curry

Good morning. I’ll tell you what I’m going to do this weekend. I’m going to read Tejal Rao’s new column about making Japanese curry in The New York Times Magazine. I’m going to read it, like, four or five times so I get some sense of the technique, and then I’m going to make her…

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Secrets of ‘Downton Abbey’ Style

LONDON — One of the most feted designers here this week — someone whose work has been admired by the Duchess of Cambridge — will not, actually, participate in London Fashion Week. Yet it is possible the slinky 1920s gowns, cloche hats and tiaras created or sourced by Anna Mary Scott Robbins, the costume designer…

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New Hope, New Pain, Same Old Divorce

One of the last things I did before leaving the home we had made together was pull the five-foot portrait of our faces out of the closet. What is one supposed to do with oversized portraiture in the event of adversity? The picture was a gift, bestowed by network executives when we became the first…

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The Perfect: Concert Essentials

No matter your music taste, heading to a concert means you’re in for two things: 1.) feeling deliriously happy and 2.) waking up to a camera roll full of concert clips that will mean nothing to you in two days. The only thing that could make it better? Perfecting the concert lewk—something that’s comfortable enough…

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Help! My Hotel Doesn’t Exist

Dear Tripped Up, On a recent family vacation to Cartagena, Colombia, we showed up for a one-night stay at a hotel that exists only on the internet. My son had a dislocated shoulder from a mountain-biking accident earlier in the day, his pain meds were wearing off and it was New Year’s Eve. I booked…

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Love Is a Battlefield

Even as a young girl growing up in St. Charles, Mo., Loren Voss had a strong interest in politics and public service, and she wasn’t afraid to speak up for causes she believed in. “She’s into the rights of humans and animals,” said Debbie Voss, her mother. “When she was young, we used to go…

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My Father’s Musical Legacy

For my 16th birthday in 1985, when all 12 of my older siblings had left home, my father made me a tape of himself performing two songs. The first was an old standard which he sang and played on the piano he and my mother had purchased 40 years earlier, even before buying a bed.…

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New York City Is Ending a Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy. Here’s Why.

Nearly two years ago, the New York City Council celebrated when it passed a far-reaching ban on conversion therapy, a discredited practice to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. On Thursday, Corey Johnson, the Council speaker, who is gay, said the Council would act swiftly to repeal the ban. The move is a…

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At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day

ANABAH, Afghanistan — He was a few minutes old; a fussy, wriggling baby in a heated bassinet. He let out a squawk when a neonatal nurse plunged a vitamin K injection into his thigh. The six-pound boy — the nurses called him Aqila, his mother’s name — was the 20th baby delivered over the course…

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A Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes Would Sharply Cut Sales

A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would not only severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products, but also have a chilling effect on the little regulated $2.6 billion industry of roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops that sprung up across the country in the past few years. But a day after Alex M. Azar…

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