How to Rebrand a Country

Twenty years ago, an opinion writer for The New York Times described Colombia as a country dominated by “drug killings, paramilitary massacres, guerrilla kidnappings, death squad murders and street crime.” Five years before that, a 1994 Washington Post article grappled with the question of whether people would want to visit war-torn Croatia. “Only the more…

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Celebrating the Modern Ballroom Scene

ImageContestants at Rashaad Newsome’s Champion Art Ball in PhiladelphiaCredit…Christopher Lee for The New York Times PHILADELPHIA — “Tonight you are in a blended world,” said M.C. Jack Mizrahi, a ballroom veteran and historian, at the Champion Art Ball. “We’re going to take art, we’re going to take vogue, we’re going to take ballroom, and we’re…

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A Do-Anywhere Full-Body Workout

How can anybody fit in a simple, quick, full-body workout, anywhere? “Two words: Jump rope,” said Dr. Michael Joyner, an avid exerciser and physiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In his usage, the phrase is both object and action. “I have a beautiful leather boxers’ jump rope my mother gave me when I…

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Our Best Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Pumpkin Pie and More

Pumpkin pie, apple pie (above), pecan pie, sweet potato pie. We have all the classic Thanksgiving pies, but, if you’re looking for something a little different, may we suggest brandied pumpkin pie, apple ombré pie, chocolate pecan pie or sweet potato casserole pie. Or if tradition be damned in your house this year, make a…

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Roger Federer, Sneakerhead?

If you run into Roger Federer on your way to board a plane, do not be surprised if he looks you up and down, or mostly down. That’s because Mr. Federer has something of a sneaker fixation. The Swiss tennis champion is not an “obsessive,” he said (slightly hard to believe about someone who has…

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Fitting in Family Fitness at the Holidays

Milk-gallon dead lifts, shared inchworms, synchronized walking and a little misdirection could be the keys to staying in shape and in harmony with loved ones during the holiday weeks ahead, experts say. While people who regularly exercise often worry about having too little time, willpower or familial good will available for workouts when they visit…

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When U.S.C. Plays U.C.L.A., They Play Too

The Look Marching band is a team of its own. Photographs by Jessica Lehrman Text by Arit John Produced by Eve Lyons ImageCollege marching bands start practicing in the preseason, just like the football teams they play alongside.Credit…Jessica Lehrman for The New York Times You know that classic high school movie scene in which the…

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The Men’s Cardigan Makes a Comeback

Paternal. Sexless. Infinitely square. The cardigan sweater is generally considered the Mister Rogers of men’s wear, and for good reason: Fred Rogers made sure of it. Over the course of 895 episodes and 33 years of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Mister Rogers advertised his gentle, nonthreatening nature by slipping from a jacket and tie — symbols…

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Can Fan Fiction Bridge the Partisan Divide?

Last Friday, when Marie Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine, appeared before the House Intelligence Committee, millions of people were watching. Perhaps you were one of them; the public hearings, after all, are the reality show everyone seems to be talking about these days. Even if you weren’t tuned in, you may have…

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Is Weed Church Church?

LOS ANGELES — Every Sunday, about two dozen people gather at a green cabin along the main drag of Big Bear, Calif., a small mountain town known for its namesake lake. They go there for Jah Healing Church services, where joints are passed around. April Mancini, a founder of the church, said she was drawn…

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