The Best Baked Apples

Good morning. Dorie Greenspan can picture her mother in her cashmere wrap coat, in a cocktail dress covered with sequins, and in Capris and kitten heels, but never in an apron. “I don’t remember her cooking,” she wrote for The New York Times Magazine this week. “A child of the Depression and a working woman…

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Ben Platt Unleashes His Inner Egomaniac in ‘The Politician’

After two years as the poster child for teen angst in “Dear Evan Hansen,” Ben Platt was over the accolades and ready to move on. He’d sobbed-sung his way into a Tony, Grammy and Emmy, and become the youngest winner of the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award, bestowed once in a career. He’d ranked among…

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Wishing the World Could Be More Soft

Nine years ago, shortly before my 34th birthday and during an early cold snap in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, my husband and I bought two cemetery plots. Only one was for us (to share). We had gone there to purchase another and added ours only because the cemetery was having a sale:…

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Left Twitter Feeling Empowered and Sexy

On September 20, the world got a front row seat to Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty NYFW Show when it began streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Fans promptly took to Twitter to declare their wigs snatched, souls inspired, and bank accounts emptied—all in the name of Rihanna. There were performances from Normani, Halsey, Migos, and DJ…

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‘Is It Theater or Is It Real?’

In May, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art unveiled its mega Costume Institute show, “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” Jeremy Scott, creative director of Moschino and founder of his own line, was the single most represented name in the show. It featured 15 or so of his pieces, including a prosciutto dress from early in his…

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The Coaches’ Game Plan: Beat Cancer, Get Married

Marc Rybczyk admits that before he met Aloysia Jaques in January 2014, he had some misguided ideas about women’s basketball. “I didn’t view it as important,” said Mr. Rybczyk, who was a 6-foot-2 shooting guard for Central Connecticut State University from 1990 to 1993. “I looked down upon it.” In essence, he said, “I hated…

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How the ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Costume Designer Spends Her Sundays

“My mother was a crazy person with the ’60s hats,” said Donna Zakowska, the Emmy-nominated costume designer for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the popular Amazon series about a woman who dives into the New York comedy scene of the 1950s. About 35 of those hats currently hang at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn Navy Yard, where…

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The New Hangout in Columbus? Distilleries

Columbus, Ohio, is no longer the meat-and-potato city of decades ago. Yes, there are the big restaurant chains. Wendy’s, White Castle and Sbarro, to name a few, have national headquarters here. But the state capital is now one of the country’s fastest-growing cities, and it has dynamic art projects, good restaurants and a revitalized riverfront.…

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Brands Beware: Influencer Impostors Want Your Free Stuff

There’s a well-established agreement between brands and influencers: We send free products, you post about them on Instagram. Often it’s a happy arrangement; influencer feeds fill with promotional material, followers click and merchandise sells. But sometimes the posts never appear. When this happens, the brand’s representatives may assume the “entitled” influencer has either kept the…

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Our Anniversaries Matched Their Gifts

The morning of my fourth wedding anniversary, I banged my knee on the stationary bike at the gym. It purpled and swelled, tender, like a plum. Traditional gifts for a fourth anniversary are fruit and flowers. Things with short lives; things easily bruised. My husband and I had been separated for a month at the…

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