Casually Watching a Burlesque Show With Martha Stewart

«I know what you’re thinking,» says Martha Stewart. «What the heck am I doing here?» Here would be a 30-minute burlesque show, complete with black lace bustiers, bedazzled thongs, fake nails sculpted into lethal talons, and Paris Hilton clinging to a spangled Eiffel Tower, because why not? Noam GalaiGetty Images The occasion was The Blonds’…

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Spelling Their Way to Success

Back in 1971, the year Jonathan Knisely won the National Spelling Bee, there were no study guides for sale on Amazon and no Facebook groups dedicated to spelling bee study. To prepare, he pored over lists of words from previous bees that his father borrowed from other parents. He beat out 76 competitors to clinch…

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Beautiful, Remote and So Instagrammable. Can the Azores Manage Popularity?

The 52 Places Traveler With views around every turn, the Portugese archipelago is hot, and the 52 Places Traveler finds a place confronting its own success. Sept. 10, 2019 ImageThe Serra do Cume viewpoint on the island of Terceira extends over a patchwork of verdant farmland.CreditSebastian Modak/The New York Times Our columnist, Sebastian Modak, is…

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Seeking an Obesity Cure, Researchers Turn to the Gut Microbiome

Dr. Elaine Yu, an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was inundated with volunteers when she put out a call a few years ago for overweight people who were willing to take part in a study of obesity and the microbiome. People as far away as Alaska and Hawaii were eager to enroll. But…

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How Parents Can Stay Close to Grown-Up Children

The Sugerman family’s trip to Southern Utah this past May involved a treacherous drive. There were hairpin turns; the three adult children needed to move boulders to clear a path for the car. “We were on these roads which were barely roads, climbing up canyon walls,” said Andy Sugerman, of Ann Arbor, Mich. “It was…

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A Chat With a Builder of Golf Courses

Jim Fazio knows about golf courses: how they are built and what they bring to a suburb, a village, even an ancient city. Since 1961, that has been the Fazio family business. Along with his uncle George and brother Tom, they have built 250 to 300 golf courses, and their designs are staples of “Top…

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Can fingering lead to pregnancy?

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Pyer Moss and the Power of Black Truth

In a historic theater in a part of New York City far from the usual runway haunts, in front of thousands of ravenous fans (including some very famous ones) who stood in lines around the block waiting for admittance, in a room swollen with the voices of a 65-person choir, expectation and glamour, a fashion…

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