Is It Safe to Go Out to Eat?

Restaurants are slowly returning in many states. Just because you can eat out again, though, does not mean that you should. And if you decide to go back before the virus is under control, it will not necessarily be clear which dining rooms are safest. Restaurants will have to navigate a situation that is new…

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The Hidden Language of Masks

When, early in the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic, production shortages of medical grade N95 masks turned obtaining them into a hunt for the grail, D.I.Y. ingenuity kicked into gear. Suddenly people found themselves improvising lesser-grade face masks from fabric, scraps, bandannas, coffee filters, even sanitary pads. Newspapers (including The New York Times) published…

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Lady Jordan

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. Lady Jordan Denice Frohman reads her poem Lady Jordan. It didn’t matter that I married the game or slept with a ball under my arm, Mom said Girls don’t hoop, they wear hoops.…

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Ms. Monroe

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. Ms. Monroe Helen Mort reads her poem Ms. Monroe. “In America, a blonde is not just a blonde.” — William K. Zinsser When I first let the mirror see me in my high-street…

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Is Marriage a Prize?

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. Growing up, my parents — immigrants from India — emphasized school and career before marriage. They wanted me to be ambitious, get good grades and make good money (and stop asking them for some).…

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