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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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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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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