Trivia Found a Way in the Pandemic

Back in early 2019, Missy Steak started hosting Drag Trivia, a twice-monthly event in the Boston area featuring performances by her fellow drag queens. Between acts, Missy would pose questions to the audience about pop culture and current events, gently teasing those who hadn’t been keeping up with the latest on, say, the General Motors…

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Asparagus Season!

Good morning. Long ago, when I was working in the newsroom and going out to eat roughly a dozen times each week, I’d sometimes grab my pal Gilbert and walk briskly through the Theater District to a not-very-good restaurant with big plate-glass windows onto the street. We’d sit on stools at the bar and eat…

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When Is the Met Gala in 2021?

The second show, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will be held in 21 of the American period rooms and will center on 300 years of historic narratives both personal and political. Some are well-known, like the Battle of Versailles and names like Oscar de la Renta and Bill Blass, but others are more obscure,…

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When Food People Quarantine Together

From left: GRACE DENIS, artist, 30; RAUL LOPEZ, creative director of Luar, 31; JAKE TYLER BRODSKY, executive chef of Tillies and Paradise Pizza at Palm Heights, 29; PIERRE SERRÃO, culinary entrepreneur and co-founder of Ghetto Gastro, 33; DEVON SCARPULLA, producer and project manager, 30; DAVID TORO, artist and co-founder of DIS and Torso, 40; SOLOMON…

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The Not-Quite-Everything Store

In exchange for discounts, customers can expect longer shipping windows, less consistent quality control and a not-insignificant chance that a product was never what it seemed — which, to be fair, isn’t always clear in the first place. (Product listings are often vague and poorly translated.) Wish’s interface instills in customers a sense that they…

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When the Doctor Prescribes Poetry

Amanda Gorman’s inspired and inspiring poem that stole the show at President Biden’s inauguration in January has shown millions of Americans the emotional and social power of poetry and, I hope, prompted them to use it themselves. On her blog, Diana Raab, a psychologist, poet and author in Santa Barbara, wrote that “poetry can help…

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