Yes, People Are Smoking More

Maria Neuman blames Netflix. “Last night, I blistered through seven cigarettes because I was watching a movie,” said Ms. Neuman, 51, a freelance writer who lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. “It’s bad enough that I started smoking again during a pandemic. Now, I’m smoking inside.” Milo Martin, a poet in Los…

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Super Bowl in Quarantine

Welcome. The Super Bowl is on Sunday, and like so much else these days, it looks different from previous years’: players tested daily, the stadium filled to just one-third its capacity, fans socially distanced and wearing masks. Whether you’re tuning in for the game; for The Weeknd’s halftime performance, on a stage set up in…

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Low Effort, Big Reward

Hello and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. These days, I find myself swinging from wanting to cook beyond the boundaries of my routine and wanting to cook whatever requires the least effort. (I also order more pizza delivery than I ever have in my life, and I love it.) Last week, breaking the routine meant…

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