Airplane Travel After 9/11: Just Get Through It

In addition to the infrastructure challenges of American airports are problems inherent in the dominant hub-and-spoke model, where passengers coming from smaller airports connect to their final destination via hubs like Atlanta, Chicago or Denver. Bad weather then ripples throughout the system, causing hundreds or thousands of delayed or canceled flights. Although this model sprung…

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What Is ‘American Fashion’ Now?

Some Foremothers, and Fathers In the beginning, American fashion was largely defined by what it wasn’t: European. As Elizabeth Hawes, a sketcher turned journalist turned designer who went to Paris in the 1920s as a “copyist” — a patternmaker hired to copy French designs to be sold in the American market — wrote in her…

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Can a Man Wear Mules to Work?

While some folks have sprinted out of lockdown keen to make up for lost time, a number of men have, er, shuffled back onto the streets. They are ambling, dawdling and slouching to lunches, drinks and work meetings, powered by insouciance rather than haste. They are on mule time. Their feet are shod in clogs,…

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Keep Keeping a Logbook

Welcome. I pruned the trailing jade plant yesterday, made a noodle kugel for Rosh Hashana and rode my bike into Manhattan for dinner. That was my logbook entry for Sept. 7, 2021. Nothing fancy, no editorializing or reflection, just a record of a few things I did. I log my day whenever I remember to…

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