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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The Mrs. Files

The Mrs. Files looks at history through a contemporary lens to see what the honorific “Mrs.” means to women and their identity. About two years ago, when we started going through the millions of photos in The New York Times archives for the Past Tense archival storytelling project, we noticed something puzzling. In one of…

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Within a Week, They Fell in Love

Clare Goslant was in search of an affordable place to live in Washington, when she took time off between her junior and senior years at Harvard for an internship with the World Wildlife Fund. What she found was the International Student House, a community of young students and interns in the district that provides dormitory-style…

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