The New York Times5 min readSociety
Why the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys Are Not Ready for They and Them
Sam Smith, the British crooner with a voice often described as heaven sent, announced in September that “my pronouns are they/them.” Days later, the Brit Awards, which had nominated Smith for top male artist earlier in the year, said the categories w
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Fear, Anxiety and Hope: What It Means to Be a Minority in Gaming
(Circuits) Five years after “Gamergate,” little seems to have changed in the industry for minorities, women and members of the L.G.B.T.Q. community. Here are six stories of people trying to change that.
The New York Times5 min read
In Letters To The World, A New Wave Of Memoirs Draws On The Intimate
(Critic's Notebook) From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Terese Marie Mailhot to Imani Perry, writers are letting their audiences eavesdrop on private conversations. Parul Sehgal asks what it means.
The New York Times4 min read
Exercise Advice for Surviving Cancer, and Maybe Avoiding It
New guidelines say exercise may help cancer patients live longer, or help you avoid getting cancer in the first place.
The New York Times5 min readPolitics
How Deutsche Bank Hired Its Way to the Top in China
Numerous corporations have been fined in recent years for misconduct. The question is whether the large penalties deter bad behavior. Corporations cannot seem to avoid misconduct. Ford Motor recently announced a criminal probe of its emissions and fu
The New York Times4 min read
Writing From Real Life, in All Its Excruciating Detail
“Reality fiction” is a publishing sensation in Norway. But some have accused the country’s most high-profile writers of revealing intimate secrets under the guise of fiction.
The New York Times4 min read
He Lifted All Readers in His Path
With his prodigious memory and ardor for literature, the uncompromising highbrow Harold Bloom sought to hoist his readers up to the level of what he saw as the greatest books.
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5 Tips for Keeping It Together as a Digital Nomad
Sure, being able to work remotely and travel nonstop is a blast. But it’s not without downtime and difficult moments.
The New York Times4 min read
When You Take a Great Photo, Thank the Algorithm in Your Phone
Not too long ago, tech giants like Apple and Samsung raved about the number of megapixels they were cramming into smartphone cameras to make photos look clearer. Nowadays, all the handset-makers are shifting focus to the algorithms, artificial intell
The New York Times4 min read
Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo Share Booker Prize
The Booker Prize judges rebelled against the literary prize’s rules and awarded it to “The Testaments” (by Margaret Atwood) and “Girl, Woman, Other” (by Bernardine Evaristo).
The New York Times5 min read
Elton John Puts Down in Words How Wonderful (and Weird) Life Has Been
The rock star’s memoir, “Me,” traces his path from suburban homebody to superstardom and beyond.
The New York Times4 min readSelf-Improvement
Stress Can Make You Sick. Take Steps to Reduce It.
In his new book, “The Stress Solution,” Dr. Rangan Chatterjee offers advice on countering the damaging effects of chronic stress.
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Ali Wong Is Crossing Lines Again,This Time in a Book
The star of two uproarious Netflix comedy specials is nervous about how people will react to her essay collection. “I hope my siblings don’t get pissed at me,” she says.
The New York Times3 min read
You Will Be Shocked by This Article
The two biggest companies behind an internet subgenre — the “chumbox ad” — have joined forces to form a company that will generate $2 billion a year.
The New York Times6 min read
Addicted to Screens? That's Really a You Problem
Nir Eyal, who wrote the industry manual for hooking people on tech (“Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products”) now has a recipe to free you — even though it was your fault to begin with.
The New York Times4 min read
How to Avoid Being Fleeced When Using a Credit Card Overseas
Merchants frequently try to confuse and bulldoze foreign travelers into paying a stiff markup on credit card charges. But you can fight back.
The New York Times6 min readTech
10 Tips to Avoid Leaving Tracks Around the Internet
Google and Facebook collect information about us and then sell that data to advertisers. Websites deposit invisible “cookies” onto our computers and then record where we go online. Even our own government has been known to track us. When it comes to
The New York Times2 min readSociety
Ask Well: When Is the Best Time to Get Your Flu Shot?
(Science Times) ; (Ask Well) Immunity to the flu virus may wane over the course of the flu season, so you don’t want to get a flu shot too early, or too late.
The New York Times5 min readTech
How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct
Google has now given us an option to set search and location data to automatically disappear after a certain time. We should all use it.
The New York Times4 min read
Recession Panic May Have Passed. But the Economy Is Still at Risk.
For one brief, terrifying moment this summer, the word “recession” was on everyone’s lips — the stuff of television segments, front-page articles and Google searches. Then, just as abruptly, everything started to look pretty much fine. The trade war
The New York Times6 min read
From Your Mouth to Your Screen, Transcribing Takes the Next Step
(Circuits) Improvements in automatic speech transcription are beginning to have a significant impact on the workplace.
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In Ben Lerner's New Novel, Speech and Violence Collide
Ben Lerner’s third novel, “The Topeka School,” draws on autobiographical details, like his previous two did, but offers a more conventional plot about a family in Kansas and the coarsening of political language.
The New York Times4 min read
Finding Balance in a Tiny, Wobbly Boat
Rowing is a rigorous workout for the muscles as well as for mindfulness: Not wanting to flip keeps you focused.
The New York Times4 min read
Jeanette Winterson's Playful New Novel Offers Thoughts on Mad Science and Sexbots
(Books of The Times) “Frankissstein” combines a story involving Mary Shelley, the author of “Frankenstein,” with a contemporary plot about artificial intelligence and sex dolls.
The New York Times4 min read
The Real Problem With Beef
(The Upshot) ; (The New Health Care) An extensive study confirms that red meat might not be that bad for you. But it is bad for the planet, with chicken and pork less harmful than beef.
The New York Times5 min read
Meat's Bad for You! No, It's Not! How Experts See Different Things in the Data.
(The Upshot) ; (The New Health Care) As the latest controversy over new research illustrates, nutrition science can be open to interpretation.
The New York Times4 min readWellness
Keeping an Older Dog Vibrant
(Science Times) ; (Personal Health) As with people, probably the most important measure for keeping dogs healthy and promoting a long, active and happy life is to keep them trim.
The New York Times4 min readScience
Aloof? For Cats, It's Just an Act
(Science Times) Cats like people! (Some people, anyway). Despite apparent aloofness, cats are social creatures capable of relationships with people, a new study suggests.
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How an Ice Bath May Undermine Your Weight Workout
Cold water immersion is popular with some athletes, but it may slow the growth of new muscle.
The New York Times7 min readFood & Wine
36 Hours in Dublin
A vibrant culture of Irish food, crafts, booze, literature and music offers a weekend of diversions, but it’s Dublin’s complex history and its welcoming spirit that will linger longest.
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