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James Comey: What I Want From the Mueller Report
I am rooting for a demonstration to the world that the United States justice system works.
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Switching to a New Social Network That Isn't Really New at All
(Circuits) SAN FRANCISCO — My favorite new social network doesn’t incessantly spam me with notifications. When I post, I’m not bombarded with @mentions from bots and trolls. And after I use it, I don’t worry about ads following me around the web. Th
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Confronting Philosophy's Anti-Semitism
Should we continue to teach thinkers like Kant, Voltaire and Hume without mention of the harmful prejudices they helped legitimize?
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CORRECTION: Mourning Becomes Her
Han Kang’s novel is a politically tinged eulogy for a dead sister. In “The White Book,” a Korean novelist wanders the city of Warsaw, haunted by her family’s loss — and by her country’s inability to mourn its own losses.
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36 Hours in St. Barts
This tiny Caribbean paradise has almost fully rebounded from a devastating hit by Hurricane Irma; for visitors, that means endless beach-going, eating, drinking and shopping.
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Jaffa Is Tel Aviv's Unexpected Luxury Hotspot
(Heads Up) Jaffa, the age-old Abbott to youthful Tel Aviv’s Costello, is an ancient port in the midst of a luxury renaissance. This 3,000-year-old harbor is a labyrinth of white stone alleys, hushed mosques and markets brimming with antiques and spic
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How Meditation Can Improve Your Travels
Meditation has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, making it a useful tool for those who find traveling taxing. Here are a few ways it can make your trips more enjoyable.
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From Woke Bros to Cold Warriors: The Men of 2020
Yes, the women are making history. But the male candidates represent a historically diverse range of expressions of masculinity, and that’s good for everyone.
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Is Pain A Sensation Or An Emotion?
WE COULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM THE ANCIENT GREEKS’ UNDERSTANDING OF SUFFERING. The United States uses a third of the world’s opioids but a fifth of Americans still say they suffer from chronic pain. The only demonstrable effect of two decades of
The New York Times4 min readPolitics
How 'Real America' Became Queer America
The Trump administration may be busy waging culture wars. But in the heartland, it’s never been a better time to be L.G.B.T.
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When She Became a Target, the Rules Changed
Rotten Tomatoes altered its audience participation parameters, and film festivals are dedicating a percentage of press passes to increase diversity.
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32 Tips for Surviving (and Parenting) Crying Babies on Planes
Flying with an unhappy child can make everyone miserable — the parents, other passengers, the child — but what can you do? Here are some of your best tips to help.
The New York Times5 min readTech
Why Napalm Is a Cautionary Tale for Tech Giants Pursuing Military Contracts
Over the past few months, a fierce debate has erupted in Silicon Valley over whether large technology companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft should join forces with the U.S. military, along with agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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How the Internet Travels Across Oceans
Hundreds of thousands of miles of cable connect continents to support our insatiable demand for communication and entertainment. Companies have typically pooled their resources. Now Google is going its own way.
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John Legend on Kanye West, Political Music and Morality in Art
‘WITHIN THE LAST 18 MONTHS, SOMEONE SAID R. KELLY HAD A GOOD SONG FOR ME. I SAID NO.’ IN JANUARY, John Legend drew widespread praise as the most prominent musician to speak out against R. Kelly’s decades of sexual-assault allegations in Lifetime’s mu
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A Forgotten Leader of the French Resistance
Lynne Olson’s “Madame Fourcade’s Secret War” tells of a woman who led the fight against the Nazis while combating sexism among her colleagues.
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At an Arizona Ranch, Desert Beauty with a Side of Border Politics
The fence along the Mexican border was once such a deterrent to visitors that it helped drive Rancho de la Osa out of business. Now the barrier is an attraction for the dude ranch.
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36 Hours in St. Augustine
On northern Florida’s Atlantic coast, the past is present in this centuries-old city, where history, beachcombing and Southern treats like butter pecan milkshakes are celebrated in equal measure.
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I Am Not Your Tinder Fantasy
IT’S GREAT TO SPICE UP YOUR RELATIONSHIP! BUT QUEERS DON’T EXIST FOR YOUR PLEASURE. It was early February and it had been a long week. It’s winter in Minneapolis, so every week is a long week. But those last few days had felt endless. Padding into th
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What Alex Trebek Is Really Like
AN ODE TO OUR GENERATION’S CRONKITE. It was about a month into my 2004 run on “Jeopardy!”that Alex Trebek made me laugh out loud. “And now we come to our returning champion, Ken Jennings,” he said, “who has won 29 consecutive games.” He paused for o
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Go Home to Your 'Dying' Hometown
I did, and it isn’t what I expected. I am more involved in social and racial justice, economic development and feminism than I ever was in a big city.
The New York Times6 min readSelf-Improvement
Your Dog Feels as Guilty as She Looks
ANIMALS ARE NO LESS EMOTIONAL THAN WE ARE. Uniquely human emotions don’t exist. More and more, I believe that we share all emotions with other species in the same way that we share virtually every organ in our bodies with them. No exceptions. Like or
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Facebook Just Shoplifted Snapchat's Best Idea
THE MESSAGING PLATFORM FIGURED OUT THE VALUE OF PRIVACY A LONG TIME AGO. If you want to know why Mark Zuckerberg is suddenly so interested in privacy, I have one word for you: data. “Mark makes decisions based on data and not values,” a person famili
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Is Your Seatmate Googling You?
A ‘Creepy’ Assignment: Pay Attention to What Strangers Reveal in Public: An exercise I gave my students helps illustrate the risks to privacy in our everyday, offline lives.
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Why Do We Think Suffering Is Good for Us?
A PSYCHIATRIST WONDERS IF THERE’S A WAY TO USE DRUGS TO SPEED UP THE PAINFUL WORK OF THERAPY. Feeling anxious or depressed and want to get better? You have to really work at it and suffer through years of therapy and sometimes try lots of drugs. No p
The New York Times3 min readPolitics
Tom Brokaw: What Trump and Nixon Share
There are notable differences between the two presidents, but there are also striking similarities.
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Luke Perry Had a Stroke and Died. I Had One and Lived.
Kara Swisher: I had both the privilege of more days and the awareness that those days would be limited.
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Seven Buds for Seven Brothers
Sure, CBD is everywhere. But it hit the Sundance Film Festival with full force only in January, when Charlotte’s Web, a leading purveyor of the substance — the Uber of CBD, if you will — hosted a three-day party, lines out the door, in a converted st
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Solange Defies Pop Expectations on 'When I Get Home'
(Critic’s Pick) Solange’s breakthrough 2016 album, “A Seat at the Table,” was a sweet-voiced, multilayered manifesto: the sound of one black woman finding her path forward and confronting the ways systemic racism and sexism affect personal struggles.
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'Born in the U.S.A. (2018)' -- Bruce Springsteen
The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now: HOW AGING — AND THE AGE — CAN CHANGE A SONG’S MEANING. I don’t know if Bruce Springsteen thinks about death as much as I think about the inevitability of his dying. I’ve lived an entire life as a fan of Bruce S
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