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'Game of Thrones' Fans: We've Got Some Books for You
Fantasy, romance, battles and intrigue — these seven series introduce you to new epic worlds.
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To Reduce Travel Stress, Plan Less
You’re on a beach. White sand surrounds you. A cool breeze gently passes over from the turquoise waters just beyond your feet. You sip your piña colada, moving aside the tiny umbrella. The sound of the waves lulls you to sleep as you think: This is t
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'Knitting Is Coding' and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab
BOSTON — On the eve of the American Physical Society’s annual March meeting, a Sunday “stitch ‘n bitch” session convened during happy hour at a lobby bar of the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel. Karen Daniels, a physicist at North Carolina State Univer
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Why You Should Try to Be a Little More Scarce
Conventional wisdom tells us we should eagerly embrace every opportunity that comes our way, but playing a little hard to get has its advantages.
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Growing Up With Murder All Around
“An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago” By Alex Kotlowitz 287 pages. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. $27.95. On July 22, 2012, Darren Easterling was murdered in Park Forest, a mostly African-American suburb south of Chicago. Two days later, the loca
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To Move Is to Thrive. It's in Our Genes.
A need and desire to be in motion may have been bred into our DNA before we even became humans. A need and desire to be in motion may have been bred into our DNA before we even became humans and could have helped to guide the evolution of our species
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'Tuca & Bertie' Explores Dark Truths in the Kitchen
Netflix’s new animated series “Tuca & Bertie” centers on the day-to-day adventures of two best friends who also happen to be birds, stumbling into their 30s together in Bird Town. The show is a raunchy, silly and often chaotic delight, propelled by c
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How to Add Hollywood Special Effects to Your Videos
No matter what you call it — chroma key, green screen or blue screen — it’s the film and video technique that gives your local TV weatherperson something in common with the “Avengers” movies: artificial backgrounds inserted behind the action. You sim
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Your 5G Phone Won't Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.
The cellphones known as 5G, or fifth generation, represent the vanguard of a wireless era rich in interconnected cars, factories and cities. Whichever nation dominates the new technology will gain a competitive edge for much of this century, accordin
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James Charles, From 'CoverBoy' to Canceled
When James Charles, 19, became the first male face of CoverGirl, following in the steps of household names like Tyra Banks, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, he was just a high school senior. In his hometown, Bethlehem, New York, he would charge friends b
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A Savagely Funny Writer Shows a Bleak Side
A man is falling from the sky, falling slowly, like a petal. He lands on the sands of an unknown desert with his torn parachute, more dead than alive. There is no sign of his American fighter plane, its American bombs. He is frighteningly calm. None
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5 People Who Can Help You Love Your Body
Learning to love your body — whatever shape or size you may be — is easier said than done, but these people are out to teach all of us that there’s no time like the present to fall in love with who you see in the mirror.
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I Traded The 12-Step Program For A Dog
The bond with my Australian cattle dog has been the most effective way for me to stay sober. Most nights, my dog River sleeps in my bed. He is a red heeler, although his speckled coat is closer to an auburn-bronze than any shade that could be earnest
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Sherwood Anderson's Revolutionary Small Town
How “Winesburg, Ohio” changed American literature. In the autumn of 1915, while living in a bohemian boardinghouse on Chicago’s Near North Side, Sherwood Anderson began work on a collection of tales describing the tortured lives of the inhabitants of
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By the Book: Ruth Reichl
The food writer and author, most recently, of the memoir “Save Me the Plums” was 10 when she read Henry Miller. “If it’s over her head, she simply won’t understand it,” her mother said.
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The Pleasures of Binge Reading
Why should Netflix provide all the fun? One night a couple of summers ago, the power went out and, unable to watch Netflix or engage in my customary internet fugue, I lit a candle and picked up a thriller by Ruth Rendell. For the first time in as lon
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What 'Good' Dads Get Away With
Division of labor in the home is one of the most important equity issues of our time. Yet at this rate it will be another 75 years before men do half the work.
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The Best Advice You've Ever Received (and Are Willing to Pass On)
A few years ago, I crowdsourced an entire book, called “The World According to Twitter.” Every night for 100 nights, I tweeted a provocative question; I published the best responses. (Sample question: “Supply the subject line of an email you really,
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Your Past is Not Your Future: Overcoming Time Management Regret
Time management regret is a jail cell with an open door. Your positive actions are what may grant you an opportunity to walk free.
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CORRECTION: The Privacy Project: Think You're Discreet Online? Think Again
People concerned about privacy often try to be “careful” online. They stay off social media, or if they’re on it, they post cautiously. They don’t share information about their religious beliefs, personal life, health status or political views. By do
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Why So Many Books About Dogs?
And what do they say about our relationship with canines — and about ourselves? “What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass?” the poet Mary Oliver asks in her book “Dog Songs.” “What would this world be lik
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36 Hours in Mendocino County
(36 Hours) Ninety miles north of San Francisco, Mendocino County is just faraway enough to have narrowly escaped the Bay Area’s radical transformation during the tech boom years. In contrast to other formerly quiet Northern California backwaters, Men
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What's Really Going On in the Democratic Primary?
Bundlers and endorsers are out. Ears and eyeballs are in. candidate wins his or her party’s presidential nomination. Recent Democratic primary battles were all about the
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For Refugee Children, Reading Helps Heal Trauma
Psychologists find that story time can build the strong relationships they need for healthy development. As the war in Syria has uprooted lives by the millions, humanitarian organizations have worked to supply food, shelter and medical relief. These
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Mayor Pete And The Queering Of The American Soul
His rise is a sign that more L.G.B.T. people are finding spiritual homes in houses of faith. “I like Mayor Pete because the way he talks about being openly gay shows strength of character.” I heard this comment not at a political rally or an informal
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The Right Way to Use a Public Bathroom (to Avoid Getting Sick)
The odds of becoming ill from using a public bathroom are slim. But there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk even more. Here’s what to keep in mind.
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36 Hours in Marseille
(36 Hours) MARSEILLE, France — No city divides the French like Marseille. For every admirer cooing about the sun-warmed sea, craggy coastlines, fish-rich bouillabaisse and the Mediterranean melting pot (thanks to 20th-century immigration from Greece,
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Three Courses, 20 Euros: The Affordable Dining Renaissance in Paris
(Frugal Traveler) On a drizzly night in Paris, a crowd spilled out the door of Bouillon Julien and onto the slick sidewalk lining the rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. The lure was a bargain-priced meal that promised to be surprising for both its quality
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Why We Need 'Game of Thrones'
The epic fantasy series is more than just escape. It is a way of imagining our way to the future.
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The Moroccan Exception in the Arab World
King Mohammed VI is carrying out a wide-ranging effort to revive his country’s Jewish heritage. Tangier, Morocco — On a recent balmy spring afternoon, a group of Muslim Moroccan students visited Rabbi Akiba, a jewelbox of a synagogue down an arched p
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