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Adele and Summer Walker: Our Season of Romantic Discontent

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Adele’s new album, “30,” is about the dissolution of her marriage, and also the flickers of romantic renewal that have subsequently given her hope. But the most lively parts, the most vivid moments, are the darkest ones. The hollow pain of heartbreak activates something in her — the more self-lacerating she gets, the more sumptuous her singing becomes. “Listen, I know how low I can go, I give as...

‘I’m concerned but I’m not panicking,’ says NYU epidemiologist on the omicron variant

Dr. Celine Gounder, epidemiologist and professor at NYU, urged Americans to get vaccinated and boosted as the best way protect themselves until it becomes clear how well the current Covid vaccines might work against the new omicron variant. “The idea is to buy ourselves time if omicron does turn out to be an immune-evading variant,” Dr. Gounder told “The News with Shepard Smith” on Monday night...

Tony Kushner, Oracle of the Upper West Side

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IN ACT III, Scene 2 of “Millennium Approaches,” Louis asks, “Why has democracy succeeded in America?” It’s not exactly a rhetorical question, and Louis’s rambling attempt to answer it isn’t entirely persuasive, certainly not to his friend Belize, a Black, gay nurse who cares for men dying from AIDS-related illnesses, and who possesses an acute sense of the failures and compromises of the American...

Space Pagans and Smartphone Witches: Where Tech Meets Mysticism

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DORTMUND, Germany — “Let’s use smartphones and tarot cards to connect to spirits,” reads the writing on the wall, illuminated in soft ultraviolet light. “Let’s manufacture D.I.Y. devices to listen to invisible worlds.” The incantations, printed as wallpaper, are part of the French artist Lucile Olympe Haute’s “Cyberwitches Manifesto,” an installation in a show called “Technoshamanism” that is at...

Constitutional Change and Continuity

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We are grateful for the three interesting responses to our essay on constitutional amendments. Each response raises significant issues. We appreciate Greg Weiner’s kind compliments on our essay. We agree with him that excessive veneration of the Constitution and its founders may prove an obstacle to the amendment process (although we do not believe it is the principal culprit). In our work, we...

The Guccis Are Really Not Happy About ‘House of Gucci’

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The fractious Gucci family, whose internecine power struggles famously helped it lose the company Guccio Gucci founded in 1921, has finally found common cause once again. The reason for the family’s reunification: “House of Gucci,” the 24-carat camp drama framed in pigskin about the murder of the family scion Maurizio Gucci. The film, starring Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, the spurned wife who...

‘I Can Go Anywhere’: How Service Dogs Help Veterans With PTSD

It was supper time in the Whittier, California, home of Air Force veteran Danyelle Clark-Gutierrez, and eagerly awaiting a bowl of kibble and canned dog food was Lisa, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever. Her nails clicking on the kitchen floor as she danced about, Lisa looked more like an exuberant puppy than the highly trained service animal that helps Clark-Gutierrez manage the symptoms of...

Many people are flying private jet services for the first time. Here’s what they’re paying

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Private air travel is prospering under the pandemic. In fact, interest is so high that many private jet companies have a different problem of their hands: keeping up with demand. Private aviation company VistaJet said new memberships for the first half of 2021 are up 53% compared to 2020, with Europe bringing in the greatest number of new members (51%) during this period.  “It’s no surprise that...

Global markets rattled by omicron vaccine worries

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, October 27, 2021. Brendan McDermid | Reuters LONDON — Global markets have been rattled once again on concerns that the new omicron Covid-19 variant could potentially evade vaccines. Although health authorities have said it will take several weeks to gain a full picture of how omicron’s 30+ mutations affect its...

Strategists urge investors to look through omicron volatility and stay the course

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A trader works inside a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), November 8, 2021. Brendan McDermid | Reuters LONDON — Stock markets could be facing several weeks of volatility following the emergence of the omicron Covid-19 variant, but strategists and economists are cautioning investors against hasty action. Global stocks sold off sharply on Friday as news of the variant, and...