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Jessye Norman
WHEN I WAS A STUDENT AT THE NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY, Jessye Norman gave a recital in Boston, and afterward I stood in line with all the other admirers to tell her how much she had impacted me. I said to her, “Ms. Norman, what could I possibly say to
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Banderas, Alive With Color
PEDRO ALMODÓVAR’S WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN one of color. He’ll ask his actors to perform the most delicately complex scenes in front of wildly patterned wallpaper. The furnishings in his characters’ apartments are like visual music: hanging lamps in tan
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As Forever 21 Files For Bankruptcy, The ‘Retail Apocalypse’ Marches On
AMERICAN MALL BEHEMOTH FOREVER 21 achieved massive success in the 2000s by selling inexpensive variations on the latest styles, and now its decline is a window into a different kind of trend. The chain, founded in 1984 by a couple who had immigrated
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Love Fleabag? Meet Miri
EVEN BEFORE IT DOMINATED THE Emmys, Fleabag was bound to loom large over Showtime’s Back to Life. Aside from sharing a pair of executive producers, Harry and Jack Williams, both British imports cast their creator-stars as women who’ve been deemed ter
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We Still Need Justice For Jamal
Oct. 2, 2018, was the last day I would wake up to a normal life like everyone else, full of hopes and desires. Who would have known that it would be the last day I saw my fiancé, Jamal Khashoggi? Who would have known that when I left the house, I wou
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Sportscaster Jessica Mendoza Breaks Barriers, Juggles Jobs And Wants Baseball To Change Its Ways
JESSICA MENDOZA, THE GLASS-SHATTERING baseball broadcaster who is the first woman, in any major American men’s team sport, to serve as top color commentator for a national network, never envisioned this: walking through Fenway Park, on her way to cal
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Will A Law Permitting Player Payments Ruin College Sports?
ON SEPT. 30, AFTER CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 206—a bill that allows the state’s college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses and to sign endorsement deals despite NCAA rules forbidding them—state lawmak
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News Ticker
Major floods devastate India Unusually late monsoon rains caused devastating floods in northern India, leading to the deaths of at least 100 people, officials said on Sept. 30. The monsoon—the most severe since 1994—left large areas underwater, forc
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Bob Iger
The Disney CEO on consequential fun, firing humanely and what he learned from scraping chewing gum off desks
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Trump’s Conspiracy Cops
THE WARNING SIGNS WERE THERE. IN A tweet or offhand remark, President Donald Trump would touch on what he said Ukraine had done to him during the 2016 election. Top Administration officials got an earful. Foreign leaders were treated to the stories.
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Johnson Rallies Base As Scandals Loom
A LONG STANDING OVATION GREETED U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he appeared onstage in Manchester on the final day of the annual Conservative Party conference on Oct. 2. It was his first speech to his party membership as Prime Minister, and he b
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The Resistance
IRAN’S PRESIDENT ARRIVED IN NEW York City in September and left, as usual, without meeting the American one. Both Hassan Rouhani and Donald Trump professed an appetite for sitting down and talking over the ever more treacherous rift between their nat
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If Only The Japan–South Korea Trade War Were About Trade
THE U.S.-CHINA trade war is inflicting the most damage to the global economy, but it’s the trade spat between Japan and South Korea that signals the larger troubles ahead for the world. South Korea’s Supreme Court ruled in late 2018 that a number of
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Aging with Olive
MORE THAN 10 YEARS HAVE PASSED since Elizabeth Strout introduced the world to retired teacher Olive Kitteridge, a character who is at once frank, frightening and full of wisdom, often in a single breath. Now, Strout brings her beloved protagonist bac
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Conversation
WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ... ‘I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO US A FAVOR . . .’ The Oct. 7 cover stories on the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump sparked debate among readers. Molly Ball’s feature on the inquiry led Chase Webb of Portland, Ore., to d
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Making It Up, On Broadway
WHEN LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA WAS IN REHEARSALS for his breakout theatrical production In the Heights, he—along with his cast and crew—would break up the grueling schedule by sneaking off and improvising, spitting bits of rhymes and jokes. “We did it as a
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Jacques Chirac
JACQUES CHIRAC—WHO DIED on Sept. 26 at 86— towered over French politics for nearly four decades, as mayor of Paris, Prime Minister and finally President for 12 years. To some, he seemed to lack strong views or convictions. But to others, he now seems
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When The Finale Isn’t Final
THE LAST TIME WE SAW JESSE Pinkman, in the series finale of Breaking Bad, he’d just escaped a massacre. After refusing to put a mortally wounded Walter White (Bryan Cranston) out of his misery—an act that would’ve added one more sin to the long list
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Finding Kamala Harris
Sometimes Kamala Harris wakes up in the middle of the night because there’s something on her mind. Did anybody get back to so-and-so? How is my stepdaughter adjusting to her apartment in New York City? Sometimes those early-morning moments are her on
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The Overlooked
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN SPENT ON BREAST-CANCER RESEARCH. BUT WOMEN WITH METASTATIC FORMS OF THE DISEASE HAVE RARELY BEEN THE FOCUS
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Will Hong Kong Unrest Spoil China’s Big Day?
THE STREETS ARE SWEPT, THE SOLDIERS rehearsed and the stealth drones ready to be put on display. As Beijing prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1, even the trade war will suspend hostil
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Speaking Truth To Trauma
FOR ALL THE LIGHT THAT #METOO HAS SHINED into dark corners, many among us still swallow the destructive myth that most rapists are armed strangers lurking in alleys. The past two years have seen countless powerful examples of the truth: rapists are u
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America Needs A New Strategic Triad To Face The 21st Century
FOR DECADES, nations have thought about the strategic triad as the integration of three systems to deliver nuclear weapons: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles; long-range strategic bombers like the B-52, B-1 and B-2; and nuclear-powered b
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Conversation
WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT ... THE NEW AMERICAN ADDICTION Jamie Ducharme’s Sept. 30 cover story on the popularity of Juul e-cigarettes among adolescents was eye-opening for adults. Julie Lori of Mequon, Wis., was keenly interested, as she has seen “the exp
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How Safe Is Bottled Water?
Bottled water has gone from a convenience to an alternative drinking-water system, with about a third of Americans choosing it over tap water most or all of the time. Why? More than 90% of those buying bottled water cite “safety” and “quality” as the
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It Can Be A Boy, A Girl, Neither Or Both
WITH A GENDER-NEUTRAL DOLL, MATTEL IS HOPING TO BREAK TABOOS AND APPEAL TO A GENERATION THAT DEMANDS SOCIAL JUSTICE IN BRANDS
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Identity Crisis
IT’S BEEN 84 YEARS SINCE A FIRST-TERM Canadian Prime Minister with a parliamentary majority lost a bid for re-election, but Justin Trudeau was in a position to shatter that record even before those photos hit the Internet. Blackface is a bad look for
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In Harlem, A Godfather History Forgot
SOMETIME BETWEEN THE RELEASE OF Howard Hawks’ Scarface in 1932 and The Sopranos’ finale 75 years later, the mafioso became a quintessential American archetype: an outsider with no traditional path to wealth who seeks his fortune through violence. Al
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Thomas Cook
WHEN ENGLISH CABINETMAKER THOMAS COOK STARTED A travel company in 1841, it sold only day trips from Leicester to Loughborough, via steam train, at a shilling each. More than 178 years later—after surviving 36 U.S. presidencies, two world wars and the
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Ann Patchett The Best-selling Author On Totally Rewriting Her New Book, Being Mad At Her Neighbors And The Inaccuracy Of Memories
Your new novel, The Dutch House, is about families who circle in and out of a grand house in Pennsylvania. Did you have a particular house in mind? No. It was important to me to only have a few details because I believe that everybody has one, if not
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