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Disconnected: Documenting the Disappearing ‘Pay Phone’ With ‘Instant Film’

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The last time I used a pay phone was in the summer of 2012, when a colleague and I were reporting on a bear mauling …

Dan Mackie: The ‘Downtown’ Economy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

I have confessed previously to a fondness for Downton Abbey — the British historical drama/soap opera that shines like fine silver. That is, it shines …

A Powerful Drama at Shaker Bridge

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Shaker Bridge Theatre’s production of Jon Robin Baitz’ play Other Desert Cities is riveting, funny and heartbreaking, and the actors give an all-around powerful performance. …

Study: Most Brides Still Taking Husband’s Name

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Chicago — Rebecca Raab is getting married in July, and so faces a decision: Should she take her husband’s name? Her decision-making process took a detour into my email box recently. Raab, 29, who lives in the city’s …

Commentary: Expensive Vet Bills Put Pets Lives in Danger

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Eugene, Ore. — After a terrifying encounter with our automatic garage door, my beloved 23-pound cat Orangey was in trouble — dazed, struggling to breathe and in pain. I rushed him to the nearest animal emergency clinic and …

On Fashion: The Slowdown of Skinny Jeans Might Actually Be Good for the Denim Industry

Sunday, May 3, 2015

It’s hard to pinpoint the moment that you shoved your jeans to the back of your closet in favor of your stretchy yoga pants. That’s the thing about fashion trends today: Their lifecycles are short. And with everything moving faster, retailers are increasingly looking for ways to keep …

On Fashion: Abercrombie Used to Be a Store Where You Could Buy Guns and Thermal Underwear

Sunday, May 3, 2015

They were once a shopping mall staple: parking lots, food court pretzels, ear-piercing stands — and the washboard abs of an Abercrombie & Fitch model. Sometimes plastered across the store’s dimly lit entrance or often on the body of a 17-year-old hired to stand around in swim trunks, …

Getting to Know Mrs. Washington

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Washington — When her husband died, Martha Washington destroyed almost all the letters the couple had exchanged during decades of married life, an era that included the Revolutionary War, the formation of the country and his presidency. Only …

A Celebration of Love, Loss

Sunday, May 3, 2015

New York — In the hallway of her West Side apartment near Lincoln Center, the place where she remade her life after the sort of loss for which no spouse can prepare, poet and Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander …

Russia Removes ‘Maus’ From Stores

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Russian law banning Nazi propaganda has succeeded in removing one of the greatest anti-Nazi chronicles from its bookshelves. Maus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel by Art Spiegelman, has been withdrawn from Moscow bookstores. In the book, which tells Spiegelman’s family’s story, Jews are portrayed as mice and Germans …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for May 3-9

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Don’t Miss Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck — Both thrilling and devastating, this remarkable new documentary from director Brett Morgen explores the indelible life and legacy of the late, Nirvana rocker. Morgen gained unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal archives, and relies on that material to offer an unflinchingly …

To Your Good Health: Ulcers Generally Unaffected by Acidity of Food

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I have recurring stomach ulcers, so I have been researching acid-alkaline diets to resolve the ulcer problem. I am frustrated, as some research indicates that a food is acid while another source indicates that it is alkaline. How do I know which is correct? — …

Miss Manners: Counter Elevator Command With a Little Teasing

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: As an apartment dweller, I frequently ride the elevator with other residents. When other tenants enter behind me, I typically ask and push the buttons for them — but one woman barked her floor number at me the moment we entered the elevator, without a …