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Philadelphia, City of Father Divine - The New York Times
The photographer Kristin Bedford trekked through the sweltering summer streets of Philadelphia in 2013, looking for remnants of forgotten religions. In college, as a religious studies major, she’d been influenced by Arthur Fauset’s 1944 book “Black Gods of the Metropolis: Negro Cults of the Urban North,” in which he’d chronicled five spinoff religions in African-American communities.

She tried finding the churches, going door to door with nothing but the decades-old addresses listed in the book. Combing the neighborhoods, she queried neighbors, whose advice enabled her to piece things together. Eventually, she encountered the vestiges of Father Divine’s International Peace Mission Movement.
photography  kristinbedford  woodmont  nytimes  gladwyne  pennsylvania  peacemission  fatherdivine  motherdivine  cults 
april 2018
Mother Divine, Who Took Over Her Husband’s Cult, Dies at 91 - The New York Times
Mother Divine, who led the movement after her husband’s death in 1965, died on March 4 at Woodmont, the Peace Mission’s estate and headquarters in Gladwyne, Pa., outside Philadelphia, the organization announced. She was 91.
obituary  nytimes  motherdivine  peacemission  cults 
april 2018
The extraordinary life of Ethiopia's 93-year-old singing nun - The Guardian
She sang for Haile Selassie but later retreated from the world, living barefoot in a hilltop monastery, perfecting her bluesy, freewheeling sound. Kate Molleson on The Honky Tonk Nun, her documentary about Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
theguardian  music  musician  emahoytseguemaryamguebrou  ethiopia  ethiopianmusic  africamusic  africa 
april 2018
1099's and W-2's: If Your Boss Broke the Law, it Might Make Your Taxes Higher - National Employment Law Project
It’s important for workers to know that being treated as an independent contractor has tax consequences – and that bosses are breaking the law when they treat workers who are really “employees” as “independent contractors.
nationalemploymentlawproject  taxes  law  taxlaw  employment 
april 2018
Andrew Sullivan on the Opioid Epidemic in America
This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.
america  culture  drugs  unitedstates  andrewsullivan  opiods  addiction  modernculture  modernlife 
april 2018
The Man Who Knew Too Little - The New York Times
The most ignorant man in America knows that Donald Trump is president — but that’s about it. Living a liberal fantasy is complicated.
politics  technology  news  nytimes  erikhagerman  ohio  athensohio  donaldtrump  media 
april 2018
How a Young Woman Lost Her Identity - The New Yorker
Hannah Upp disappears for weeks at a time, forgetting her sense of self. Can she still be found?
thenewyorker  rachelaviv  hannahupp  identity  disappearances  mystery  dissociativefugue 
april 2018
Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women - Bloomberg
Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail.
bloomberg  bloombergbusinessweek  culture  japan  society  loneliness  elderly  criminaljustice  jails 
april 2018
Planning Mexico City’s future - Curbed
How Mexico City’s urban innovation lab tackles the city’s challenges
mexicocity  mexico  curbed  urbanism  urbanplanning  technology  innovationlab  cities 
april 2018
Jordan Peele’s X-Ray Vision - The New York Times
“Get Out,” his docu-horror-thriller-comedy about race in America, was the movie of the year. What will he show us next?
jordanpeele  wesleymorris  nytimes  nytimesmag  film  cinema  getout  horror  thrillers  race  racism 
december 2017
The New Generation of Japanese Accommodations - The New York Times
Any traveler to Japan knows that its sense of hospitality — the sober, subtle beauty of the country’s lodgings, and the elegant, unobtrusive service within them — is unmatched anywhere else.
travel  japan  tmagazine 
december 2017
Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska - The New York Times
Keeping a high school football team together is tough, between a Russian
Orthodox sect leery of the outside world and the chores of life in an isolated village
alaska  voznesenka  football  sports  nytimes  oldbelievers 
december 2017
A 17th-Century Russian Community Living in 21st-Century Alaska - The Atlantic
This clan has traveled from Russia through China, Brazil, and Oregon to make a home in the remote north, struggling to avoid modernization.
alaska  oldbelievers  theatlantic  Nikolaevsk  religion 
december 2017
The Little Theater That Could - The New York Times
The survival of 13th Street Repertory Company, a relic from Greenwich Village’s bohemian past, depends on the survival of its 100-year-old doyenne.
newyork  city  nytimes  greenwichvillage  theater  13thstreetrepertorycompany  theatre  offbroadway  13thstreettheatre 
december 2017
Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues - The New York Times
Kayla Delzer, a teacher in Mapleton, N.D., has created a flexible classroom where her third graders sit where they please and learn to post on Instagram. Tech companies are courting teachers like Ms. Delzer to help improve and promote their education tools.
education  ethics  teaching  teachers  social  siliconvalley  tech  nytimes  technology  socialmedia 
december 2017
In Indonesia, 3 Muslim Girls Fight for Their Right to Play Heavy Metal - The New York Times
The three teenage girls — shy and even seeming slightly embarrassed as they peer out from their Islamic head scarves — do not look much like a heavy metal band.
indonesia  metal  music  teenagers  islam  muslim  womensrights  nytimes 
december 2017
Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled by Women: The Round-Table Conversation - The New York Times
Guitars may seem to matter less than ever. But just beneath
the mainstream, dozens of female bands are making
some of the most urgent, politically relevant music around.

Women Are Making the Best Rock Music Today: Listen Now SEPT. 5, 2017
Allison and Katie Crutchfield
gender  music  rock  nytimes  women  feminism  vagabon  speedy  ortiz  indierock  sheermag  dietcig  allisoncrutchfield  katiecrutchfield 
december 2017
To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now - The New York Times
Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.

For Ms. Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak’s campus in Rochester in the early 1980s. For Ms. Ramos, that means cleaning at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in the present day.

In the 35 years between their jobs as janitors, corporations across America have flocked to a new management theory: Focus on core competence and outsource the rest. The approach has made companies more nimble and more productive, and delivered huge profits for shareholders. It has also fueled inequality and helps explain why many working-class Americans are struggling even in an ostensibly healthy economy.
business  economics  history  employment  inequality  nytimes 
december 2017
EJ Johnson Is ‘Not Just Some Other Rich Girl’ - The New York Times
Magic Johnson’s son was outed as gay by TMZ, then became a reality show
star. All of 25, he is now embracing his role as a gender-flouting role model.
gender  identity  ejjohnson  nytimes  nytimesmag  lgbtq  sexuality  media 
december 2017
Through the Outback - The New York Times
Traveling across Australia’s vast interior, our photojournalist found a land that defied easy explanations, a remote expanse filled with meaning.
australia  culture  identity  photography  nytimes  outback 
december 2017
Stephen Shore’s Offbeat Sublimities | The New Yorker
An immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective of the photographer’s work showcases his easeful acceptance of the world.
photography  stephenshore  thenewyorker 
december 2017
“Cat Person” | The New Yorker
Margot met Robert on a Wednesday night toward the end of her fall semester. She was working behind the concession stand at the artsy movie theatre downtown when he came in and bought a large popcorn and a box of Red Vines.
fiction  shortfiction  shortstories  literature  kristenroupenian  catperson 
december 2017
Nicolás Maduro’s Accelerating Revolution | The New Yorker
Venezuela’s President has outmaneuvered his opponents. Can he survive an economy in free fall?
politics  venezuela  nicolasmaduro  thenewyorker 
december 2017
Bruce Chatwin: One of the Last Great Explorers - The New York Times
Forty years after the publication of his groundbreaking travelogue, ‘‘In Patagonia,’’ the author’s writing — and style— have lost none of their power to bewitch and inspire.
brucechatwin  patagonia  travel  argentina  chile  nytimes  tmagazine 
december 2017
Who Will Save These Dying Italian Towns? - The New York Times
Near-empty villages try to hold on to an endangered way of life
— and some of the country’s most important artisanal traditions.
italy  villages  abandoned  dyingtowns  nytimes  tmagazine  artisans  tradition  heritage 
december 2017
The Weird Brilliance of Joaquin Phoenix - The New York Times
He’s the greatest screen actor of his generation, but also a reluctant celebrity.
joaquinphoenix  actor  acting  nytimes  tmagazine  breteastonellis  actors 
december 2017
What to Do (and Where to Stay) in the Western Catskills - The New York Times
One of New York’s last isolated frontiers, sleepy Sullivan County has finally found its place in the sun
newyork  upstatenewyork  catskills  westerncatskills  sullivancounty  nytimes  tmagazine  travel 
december 2017
David Hockney, Contrarian, Shifts Perspectives - The New York Times
Mr. Hockney’s new paintings are riveting in their spatial distortions. A born colorist, he’d rather be a Cubist.
art  painting  davidhockney  nytimes 
december 2017
Navigating Sometimes Chaotic, Always Fascinating Addis Ababa - The New York Times
Addis Ababa is the capital of the oldest independent country in Africa (though it was occupied by the Italians, Ethiopia was never formally colonized). The capital, where both Orthodox Christianity and Islam are practiced, is an extraordinary, fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking city. Dire poverty is still a harsh reality for many in the country despite a booming economy. And while the city can certainly be navigated inexpensively, you will also find fascinating cultural landmarks, wonderful food and an almost unparalleled coffee culture.
addisababa  ethiopia  africa  travel  nytimes  thefrugaltraveler 
december 2017
In Norway, the Journey Is the Destination - The New York Times
A writer finds emotional solace on some of Norway’s scenic remote
roads, which have been transformed into architectural wonders.
architecture  design  norway  travel  nytimes 
december 2017
And the Blue Ribbon Goes to ... Anissa Mack - The New York Times
For the Brooklyn-based, Connecticut-raised artist Anissa Mack, state fair rituals are not just a seasonal recurrence, but the engine driving a continuing body of work. Around two dozen of her newest collagelike objects and sculptures inspired by a lifetime of fair-going are on view in “Junk Kaleidoscope,” a solo show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum here, through April 22.
nytimes  art  sculpture  anissamack 
december 2017
Creative Class Hero - Tomoko Miho is one of the design world’s best kept secrets
Miho combined European modernist principles with a Japanese mastery of spatial planes. Her posters, catalogs, logos, and architectural signage all function perfectly as items of graphic communication, but they also have a seemingly effortless grace, as if she has designed them in the only way possible.
graphicdesign  hermanmiller  tomokomiho  design 
november 2017
Once So Chic and Swooshy, Freeways Are Falling Out of Favor - The New York Times
Several cities face pressure to tear down the 1960s-era mega-roads
and reinstate pedestrian-friendly streets. Jane Jacobs told you so!
infrastructure  nytimes  urbanplanning  freeways  cities  urbanpolicy  janejacobs 
november 2017
180,000-Year-Old Candlelit Ali Barbour Cave Offers Unparalleled Fine Dining in Kenya | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
We were delighted to discover the otherworldly Ali Barbour Cave Restaurant during our recent stay in Diani Beach, Kenya. Thought to be up to 180,000 years old, the multi-chambered coral cave reaches depths of up to 10 meters below ground - and it's been converted into a world-renowned fine dining establishment.
kenya  travel  inhabit  dianibeach  africa  restaurant  alibabarbourcave 
november 2017
In Spice-Laden Kerala, a Break From Urban India - The New York Times
Younger Indians, flush with disposable income and a
newfound appreciation of the cultural riches within their
own borders, have discovered Kerala. And for good reason
nytimes  travel  india  kerala  tea  teaestates 
november 2017
‘Scenes of Solitude’ From Hudson River School Artists - The New York Times
The mere sight of 83 landscapes by the Hudson River School artists, assembled at the Albany Institute of History & Art for the first time in over 50 years, was enough to reduce one visitor to tears.
nytimes  painting  art  landscapepainting  hudsonriver  albanyinstituteofhistoryandart  history 
november 2017
MoMA's Items: Is Fashion Modern? exhibition delves into history of iconic apparel
New York's Museum of Modern Art is opening its first fashion-only show in over 70 years, telling the stories of the garments and accessories that form the foundation of how we dress today.
moma  museumofmodernart  art  fashion  museums  dezeen 
november 2017
The Lost Children of Tuam - The New York Times
The story of the Mother and Baby Home of Tuam, Ireland. During the first half of the last century, it was where women were sent who bore children out of wedlock. The mothers were generally sent home after a year, but the children stayed, most often in appalling conditions that caused hundreds upon hundreds of unnecessary deaths. And when those children died, they were considered too shameful to be buried with decent folk in the local graveyard.
nytimes  ireland  tuam  motherandbabyhomeoftuam  orphans  children  death  coverups  catholicism 
november 2017
A Meditative Train Ride Through South Africa - The New York Times
My train journey between the two South African cities would take 26 hours and cover nearly 1,000 miles before reaching its terminus in Cape Town railway station on the coast. Besides tapping into a new found love of train travel, my trip on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe provided the ultimate in affordable luxury: For 3,120 rand (plus a 75-rand booking fee, for a total of about $235), I had my own air-conditioned sleeper compartment, a shower and a proper dining car serving multicourse meals. And, of course, there were a multitude of vistas, from the grassy, steppe-like plateau in the heart of the country to the craggy Hex River Mountains in the southwest.
travel  nytimes  southafrica  africa  johannesburg  capetown  train  traintravel  trains 
november 2017
For G-d So Loved Haiti - The Believer
The strange story of how Haitian Vodou gave birth to Christian Pentecostalism—and the even stranger tale of why Pentecostal evangelicals are looking to kill Vodou off
thebeliever  haiti  haitianvodou  vodou  christian  pentecostalism  religon  evangelicals 
november 2017
My 22 Crushes — The California Sunday Magazine
This past summer, I flew home to Michigan for the funeral of a childhood friend. After the memorial, I went for a drink with a few pals I hadn’t seen since high school, including Tanya, whom I’d nursed a fluctuating crush on from about third to 12th grade. As was true with most of my early crushes, revealing my feelings seemed like a hopeless and terrifying prospect, and I was pretty sure that Tanya had never known. But what surprised me was that after 25 years — and my own recent marriage — being around Tanya still produced the same giddy rush.
thecaliforniasundaymagazine  davyrothbart  relationships  crushes  love 
november 2017
When Your Skin Condition Becomes Viral Content - Jezebel
Thanks to the power of the internet, minor dermatological procedures no longer simply unfold in the privacy of the exam room. Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee, perhaps better known as Dr. Pimple Popper and the founder of SLMD Skincare, has turned pimple popping into her digital stock and trade, broadcasting hundreds of videos in all their oozy glory on YouTube and Instagram. Lee’s videos are ostensibly educational, but her millions of followers don’t turn out in droves for how-tos on washing your face or applying sunscreen. They come for the pops. Lee has mastered pimple popping’s particular viral alchemy, and the internet shudders with collective disgust and delight when she goes to work on an extra-bulbous pimple—or cyst, or lipoma—and sets it free.
drpimplepopper  youtubevideos  youtube  viralvideos  dermatology  jezel  drsandralee  socialmedia  videos 
november 2017
Rachel Brosnahan’s Comic Timing - The New York Times
Her star turn in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ — the first major comedic role in her career — comes at a moment when it’s crucial to reclaim women’s place in stand-up history.
nytimes  nytimesmag  rachelbrosnahan  rachelsyme  television  tv  amazon  comedy  acting  actors 
november 2017
Mali’s Desert Elephants, on Edge of Annihilation, Get a Fighting Chance - The New York Times
To defend the 300 or so elephants that remain, Mali has formed an anti-poaching brigade to patrol a Switzerland-sized area called the Gourma, with the force deterring poachers and assisting isolated communities along the elephants’ migratory route.
africa  conservation  mali  gourma  poaching  elephants  antipoaching  animalrights 
november 2017
Ever Heard of Burmese Sushi Counters? You’ve Probably Been to One - The New York Times
Gam Aung, a Burmese refugee, had never heard of sushi before arriving in the United States three years ago. Today, he makes six figures a year hawking creations like the Dazzling Dragon roll and the Mango Tango.
nytimes  gamaung  refugees  burma  sushi  burmesesushi  immigrants  immigration 
november 2017
A Provocative Museum Places African Art on the Global Stage - The New York Times
The $38 million new museum houses the collection of Jochen Zeitz, the German-born philanthropist and former chief executive officer of Puma SE, who has been amassing contemporary work from Africa and its diaspora since 2008. The building’s simple concrete exterior and cut-glass-faceted windows give little hint of the spectacular cathedral-like interior, with 80 white-cube galleries over nine floors on either side.
zeitzmuseum  africanart  contemporaryart  capetown  africa  art  nytimes 
november 2017
The Hidden History of Japan’s Folk-Rock Boom - The New York Times
When the Japanese singer-songwriter Kenji Endo first heard Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” as a young student in Tokyo in the 1960s, he was perplexed — offended, even. Aren’t pop vocals supposed to be pretty? But by the third listen, Mr. Endo remembered that he was in awe: “This guy is creating something that has never been created before.” He had found his calling.
japansefolkrock  japanesefolk  japanesemusic  japan  music  nytimes  lightintheattic 
november 2017
Virtual Reality Gets Naughty - The New York Times
In early 2014 Ela Darling, 31, a pornographic actress, recorded her first virtual reality sex scene. She was in a college dorm room at the University of Maryland dressed in an R2-D2 swimsuit and high athletic socks. She sat on a twin bed, next to a wooden desk, and spoke to the camera as if it were a real person. There was no story line and no other actors.
business  culture  nytimes  virtualreality  pornography 
november 2017
Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story - The New York Times
In 1993, soon after the publication of Jeffrey Eugenides’s first novel, “The Virgin Suicides,” my sly and thoughtful high school English teacher handed me a copy. In those days, my knowledge of contemporary literature ended with “The Catcher in the Rye,” so Eugenides’s book came as a thunderclap.
jeffreyeugenides  nytimes  bookreview  books  literature  shortstories 
november 2017
Hunt for a Good Beginning. Then Write It. - The New York Times
Followers of John McPhee, perhaps the most revered nonfiction narrative journalist of our time, will luxuriate in the shipshape prose of “Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process,” a collection of eight essays that first appeared in The New Yorker, his home for more than 50 years.
writing  books  nonfiction  literature  johnmcphee  nytimes  bookreview 
november 2017
The N.F.L.’s Most Valuable Player Might Be ... a Punter? - The New York Times
Since entering the N.F.L. in 2012, Johnny Hekker, 27, has come to dominate as a punter like few others. He confounds opponents by marrying distance, direction and hang time to smash records, last year compiling what is regarded as the best punting season in N.F.L. history. He broke his own mark for net average, with 46.0 yards per kick, and dropped 51 punts inside the 20-yard line with only one touchback, a ratio that the Rams’ special-teams coach, John Fassel, described as “just stupid.”
nfl  sports  football  punting  punter  johnnyhekker 
november 2017
Detroit: From Motor City to Housing Incubator - The New York Times
The 2008 financial crisis and 2013 city bankruptcy gutted Detroit’s housing market. Now, Detroit is experimenting with unorthodox ways to get people to buy homes and renovate houses.
detroit  michigan  nytimes  housing  houses  economy  urbanpolicy 
november 2017
For Troubadours Trapped in Servitude, a Murder Breaks the Bond - The New York Times
For generations, folk musicians have camped out on a dusty cattle range in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Mostly Muslims, they earn their keep by performing for Hindus who live in sturdy huts built of stone.

So it came as no surprise when Aamad Khan, a poor singer with deep-set eyes, was summoned to a nearby temple one night to play his harmonium, an air-driven organ. He was told to use his music to inspire the Hindu goddess Durga to enter the body of a local faith healer who happened to smell of alcohol that September evening.

The song would be Mr. Khan’s last.
india  nytimes  rajasthan  folkmusicians  aamadkhan  hindu  murder  castesystem 
november 2017
Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade - The New York Times
The New York Times tracked international ape smugglers from Congolese
rain forests to the back streets of Bangkok. Here is what unfolded.
apes  apesmugglers  crime  nytimes 
november 2017
Being a Female Comic in Louis C.K.’s World - The New York Times
I saw Louis C.K. this spring, when I was performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York City. He was working out his “Saturday Night Live” monologue and he was funny. We exchanged cordial hellos backstage and I remember thinking, “I hope it’s a misunderstanding, I hope you’re not that guy people say you are.”
comedy  sexualharrassment  sexualmisconduct  standup  standupcomedy  louisck  lauriekilmartin  nytimes 
november 2017
In Search of Silence - The New York Times
Erling Kagge, a 54-year-old Norwegian explorer, author and publisher, was sitting one morning last month in the private gardens at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, a green oasis of relative quiet in the West Village of Manhattan.

“You never find a place that is total silence,” Mr. Kagge said. “I’ve been looking, and I have not found it.”
nytimes  silence  erlingkagge  urbanexploration 
november 2017
Are Honey Nut Cheerios Healthy? We Look Inside the Box - The New York Times
Previously, I assumed Honey Nut Cheerios was a slightly sweeter Cheerios, but you learn things when you finally get around to reading the back of the box. It actually has about nine times as much sugar as plain Cheerios, per serving. An Environmental Working Group analysis of a number of popular cereals — a report that linked sugary cereals to the “nation’s childhood obesity epidemic” — put Honey Nut Cheerios’s sugar content second only to Fruity Pebbles. The same group found that one cup of the cereal had more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.
health  food  honeynutcheerios  nytimes 
november 2017
Where Self-Driving Cars Go to Learn - The New York Times
Arizona’s promise to keep the driverless car industry free of regulations
has attracted dozens of companies, including Uber, Waymo and Lyft
arizona  nytimes  selfdrivingcars  uber  waymo  lyft  technology 
november 2017
Plugging Into the Gig Economy, From Home With a Headset - The New York Times
A company called Liveops has become the Uber of call centers by doting on its agents. But is the work liberating, or dehumanizing?
callcenter  gigeconomy  liveops  nytimes  jobs  labor  economy 
november 2017
Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Houston’s Struggle Is America’s Tale - The New York Times
The Texas city’s response to a powerful storm says much about polarized visions of the country and diverging attitudes toward cities, race, liberty and science.
houston  texas  climatechange  hurricaneharvey  nytimes 
november 2017
Putin’s Bridge to Crimea May Carry More Symbolism Than Traffic - The New York Times
The looming bridge is the best show in town.

Every two weeks, Nikolai Ench, a retired sailor, and his wife, Olga, scale the scrublands above Kerch in their white Toyota truck to marvel at the colossal engineering feat inching its way across the strait separating Crimea from the Russian mainland.
crimea  russia  bridge  nytimes  vladimirputin 
november 2017
For the First Family of Pleasure Products, Toys Are Us - The New York Times
What Ronald A. Braverman did was make rubber penises. He also manufactured latex vaginas and hand-shaped items devised for anal insertion and a variety of other novelties associated with masturbatory pleasures. In the evolving parlance of successive eras, those items were euphemistically known first as marital aids — as though a vibrator were a couples counselor — and then sex toys and, eventually, “pleasure products.”
business  nytimes  sextoys  ronaldabraverman  familybusiness 
november 2017
What War Can’t Destroy - The New York Times
Years of conflict have torn at the seams of Juba, South Sudan. But the city’s people hold their heads high.
sudan  juba  photography  design  fashion  culture  africa  nytimes 
november 2017
Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants - The New York Times
Most football fans in the South who turn on CBS at 1 p.m. Sunday to watch N.F.L. football will see Baltimore at Green Bay. A much smaller portion of the audience in the South — mostly those living in Florida — will see Jacksonville at Cleveland.

And then there is the pocket of TV viewers in Mississippi who will be shown Kansas City at the Giants. The Giants are a very bad team, and the Chiefs are not exactly Mississippi’s team.

So what’s the explanation?
scheduling  media  broadcasting  television  sports  nfl  football  nytimes 
november 2017
A Big N.F.L. Game Comes to Mexico City. These Guys Have it Covered. - The New York Times
Mexico’s proximity to the United States and a developing middle class fluent in American culture, not to mention innumerable cross-border ties, make it a market with unfulfilled potential for American sports leagues.
mexico  football  sports  nytimes  NFL 
november 2017
As Mexico Builds Green Airport of the Future, Age-Old Mistakes Loom - The New York Times
On the flat salt basin that was once the Aztecs’ great Lake Texcoco, Mexico is building its “door to the world,” an enormous airport the government vows will exist in harmony with the environment.

Officials described a terminal design so green that it would be a “global reference” for sustainability, and they pledged to rescue degraded lands surrounding the airport.

But soon after construction started in 2015, the government appeared to turn its back on part of that promise, ceding land designated on project maps for conservation to local officials for development.
mexico  airport  environment  nytimes 
november 2017
How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways - The New York Times
Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year. But the crisis was
long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows.
government  nytimes  newyork  subway  publictransportation  publictransit 
november 2017
The First Modern President - The New York Times
In his measured, insightful biography, “President McKinley: Architect of the American Century,” Robert W. Merry seeks to set the record straight. He notes that the willful, flamboyant Roosevelt upstaged the staid, placid McKinley. Even Roosevelt’s children joked that he wanted to be “the bride at every wedding and the corpse at every funeral,” and Roosevelt was not above personal derision. When McKinley seemed to hesitate before declaring war on Spain in 1898, Roosevelt is said to have suggested, in a private remark that inevitably became public, that the president’s backbone was “as soft as a chocolate éclair.” (The quip has also been attributed to House Speaker Thomas Reed.) In reality, Merry argues, McKinley was shrewd and patient, wily beneath the bland exterior.
biography  williammckinley  books  literature  nytimes  bookreview 
november 2017
Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America? - The New York Times
In Detroit, the future is still being written. Time and time again I felt giddy with possibilities, informed in large part by the innovators I was talking to. Yet many of these same innovators — community activists, artists, small business owners — took issue with the trendy notion of a “New Detroit,” as this term largely ignored the fiercely independent and creative spirit that has existed in the city for decades and made Detroit such a haven for creatives and visionaries in the first place.
travel  detroit  michigan  nytimes 
november 2017
36 Hours in Kauai, Hawaii - The New York Times
All the raves you’ve heard are true. Kauai is a lush island with just the right mix of amenities and untamed beauty
hawaii  kauai  travel  nytimes 
november 2017
The Travel Podcast Comes Into Its Own - The New York Times
In a commissioned episode, Nate DiMeo, creator of the podcast the Memory Palace, invites guests of the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., to cross the street and wander around Fresh Pond while he tells a story. It’s a dreamy story that reaches well into the pond’s past in the 19th century when the entrepreneur Frederic Tudor managed to create an empire in the ice trade, shipping frozen blocks from the pond to distant, sweltering climes. The ice found its way into “the drinks of Maharajahs, of men and women in waterfront bars in midsummer in Martinique,” he says, over soft music that mixes in sounds referencing the industry and export geography. “He had turned pond water into a luxury item.”
travelpodcasts  podcasts  travel  nytimes 
november 2017
Why Richard Avedon’s Work Has Never Been More Relevant - The New York Times
The photographer’s social conscience, revealed in a show at Pace/MacGill and a new edition of “Nothing Personal,” deepens his enduring legacy.
richardavedon  photography  nytimes 
november 2017
John Adams Writes a New Opera, and It’s a Western - The New York Times
Hiking in California’s gold country with John Adams, an enfant-terrible-turned-elder-statesman. His new Gold Rush opera is definitely not Puccini’s.
classicalmusic  opera  johnadams  music  california  nytimes  goldrush 
november 2017
Whatever Happened to Just Being Type A? - The New York Times
A few years ago, Gretchen Rubin, the best-selling self-help author, pivoted from the happiness racket into the habit business with her seventh book, “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.” Embedded in it was a personality typing system of her own invention she called the Four Tendencies: a homage to Freud’s “fateful tendencies.”
gretchenrubin  nytimes  selfhelp 
november 2017
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