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Philadelphia, City of Father Divine - The New York Times
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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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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
interactive
Allison and Katie Crutchfield
gender  music  rock  nytimes  women  feminism  vagabon  speedy  ortiz  indierock  sheermag  dietcig  allisoncrutchfield  katiecrutchfield 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
‘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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
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 by brendanmcfadden
Don’t Get Too Comfortable at That Desk - The New York Times
First there were individual offices. Then cubicles and open floor plans. Now, there is a “palette of places.”
design  work  offices  officedesign  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Dominican Dance Party That Refuses to Die - The New York Times
Old-school merengue is still going strong at El Deportivo,
one of the last of the great Washington Heights social clubs.
newyork  washingtonheights  socialclub  merengue  eldeportivo  domican  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Jamaican Apple Pickers of Upstate New York - The New York Times
Visiting under the H-2A program, which brings temporary agricultural labor to the U.S., Jamaicans have worked in New York orchards since World War II.
jamaica  jamaicans  applepicking  newyork  upstatenewyork  nytimes  agriculture  labor 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Deals in Code, Arrests in Raids: The Risky Stakes of Oil Middlemen - The New York Times
A go-to agent in a lucrative industry that depends on global connections speaks up about allegations that it earned millions through graft.
nytimes  oil  oilindustry  samanahsani  bribery  corruption  crime 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
42 Minutes, £2,600 Lost: The U.K.’s Growing Gambling Problem - The New York Times
Within 42 minutes, Mr. Franklin had lost £2,600, the latest relapse in a decades-long gambling addiction that he reckons has cost him more than a million pounds, his marriage, several jobs and his relationship with his three children.
gambling  uk  greatbritain  bettingterminals  addiction  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
At Florida Nursing Home, Many Calls for Help, but None That Made a Difference - The New York Times
The emergency room workers at Memorial Regional Hospital rushed the first patient to Room 9, which was devoted to the hope and practice of arresting death. They threaded fluid lines into her veins and readied a breathing tube. Even through gloves, they could feel the heat corseting the 84-year-old woman’s body.
florida  nytimes  nursinghome  health  medicine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Celeste Ng: By the Book - The New York Times
The author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.
celesteng  nytimes  interview  books  writing  literature  authors  bookreview 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Five Places to Go in Ojai, Calif. - The New York Times
Long a haven for yogis, spa-goers and anyone with vaguely spiritual inclinations — the Ojai Valley runs east-west rather than north-south, which some say creates an “electromagnetic vortex” of good energy — the city is also drawing fashion types and foodies with new shops, restaurants and cool places to hang out. Many popular spots are located along or just off Ojai Avenue, the main drag that is easily traversable by foot or bike.
ojai  california  travel  travelguide  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Jordan Klepper Wants to Be a Colbert for the Breitbart Era - The New York Times
A former correspondent for “The Daily Show” plays an incendiary fringe pundit on his new Comedy Central series, “The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper.”
comedy  nytimes  jordanklepper  theopposition  comedycentral 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Picturesque Retreat in a Tiny Town in Puglia - The New York Times
When his Rome apartment grew too small for his collections, an American curator found a historic home — and layers of lost history.
art  artcollecting  artcollection  artcollector  nytimes  tmagazine  curator  peterbensonmiller  puglia  italy  interiordesign  homes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
One of the Largest Cactus Farms in Africa - The New York Times
Twenty minutes beyond the plissé mud walls and souks of Marrakesh’s ancient medina, miles past the 1920s-era Guéliz neighborhood and its new Yves Saint Laurent museum, lies a vast no-man’s land of telephone towers and dust. Then, on a chain-link fence that seems to guard nothing, a hand-lettered sign pointing down a rocky path: ‘‘Cacti.’’
cactus  cactusfarms  africa  morocco  moroccandesert  marrakesh  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What It’s Like to Live With Art That Doesn’t Love You Back - The New York Times
At a time when art is as commodified as oil, a few collectors have chosen to buy works that are messy, perishable and threaten to take over their lives.
art  artcollection  artcollecting  artcollector  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Visionaries Behind the Memorable Worlds of Film - The New York Times
Transcendent production design isn’t just about getting surfaces right, any more than great acting is just memorizing words. It’s about translating writers’ and directors’ intentions into a crystallized universe that’s both visceral and rich with meaning, telling parts of the story that even the best actors can’t. Think of the weirdly realistic theme park design in ‘‘Jurassic Park,’’ and what its fossilized columns and thatched roofs convey about not just the character who created it but also about the human obsession with reproducing nature. That isn’t Steven Spielberg’s symbolism; it’s the invention of designer Rick Carter, who just finished his 10th movie as a production designer with the director. ‘‘Rick helps me better understand the subtext of the stories I’m telling,’’ Spielberg says. ‘‘I’ll say to him, ‘just make it look really cool,’ and he’ll say to me, ‘What if we’re the only two people who know why it’s going to come out this cool?’ ’’
tmagazine  nytimes  productiondesign  productiondesigner  film  cinema  design  designer 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Are Artists the New Interpreters of Scientific Innovation? - The New York Times
Meanwhile, in the U.S., two visionaries were also campaigning for a greater collaborative relationship between modern art and science: Gyorgy Kepes, who founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T. in 1967, and the artist Robert Rauschenberg, who, around the same time, co-founded E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) with the engineers Billy Kluver and Fred Waldhauer and artist Robert Whitman, to initiate and support collaborations between artists and scientists. (Their most publicized project was a series of installations, including a water-vapor sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya and physicist Thomas Mee, made for the dome at the 1970 world’s fair, Expo ’70, in Osaka, Japan.) Two years later, NASA invited Rauschenberg to witness the launch of Apollo 11, the first manned voyage to the moon — an experience that resulted in ‘‘Stoned Moon,’’ a remarkable series of lithographic prints.
art  technology  science  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Unique Value of Seeing Works in the Wild - The New York Times
Art Parks occupy a distinct and, one might argue, increasingly important place within the larger art world. Generally with low admission fees and located outside urban hubs, they bring sculpture to those who might otherwise lack access, or feel unwelcome in a typical museum or white-cube setting. In doing so, they not only democratize art, but challenge us to see it anew.
nytimes  tmagazine  art  artparks  installations 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Giorgio Moroder Still Feels Love at 77 - The New York Times
At a time when Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are having big pop chart successes with electronic-dance-music-inflected tracks, Mr. Moroder — best known as Donna Summer’s platonic Pygmalion, a co-writer and co-producer of her biggest 1970s hits — has become a kind of professor emeritus on the global party circuit.
music  nytimes  giorgiomoroder  disco 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Spurned by ESPN, Barstool Sports Is Staying on Offense - The New York Times
The insurgent media company has built a devoted following of what it sees as “average” sports fans: unruly, occasionally toxic and aggressively male.
sports  internet  socialmedia  barstoolsports  jaycaspiankang  nytimes  sportsmedia  media 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Uncounted - The New York Times
Late on the evening of Sept. 20, 2015, Basim Razzo sat in the study of his home on the eastern side of Mosul, his face lit up by a computer screen. His wife, Mayada, was already upstairs in bed, but Basim could lose hours clicking through car reviews on YouTube: the BMW Alpina B7, the Audi Q7. Almost every night went like this. Basim had long harbored a taste for fast rides, but around ISIS-occupied Mosul, the auto showrooms sat dark, and the family car in his garage — a 1991 BMW — had barely been used in a year. There simply was nowhere to go.
nytimes  nytimesmagazine  war  military  goverment  isis  drones  airstrikes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Fighter - The New York Times
The Marine Corps taught Sam Siatta how to shoot. The war in Afghanistan
taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.
cjchivers  samsiatta  marines  military  ptsd  criminaljustice  crime  nytimes  nytimesmag 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Love’s Road Home - The New York Times
Ashley Volk waited for Sam Siatta to return from Afghanistan. She couldn’t have seen the detours ahead. But “she kept on fighting, for him and for them.”
ashleyvolk  samsiatta  cjchivers  nytimes  relationships  love  wedding  military  crime  criminaljustice  ptsd  war 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food - The New York Times
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems.
brazil  junkfood  food  nytimes  nytimesmag  health 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Prophet of Germany’s New Right - The New York Times
From a tiny village in the country’s rural east, a leading nationalist intellectual builds a vision for the future of his movement across Europe.
germany  farright  nytimes  nytimesmag  newright  götzkubitschek 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
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