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Opinion | We Are the Original Lifehackers - The New York Times
These stories exemplify what it means to be an original lifehacker; our unique experiences and insights enable us to use what’s available to make things accessible. Yet, despite this history of creating elegant solutions for ourselves, our contributions are often overshadowed or misrepresented, favoring instead a story with a savior as its protagonist.
work  design  disability  NYT  lizjackson 
2 days ago by laurenipsum
Losing It in the Anti-Dieting Age - The New York Times
The agonies of being overweight — or running a diet company — in a culture that likes to pretend it only cares about health, not size.
weight  NYT  taffyakner  bodies  fat  fatness  dieting  dietculture  weightloss 
6 weeks ago by laurenipsum
What Is Glitter? - The New York Times
What is glitter? The simplest answer is one that will leave you slightly unsatisfied, but at least with your confidence in comprehending basic physical properties intact. Glitter is made from glitter. Big glitter begets smaller glitter; smaller glitter gets everywhere, all glitter is impossible to remove; now never ask this question again.
glitter  nyt  caityweaver  shiny 
8 weeks ago by laurenipsum
On Instagram, Seeing Between the (Gender) Lines - The New York Times
Social media has turned out to be the perfect tool for nonbinary people to find — and model — their unique places on the gender spectrum.
nyt  nonbinary  gendernonconforming  socialmedia  gender 
november 2018 by laurenipsum
It's Not Always Depression - The New York Times
One innate response to this type of environment is for the child to develop chronic shame. He interprets his distress, which is caused by his emotional aloneness, as a personal flaw. He blames himself for what he is feeling and concludes that there must be something wrong with him. This all happens unconsciously. For the child, shaming himself is less terrifying than accepting that his caregivers can’t be counted on for comfort or connection.
nyt  mentalhealth  depression 
november 2018 by laurenipsum
The Comfort in Stockpiling Dried Beans - The New York Times
I don’t fuss with souvenirs, unless you count the pounds and pounds of beans I traffic, auntie-style, rolled up in old plastic bags, concealed between the folded clothes in my suitcase. I recently came home with speckled pintos from Santa Fe, purple flor de Mayos from Mexico City and round cocos from Paris the color of baby teeth. They were all so glossy, so familiar, that I couldn’t resist them. Dried beans are among my most predictable impulse purchases, maybe because I was brought up in a family that considered them a quotidian necessity.
beans  NYT  recipes  food 
march 2018 by laurenipsum
The Boys Are Not All Right - The New York Times
I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.
michaelianblack  NYT  masculinity  masculinityissofragile  america  sexism  misogyny 
march 2018 by laurenipsum
I Used to Insist I Didn’t Get Angry. Not Anymore. - The New York Times
or years, I described myself as someone who wasn’t prone to anger. “I don’t get angry,” I said. “I get sad.” I believed this inclination was mainly about my personality — that sadness was a more natural emotion for me than anger, that I was somehow built this way. It’s easy to misunderstand the self as private, when it’s rarely private at all: It’s always a public artifact, never fixed, perpetually sculpted by social forces. In truth, I was proud to describe myself in terms of sadness rather than anger. Why? Sadness seemed more refined and also more selfless — as if you were holding the pain inside yourself, rather than making someone else deal with its blunt-force trauma.

But a few years ago, I started to get a knot in my gut at the canned cadences of my own refrain: I don’t get angry. I get sad. At the shrillest moments of our own self-declarations — I am X, I am not Y — we often hear in that tinny register another truth, lurking expectantly, and begin to realize there are things about ourselves we don’t yet know. By which I mean that at a certain point, I started to suspect I was angrier than I thought.
lesliejamison  anger  NYT 
january 2018 by laurenipsum
Opinion | Aziz, We Tried to Warn You - The New York Times
There is a reflexive tendency, when grappling with stories of sexual misconduct like the accusations leveled at Ansari this past weekend — incidents that seem to exist in that vast gray area between assault and a skewed power dynamic — to point out that sexual norms have changed. This is true. The line between seduction and coercion has shifted, and shifted quickly, over the past few years (the past few months, even). When I was in my 20s, a decade ago, sex was something of a melee. “No means no” was the only rule, and it was still solidly acceptable in mainstream social circles to bother somebody until they agreed to have sex with you. (At the movies, this was called romantic comedy.)

What’s not true is the suggestion that complex conversations about consent are new territory, or that men weren’t given ample opportunity to catch up.
lindywest  nyt  metoo  azizansari  rapeculture  consent 
january 2018 by laurenipsum
Why Is Fixing Sexism Women’s Work? - The New York Times
During the closing question-and-answer period, a young woman stood up. “I’m sorry,” she said, her voice electric with anger, “but all I’ve heard tonight are a bunch of things women can do to fight sexism. Why is that our job? We didn’t build this system. This audience should be full of men.”
lindywest  nyt  sexism  feminism  whyweneedfeminism 
january 2018 by laurenipsum
How to Build Resilience in Midlife - The New York Times
While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age, which is often the time we need it most. Midlife can bring all kinds of stressors, including divorce, the death of a parent, career setbacks and retirement worries, yet many of us don’t build the coping skills we need to meet these challenges.
nyt  middleage  resilience  stress  howtobeanadult  howtobe 
september 2017 by laurenipsum
We’re Choking on Smoke in Seattle - The New York Times
SEATTLE — The weather forecast for Seattle on Wednesday reads “89 degrees, smoke.” We first noticed the smoke, drifting down from wildfires still burning in British Columbia, around Aug. 2, just as a heat wave sent temperatures spiking well into the 90s (the historical average for that week is 77) and the ubiquitous Pacific winds dwindled to a standstill. “Nature’s air-conditioning is broken,” the National Weather Service told the Seattle Times.
seattle  weather  climate  fire  lindywest  climatechange  nyt 
august 2017 by laurenipsum
Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich - The New York Times
Beneath a veneer of classlessness, the American class reproduction machine operates with ruthless efficiency. In particular, the upper middle class is solidifying. This favored fifth at the top of the income distribution, with an average annual household income of $200,000, has been separating from the 80 percent below. Collectively, this top fifth has seen a $4 trillion-plus increase in pretax income since 1979, compared to just over $3 trillion for everyone else. Some of those gains went to the top 1 percent. But most went to the 19 percent just beneath them.
america  class  poverty  capitalism  NYT  rich  eattherich  education 
july 2017 by laurenipsum
On Campus, Failure Is on the Syllabus - The New York Times
The presentation is part of a new initiative at Smith, “Failing Well,” that aims to “destigmatize failure.” With workshops on impostor syndrome, discussions on perfectionism, as well as a campaign to remind students that 64 percent of their peers will get (gasp) a B-minus or lower, the program is part of a campuswide effort to foster student “resilience,” to use a buzzword of the moment.
highered  college  failure  howtobeahuman  smith  NYT 
june 2017 by laurenipsum
The Telltale Data That Can Identify College Students at Risk - The New York Times
For students at greatest risk of dropping out — largely low income students and those whose parents did not attend college — some of the problems begin before they even walk on campus. Some schools found that students were overwhelmed by the ways schools communicated with incoming freshmen, often peppering them with emails and instructions they struggled to manage.
highered  college  NYT  firstgenstudents  work  data  bigdata 
june 2017 by laurenipsum
Where to Turn to When You’re First in the Family to Go to College - The New York Times
First-generation students mostly come from low- to middle-income families, are disproportionally Hispanic and African-American and have little, if any, information about their higher education options. As a result, they often have misconceptions and anxiety about attending college.

College counselors can help these students deal with the complexity of the college preparation and application process. Yet few public high schools serving significant numbers of low-income and first-generation students have anywhere near enough counselors.

According to the 2015 State of College Admissions report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, counselors at public high schools are, on average, each responsible for 436 students, and those counselors spend only 22 percent of their time on pre-college counseling.
NYT  highered  firstgenstudents  college  work 
june 2017 by laurenipsum
The Rational Choices of Crack Addicts - The New York Times
“Eighty to 90 percent of people are not negatively affected by drugs, but in the scientific literature nearly 100 percent of the reports are negative,” Dr. Hart said. “There’s a skewed focus on pathology. We scientists know that we get more money if we keep telling Congress that we’re solving this terrible problem. We’ve played a less than honorable role in the war on drugs.”
science  addiction  nyt 
june 2017 by laurenipsum
Food, Sex and Silence - The New York Times
James Beard was large. His obituaries told you so. “Portly” was how The Associated Press put it. The Los Angeles Times said that he was nearly 300 pounds at his apogee, though The New York Times clarified that a diet at one point “divested him of some of his heft.”
jamesbeard  frankbruni  NYT  queer  erasure 
june 2017 by laurenipsum
Jeong Kwan, the Philosopher Chef - The New York Times
The most exquisite food in the world, say many celebrated chefs,
is being made not in Copenhagen or New York, but in a remote
temple complex south of Seoul by a 59-year-old Buddhist nun.
cooking  chefs  food  korea  nyt 
march 2017 by laurenipsum
The New Essentials of French Cooking - NYT Cooking
From a simple omelet to stunning soufflés,
The New York Times presents the definitive French dishes that every modern cook should master.
The New Essentials
Immerse yourself in the world of French cooking, with new recipes, techniques and flavors to start exploring in the kitchen.
cooking  recipes  french  nyt 
february 2017 by laurenipsum
An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State - The New York Times
Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.
nyt  trump  mentalhealth  narcissism  armchairdiagnosing  reference  toast 
february 2017 by laurenipsum
25 Great Books by Refugees in America - The New York Times
One way to regard the refugees in the news these frenzied past few days is as potential Americans, individuals and families escaping bad situations who imagine themselves building new lives here. What these particular refugees could become in this country, and how they could contribute to our society and culture, is a question stuck in suspended animation. But we do have the power to look to the past. And in the literary realm it’s unquestionable that refugees, once here, often make major contributions.

Through the 20th century and into this one, those fleeing political persecution or war have produced important works that we think of now as at least partly American, from fiction about the harrowing experiences of exile and dislocation to political treatises by thinkers who want to understand why their homelands fell apart. This is a sampling of 25 of those works.
booklists  toread  immigrants  NYT 
january 2017 by laurenipsum
We the People Aren’t Sure Who ‘We’ Even Are - The New York Times
Who are we? This seems like a good time to ask. How did things get here? How did the country reach this place?

You can hear the disbelief in the voice of anyone asking some version of these questions. But disbelief tends to be emotionally counterproductive. You can’t do much with it. I, at least, actually can believe that half the country was scared enough to vote for a candidate who more or less promised to keep the other half scared of him. They’re worried about who we are, too, and insisting on one answer. But really, who are we? We’re this: the oppressed and their oppressors, the afraid and the feared, hope and dread, change and deadlock, all fooled forever by delusions of our even being a single “we.”

That delusion is elemental to our nationhood. “We the people of the United States” — so begins the Constitution’s preamble. The Declaration of Independence asserts that “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” “We” is a big-tent pronoun. It welcomes. It represents. It mobilizes. It includes. But inclusion gets tricky fast. For ages it was more like, “We the people —eh, some of them.” A lot of those people have been merely notional. The Constitution granted partial humanity to slaves, making them three-fifths a person only to advantage Southern lawmakers’ representational head count. It called women people but entrusted their personhood to men.
toread  nyt  race  america  identity 
december 2016 by laurenipsum
On Not Eating the Batter - Bitten Blog - NYTimes.com
A simple, delicious-sounding cake (recipe from Alice Waters).
nyt  cake  baking  recipes  bittman 
may 2009 by laurenipsum
Recipe - Maya Citrus Salsa (Xec) With Red Snapper - NYTimes.com
A spicy citrusy salsa that goes well on fish and apparently lots of other things.
salsa  spicy  peppers  citrus  fish  recipes  bittman  NYT 
april 2009 by laurenipsum
Recipe - Super-Simple Sorbet - NYTimes.com
Bittman's simple sorbet, with yogurt and frozen fruit.
bittman  NYT  recipes  sorbet  ice-cream 
december 2008 by laurenipsum
The Return of the Root Cellar - NYTimes.com
Root cellars in the New York Times. At least it's not in the Style section.
root-cellars  NYT 
november 2008 by laurenipsum
Recipe - Fast No-Knead Whole Wheat Bread - NYTimes.com
More Bittman time-savers on no-knead bread -- this time, whole wheat.
bread  baking  recipes  bittman  NYT  no-knead 
october 2008 by laurenipsum
Recipe: Cocido - New York Times
NYT one-pot recipe for cocido, a Spanish stew
recipes  stew  spanish  NYT  one-pot 
february 2008 by laurenipsum
Food - Cooking and Cookbooks - Recipes - Meat - Duck - New York Times
Beef stroganoff made with chuck instead of steak, and yogurt instead of sour cream.
recipes  beef  NYT  sauce 
february 2008 by laurenipsum
Recipe: Hot Pot - New York Times
MB's recipe for Japanese-style hot pot -- cook things at the table in the hot water, eat immediately, drink the broth afterwards.
nyt  bittman  soup  do-want  recipes 
november 2007 by laurenipsum
Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less - New York Times
101 simple recipes -- not all are truly 10 min or less, but most look pretty easy and delicious.
recipes  markbittman  NYT  easy  tomake 
august 2007 by laurenipsum
The Arsenal - New York Times
Cornmeal pancakes with caramel butter sauce and apple compote.
recipes  NYT  tomake  breakfast  pancakes  apples  sauce 
december 2006 by laurenipsum

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