Berfrois

With the Seine as its mirror and protector…

With the Seine as its mirror and protector…

The site has been holy since antiquity, perhaps explaining why Notre Dame feels spiritual, even for nonbelievers. A Druid shrine and then a pagan temple dedicated to Jupiter, the chief of the Roman gods, are believed to have stood on this spot...

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Journalism Planet

Journalism Planet

Is the title limited to hard-news reporters? Are bloggers journalists? Are producers at media corporations and TV programs journalists?

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Coding Children

Coding Children

A striking example is the distinction that one family made between using digital technology as a producer/creator and using it merely as a consumer; the parents sought to ensure that their children fall into the first group, with the aim of one day becoming a leader in the new...

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Asked for French Toast

Asked for French Toast

My father, Seymour Robbins, “Sim,” grew up in his parents’ Jewish deli in Stamford, Connecticut. They cooked all their own meats; corned beef, pastrami, and tongue, and all the side dishes; kugels, knishes, and salads...

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #6

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #6

In the current climate of #BlackLivesMatter and the Coronavirus, how to write about bread? Interviewed, on Thursday June 9th, Angela Davis said...

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Watching Mister Rogers by Eileen Hunt Botting

Watching Mister Rogers by Eileen Hunt Botting

Mister Rogers typically kept his distance, but when he did break quarantine he would strike against racism and other prejudice...

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #5

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #5

When I was a teenager, my friend Maude would bake Chelsea buns: swirls of sweet dough, studded with jet-back currants, dressed up in melted butter...

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Be the Only

Be the Only

It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ‘uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice...

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Artificial Wives

Artificial Wives

Five summers ago, I was invited to visit an eccentric acquaintance on a picturesque island off the East Coast. The island was divided into two parts: the shingled, sea-beaten summer homes of the inherited wealthy...

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Euroverk

Euroverk

After the death of Florian Schneider-Esleben was announced on Wednesday, one of the most shared video clips on social media...

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That Wonderful Softcore Series

That Wonderful Softcore Series

Until our current quarantine began, the last time I had intentionally watched a TV show was when TV sets had knobs, and TV signals came down into them...

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Scherezade Siobhan on Irrfan Khan

Scherezade Siobhan on Irrfan Khan

When people like Irrfan depart, the loss feels personal because within the weave of their stories, a part of our unlivable, untethered, ‘un-salvage-able’ is ennobled and uplifted.

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #4

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #4

The first time I made these biscuits was on a hot Spanish August afternoon, with Aunt Merielle, a tall, red-headed, half-Catalan, tomato grower...

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So, So, So Scandalous

So, So, So Scandalous

You don’t always—or often—get to hear the whole story in a courtroom. The law is like pouring batter into a mold. The mold is the law but not necessarily the truth.

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‘You might be better off just talking on the phone’

‘You might be better off just talking on the phone’

Last month, global downloads of the apps Zoom, Houseparty and Skype increased more than 100 percent as video conferencing and chats replaced the face-to-face encounters we are all so sorely missing.

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Remember to Eat

Remember to Eat

Remember restaurants? I do, but dimly: candlelight, cloth napkins, a basket of warm bread. Food delivered in courses

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Screening Screen Screentime

Screening Screen Screentime

Up until COVID-19 changed everything, I’d been pretty strict in regards to screen time for my sons. They earned video game time...

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Dear Lockdown Diary

Dear Lockdown Diary

A diary can serve as a stimulant to feeling. It can remind the author, whether she is writing from prison or the warfront or a sickbed or—blessedly—from the safety and comfort of her own home, that she is alive.

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Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #3

Susanna Crossman: Riding the Baking Edge #3

This is the third in a weekly baking series dedicated to Leonora Carrington. This recipe fell into my hands on a day I don’t remember...

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Browsing On Your Own

Browsing On Your Own

Solitude has become a topic of fascination in modern Western societies because we believe it is a lost art – often craved, yet so seldom found...

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The Heyday of Epic Phoning

The Heyday of Epic Phoning

One of my favorite sentences in twentieth-century fiction is the one that goes: “She was a girl who for a ringing phone would drop exactly nothing.” It’s from J.D. Salinger’s short story...

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