The People Who Miss Our Kids

I’ve been seeing a lot of my son’s teacher lately. Not in person, of course — the lockdown means he hasn’t been to school in months. But I see her every day in the class meeting, skillfully wrangling a gang of first graders over Zoom, and it’s been a fascinating …

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Everything You Need to Know About Slow Internet Speeds

Restricted to our homes for months now, many of us have been putting up with a persistent annoyance: a lousy internet connection. When we are working, a video call with colleagues becomes pixelated, with delayed audio. When we are relaxing, movies and video games take ages to download. In the …

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12 Great TV Series by Film Directors

With studios getting more squeamish about bankrolling non-franchise movies, and the streaming wars opening up new avenues for more adventurous, niche-driven television, big-name film directors have not only flooded to television they have also survived the transition with their sensibilities intact. In just the past two weeks, Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash” …

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week

I spent a lot of hours in the town library as a kid — my mother volunteered there, before she earned her graduate degree and became a school librarian a few towns over — and one result of all that happy browsing is that I developed a taste for the …

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Putting the Risk of Covid-19 in Perspective

How dangerous is it to live in New York City during this pandemic? How much safer is it in other places? Is the risk of dying from Covid-19 comparable to driving to work every day, skydiving or being a soldier in a war? We are awash in statistics about Covid-19: …

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You’re Getting Used to Masks. Will You Wear a Face Shield?

The debate over whether Americans should wear face masks to control coronavirus transmission has been settled. Governments and businesses now require or at least recommend them in many public settings. But as parts of the country reopen, some doctors want you to consider another layer of personal protective equipment in …

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Aston Martin’s James Bond Car Comes to Life

James Bond is lonely. It’s just 007 and his gadget-laden 1965 Aston Martin DB5 these days. He hasn’t had any company since his last passenger was ejected. His car phone can’t call anyone; for one thing, its inventor didn’t remember to include a dial. His radar-mapping system is frozen on …

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