Monty Python comedian Terry Jones has died, aged 77

British comedian Terry Jones, well-known for his role in Monty Python, has died, aged 77. Jones had suffered a long battle with dementia, which become so severe nearly a year ago that it left him without speech, according to former co-star Terry Gilliam. Gilliam is one of the four surviving …

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Americans on a Financial ‘Tightrope’

Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music | How to Listen In “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope,” the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and the journalist Sheryl WuDunn, who is also Kristof’s wife, offer a litany of individual stories from across the country that cut across race, ethnicity and geography …

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English’s Pronoun Problem Is Centuries’ Old

WHAT’S YOUR PRONOUN? Beyond He & SheBy Dennis Baron “Pronouns are suddenly sexy,” Dennis Baron declares at the start of “What’s Your Pronoun?” For “pronouns,” read one specific pronoun, or rather its long-lamented absence in English: the third-person singular gender-neutral pronoun. And for “sexy,” read thorny. Pronouns now come up …

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Should I Tell My Aunt That Her Costume Is Racist?

The point is that “cultural appropriation,” as a diagnosis, is decidedly unhelpful. The metaphor suggests that a person of one culture is taking something that belongs to people of another culture, and effectively endorses the imperial regime of intellectual property, one founded not in moral considerations but in economic ones. …

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If Women Ruled the World, What Would They Wear?

PARIS — A few decades ago, around the time she unveiled her breakthrough work “The Dinner Party” and formulated her animating question “What if Women Ruled the World?,” the artist Judy Chicago made a maquette of an enormous sculpture she wanted to build. Entitled “The Female Divine,” it would be …

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A Bollywood Star Takes on a Global Stigma

Deepika Padukone, one of the highest-paid and best-known actresses in Bollywood, can afford to choose her roles carefully and with purpose. With her newest film — the first she has produced — she chose to make a statement about acid attacks in India. “Chhapaak,” which was released on Jan. 10 …

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