Opinion | The Pandemic Book Club

We have never needed books more than we need them now, and book people are working to get them to us. Authors have moved their book tours online, trying to reach readers through podcasts and virtual-meeting platforms. But for independent bookstores, none of these efforts will matter if readers don’t …

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These Days, Even a Michelin Star Chef Has to Sell Takeout

For nearly three years, the chef T.J. Steele refused to offer delivery at Claro, his Michelin star restaurant in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. He ignored the constant entreaties from online delivery companies like Grubhub and DoorDash, which were sometimes sent to his personal email address. Creating a delivery operation would …

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Paul Theroux Recalls A Fear-Filled Lockdown

In this season of infection, the stock market little more than a twitching corpse, in an atmosphere of alarm and despondency, I am reminded of the enlightenments of the strict curfew Uganda endured in 1966. It was, for all its miseries, an episode of life lessons, as well as monotonous …

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Early van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum

BERLIN — A Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen overnight from a small museum in Laren in the Netherlands, just 20 miles southeast of Amsterdam, on what would have been the artist’s 167th birthday. “I feel enormous anger and sadness,” Jan Rudolph de Lorm, the museum’s director, said in a …

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