She Explains ‘Mansplaining’ With Help From 17th-Century Art

This story begins, as so many do these days, on Twitter. Last May, Nicole Tersigni, a Detroit-based writer, logged onto the social media platform at the end of a long day. She was tired and frazzled from looking after her 8-year-old daughter, who was home sick at the time. “So I go online just to kind of scroll through Twitter …

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, Who Made the Talmud More Accessible, Dies at 83

Surprisingly, Rabbi Steinsaltz was raised in a secular household and was drawn to observant Judaism only as a teenager, when he studied with a Lubavitch rabbi. “By nature I am a skeptical person,” he said in an interview with The Times a decade ago, “and people with a lot of skepticism start to question atheism.” He was born on July …

‘Godspell’ Review: Musical Theater Rises From the Dead

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — And it came about that the faith of the devoted was sorely tested during the months of famine, and there was a great hunger to believe again. Thus on a hazy night in August, several score of them gathered, with their lower faces hidden as the times demanded, in a parking lot in a small city in …

Rick Gates, Ex-Trump Aide and Mueller Witness, Is Publishing a Memoir

News of Mr. Gates’s book was reported earlier by Business Insider. “Wicked Game” will be published this fall.Credit…Simon & Schuster Other books from former Trump aides and associates are in the pipeline, including a memoir from Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, who is serving a three-year prison sentence for campaign finance violations and other crimes that were part …

Turn Your Newspaper Into a Basket

Months into the pandemic, you’ve most likely spent more time decluttering — and assessing the amount of joy sparked by forgotten discoveries — than you’d ever expected. Now you’re on to organizing, and baskets are a great way to collect all of those little things floating around your home. You can transform your newspaper into a receptacle to keep things …

Gods, Monsters and H.P. Lovecraft’s Uncanny Legacy

The basic idea: Humans are an irrelevancy within the greater universe, a cosmos governed by forces so alien and terrifying that our tiny minds cannot encompass or bear their knowledge. Most characters who glimpse it promptly go insane. Cosmicism’s big bad is Cthulhu, a winged, octopus-like ancient god. But Cthulhu and his associates aren’t so much evil as indifferent to …

Summertime in the (Partly Reopened) City

For about four months, as the pandemic bore down on New York City, an island had been left practically deserted in New York Harbor. In a typical year, as spring turns into summer, Governors Island becomes packed with picnickers and families on bicycles; tour groups weave through the island’s intricate paths and lines of sun-kissed couples form for the next …

Tourist Posing With 200-Year-Old Sculpture Breaks Her Toes

The Austrian tourist who got a bit too close to Napoleon’s younger sister has apologized. But there still may be consequences. The tourist, on a trip to celebrate his 50th birthday, was visiting an art museum in northern Italy last week when he posed with the statue of a reclining Pauline Bonaparte. Her husband had commissioned the seminude sculpture by …

New York’s Sidewalk Prophets Are Heirs of the Lascaux Cave Artisans

About 17,000 years ago, in the caves of Lascaux, France, ancestors drew on grotto walls, depicting equines, stags, bison, aurochs and felines. They wanted to convey to other humans a political reality crucial to their survival: They shared their environment with other beings that looked and behaved differently from them. Those early artisans drew these creatures over and over, likely …

Kathleen Duey, a Mentoring Children’s Book Author, Dies at 69

“It was not ephemera,” Ms. Krieger said. “Her writing meant everything to her.” Kathleen Elaine Peery was born on Oct. 8, 1950, in Sayre, Okla., to William Ralph Peery, a geologist, and Mary Eileen (Finlay) Peery, a homemaker. The family relocated to Fort Collins, Col., where Ms. Duey graduated from Fort Collins High School. She attended the University of Colorado …