10.17.21 — The Culture Issue

Highlights

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    CreditArtwork by Bisa Butler

    The Passion of Questlove

    The drummer, D.J. and producer is everywhere and loved by everyone. But few understand what drives him: an obsession with spreading the joys of Black music.

    By

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    Mickalene Thomas in a self-portrait.
    CreditMickalene Thomas for The New York Times

    Mickalene Thomas Is Reinventing Nudes

    The artist’s approach to the Black female form is rich with pleasure, but also looks beyond it.

    By

  1. Screenland

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    CreditPhoto illustration by Mark Harris

    Do the Memes Help the Movies?

    The internet is offering strange new ways for scenes from movies to become iconic.

    By

  2. Letter of Recommendation

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    CreditPeter Holzhauer for The New York Times

    The Park Bench Is an Endangered Species

    In a world that wants you to pay for everything, public seating is becoming a luxury.

    By

  3. Eat

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    CreditRyan Liebe for The New York Times. Food stylist: Sue Li. Prop stylist: Nicole Louie.

    The Perfect Dinner for Two

    Cooking for someone else can be the purest form of connection.

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  1. Poem

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    CreditIllustration by R.O. Blechman

    Poem: [I hope when it happens]

    Diane Seuss’s work is a reminder of how a good line stays with you like some love.

    By Diane Seuss and

  2. Tip

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    CreditIllustration by Radio

    How to Play Drunk

    It’s one of the hardest feats of performance. Find the right balance between subtlety and audience expectations.

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  3. Judge John Hodgman

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    CreditIllustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

    Judge John Hodgman on Childhood Allergies

    Is a husband’s memory of pineapple-induced rashes a real health concern or a dad-joke mind game?

    By