The 12.19.21 Issue


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    CreditJim Huylebroek for The New York Times

    Inside the Fall of Kabul

    Against all predictions, the Taliban took the Afghan capital in a matter of hours. This is the story of why and what came after, by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all.


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    CreditArtwork by Amy Friend

    What if There’s No Such Thing as Closure?

    Many of us are taught that if we work hard enough we’ll be able to get over our losses. The social scientist Pauline Boss sees it differently.


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    CreditRafael Pavarotti for The New York Times

    Pedro Almodóvar Is Still Making Movies That Shock

    He built his reputation with raunchy farces. But in his new film, “Parallel Mothers,” the 72-year-old dredges up his country’s most painful history.


  1. Letter of Recommendation

    CreditPhotograph by Olivia Locher

    Why My Family Loves Giving Leftover Junk

    If you’re looking for an antidote to the most expensive time of year, consider giving them the gift of laughter with a “rewrap.”


  2. Eat

    CreditLinda Xiao for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Sophia Pappas.

    What Stone Soup Means to a Seasoned Chef

    For Gabrielle Hamilton’s final Eat column, she considers what it takes to feed a village.


  1. Tip

    CreditIllustration by Radio

    How to Hang a Gallery Wall

    Start at the bottom, in the center, and work up and out. Don’t center the biggest piece of art.


  2. Poem

    CreditIllustration by R. O. Blechman

    Poem: Musée des Beaux Arts

    W. H. Auden’s masterpiece.

     By W. H. Auden and

  3. Judge John Hodgman

    CreditIllustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

    Judge John Hodgman on Men and Maiden Names

    A husband took his wife’s maiden name as his middle name — but did she uphold her part of the bargain?