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How a Mechanical Songbird Takes Flight

How a Mechanical Songbird Takes Flight

These days, most special effects are created on computers. But in the 18th and 19th centuries, the automaton — an…
In Mexico, a House That Returns to the Well

In Mexico, a House That Returns to the Well

This article is part of our Design special section about water as a source of creativity. Years of abnormally low…
The C.E.O.s Who Just Won’t Quit

The C.E.O.s Who Just Won’t Quit

In September 2013, in a darkened auditorium, Microsoft’s chief executive, Steve Ballmer, faced a roaring crowd of his employees. “You…
Why Did Camille Charrière Pick a Fight With Kim Kardashian?

Why Did Camille Charrière Pick a Fight With Kim Kardashian?

A fashion influencer stirred things up — not necessarily in a good way — by comparing her work to a…
We’re Together. Just Not in Pictures.

We’re Together. Just Not in Pictures.

A buzzy couple’s separate arrivals on the Met Gala red carpet offer a reminder of the value of a solo…
George Takei Keeps Faith With Democracy

George Takei Keeps Faith With Democracy

The Unstoppables is a series about people whose ambition is undimmed by time. Below, George Takei explains, in his own…
A Star Is Born. She Looks a Bit Like Amy Winehouse.

A Star Is Born. She Looks a Bit Like Amy Winehouse.

On the third floor of the Edition hotel in West Hollywood, three chairs were pushed against a wall in a…
Should I Push My Husband to Ask for More of His Mother’s Estate?

Should I Push My Husband to Ask for More of His Mother’s Estate?

When a woman tries to remedy a relative’s unequal generosity to her children using her own estate, her daughter-in-law wonders…
How Much Money Did This Year’s Met Gala Raise?

How Much Money Did This Year’s Met Gala Raise?

Ticket prices to the event have sharply risen, making it a fund-raising bonanza for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume…
A Serene Oasis for Making Music

A Serene Oasis for Making Music

This article is part of our Design special section about water as a source of creativity. The first things you…
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