From Clocks

Scene Stealers: Meet the New Owner of the Playboy Mansion

Scene Stealers By BROOKS BARNES LOS ANGELES — Last month, when the 32-year-old co-owner of Hostess Brands plunked down $100 million for the Playboy Mansion, the snickering was instant: Hugh Hefner’s pleasure palace had sold to the maker of snack cakes like Twinkies and Ho Hos. The buyer, J. Daren Metropoulos, heir to a fortune …

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Modern Love: Words With (I Wish We Were More Than) Friends

Modern Love By JUSTIN RACE Her OkCupid profile mentioned that she was really good at Scrabble, so I sent her a message challenging her to a game of Words With Friends. “Loser buys the winner coffee,” I wrote. “You game?” She accepted but told me coffee wasn’t possible; she was in China for the school …

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Trump and ‘Doonesbury’: The Comic Gift That Keeps On Giving

Sometimes, it seems, you can judge a book by its cover. And so it should be no surprise that “Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump,” a recently published book by Garry Trudeau that collects Donald J. Trump-themed newspaper strips (and shows a glaringly stern Mr. Trump, his hair emanating an orange glow, on the …

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Kid Models (and Their Moms) Trade Summer Fun for City Auditions

Five children, in brightly colored T-shirts and wrinkled jean shorts, chattered in an eighth-floor office in Manhattan on a recent June day, taking breaks to lick ice pops and play with Spider-Man dolls. It looked like an all-American play date, the type you may see depicted in a magazine. And that’s exactly the point. It’s …

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Unbuttoned: Hillary Clinton and Theresa May Herald a New Age in Power Dressing

Unbuttoned By VANESSA FRIEDMAN When Hillary Clinton takes the stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday to formally accept the nomination as the Democratic candidate for president of the United States, she will make history and automatically become a role model for women in a way that goes beyond all of her …

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On the Runway: Michelle Obama’s Dress May Have Looked Simple, but It Spoke Volumes

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY The first night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday was, rightly, not about the clothes: It was about trying to unify the party, rise above the opponent and so on, as many of my colleagues have described. Which is not to say it lacked a fashion statement or two. …

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Following the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Or at Least Trying.

MAPINGGUAN VILLAGE, China — Liu Xing Ma was sitting in his timber-frame home here when two hikers with scraggly beards appeared in his courtyard. That was me and my French trekking guide, Jean-Yves Tollu. We were several hours into a two-and-a-half-day, 30-mile walk through the foothills that encircle Shaxi, an ancient trading town in the …

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Following the Ancient Tea-Horse Road. Or at Least Trying.

MAPINGGUAN VILLAGE, China — Liu Xing Ma was sitting in his timber-frame home here when two hikers with scraggly beards appeared in his courtyard. That was me and my French trekking guide, Jean-Yves Tollu. We were several hours into a two-and-a-half-day, 30-mile walk through the foothills that encircle Shaxi, an ancient trading town in the …

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The Unlikely Comeback of the ‘Pill-Popping Dermatologist’

July 9, 2014 dawned hot, dry and cloudless, the New York sidewalks shimmering in the heat. Dr. Cheryl Karcher, a frequent dermatology expert on CNN and shows like “The Doctors,” had no television appearances scheduled that day, but, as always, was camera-ready in her olive green Theory pants and crisp cream blouse. She said her …

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