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Why Self-Help Guru James Altucher Only Owns 15 Things

It was around 10 a.m. on a sun-drenched summer morning, and James Altucher, perhaps the world’s least likely success guru, was packing his worldly possessions, about 15 items, into a small canvas carry-on bag. “If I were to die, my kids get this bag,” Mr. Altucher said sardonically as he packed away his laptop, iPad, …

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Night Out: A Birthday Party With ‘2 Dope Queens’ and One Jon Stewart

Night Out By JACOB BERNSTEIN Last Thursday at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn — as Hillary Clinton accepted her party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention — the comedian Phoebe Robinson acknowledged the event not with a political button but a tank top that read “Dad Bod 2016.” “That’s about as political as …

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Future Tense: The Spouse in the Next Room

Future Tense By TEDDY WAYNE Megan Hustad, an author who runs an editorial consultancy in New York, had worked from home for about a decade, relishing hours of solitude that boosted productivity. Then she met and moved in with her boyfriend, now her husband, who works part time from home as a programmer for a …

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8 Olympians Who’ve Got Social Media Game

Over 11,000 athletes have spent much of their lives preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympics, which begin with tonight’s opening ceremony. Somehow, between training, competing, eating and sleeping, many of them have managed to build social media presences that reflect their sportsmanship and their personalities. Below are a few to watch as the games kick …

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Cultural Studies: Hillary Clinton’s Hand-to-Heart Gesture: How Did It Start?

When Hillary Clinton told her audience at a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday “Here’s what I believe,” she punctuated those words with not just a vocal flourish but a physical one. Up went her hand, placed over her heart. It’s a gesture unfamiliar from her past campaigns, but it’s a favorite this time around. …

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August in New York: Newcomer to the Old Ball Game

It’s not Cooperstown. But the people who come upon, or seek out, the baseball cards in a dimly lighted corridor of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art display behavior similar to the people, mostly men, you see poring over artifacts at the Baseball Hall of Fame nearly 200 miles upstate. A 1950 …

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Social Q’s: Is It O.K. to Date a Supervisor Who Isn’t My Direct Boss?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES I went to dinner with a supervisor from work, unsure what his intentions were. After dinner, he was direct: He is interested in me romantically and wants to date. He said that he had thought through the professional ramifications, and they were worth it for him. But I still have …

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Trades His T Square for a Netflix Role

A few years ago, things weren’t going so well for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Even with an architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, he found himself laid off and out of luck. Rather than look for another job in the fields of housing or public policy, where he had planned a career, he decided …

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The Bedazzling of the American Gymnast

So it begins: the flag-waving excitement, the thumb-chewing anticipation, the blinding sparkle. The Olympics. Wait … hang on. The sparkle? Indeed. Because if Simone Biles — the 19-year-old American who is often called by sport pundits the best female gymnast ever, and whose performance in Rio will be among the most-watched of these Olympics — …

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On the Runway: Calvin Klein Names Its First Chief Creative Officer

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY Calvin Klein named its first chief creative officer on Tuesday as the fashion industry’s extraordinary game of musical chairs at the top of major houses continues this season. The Belgian designer Raf Simons, formerly of Christian Dior, will take responsibility for all Calvin Klein lines, including runway, underwear and home …

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