From Clocks

Face in the Crowd: The Wonderfully Sleazy 1970s Fashion of Ben Cobb

Face in the Crowd By STEVEN KURUTZ Wherever men’s fashion goes, Ben Cobb is there. This summer, in London, Milan, Paris and New York, there he was, seated in the front row at almost every runway show. And when he’s on the street outside the venues, the street-style photographers can’t resist taking his picture. He …

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Cultural Studies: Bespoke This, Bespoke That. Enough Already.

Last summer, the director Paul Riccio made a satirical video short about a groundbreaking new product referred to as bespoke water. It featured a pair of bearded Brooklyn hipsters, the Timmy Brothers, who, in righteous tones, announced that “corporate water is soulless. Our water” — sourced from places like Lake Pontchartrain and the East River …

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Ivo Pitanguy, Plastic Surgeon to the Stars and a Celebrity Himself, Dies at 93

Dr. Ivo Pitanguy, a pioneering Brazilian plastic surgeon who performed face lifts, tummy tucks and other procedures on the rich, famous and royal, becoming rich, famous and celebrated in his own right, died on Saturday at his home in Rio de Janeiro. He was 93. He had been suffering for some time from kidney problems …

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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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