They Get Paid to Have a Catalog-Perfect Summer

One morning last month, the ferry from Hyannis, Mass., to Nantucket Island carried sun-hatted tourists, seasonal laborers and two young blond British women who were three weeks into what was quite possibly the best summer of their lives. Fee Meynell and Ella Crockett plopped their bags down for the one-and-a-half-hour ride. Ms. Meynell, 23, was …

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Modern Love: A Single Mom Escapes the Friend Zone, One Non-Date at a Time

Modern Love By SHARON HARRIGAN The nicest thing I own is the first thing you see when you walk into my house: a red handmade rug bought in Tehran, haggled over in Farsi and delivered, in person, to the Brooklyn apartment of the man who would become my husband. Back then, James told me the …

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Africa Takes Its Turn on the Runway

It was a fashion show that stopped traffic. On one of the largest cable bridges in southern Africa, hundreds of the fashion elite had gathered around midnight to watch David Tlale’s highly anticipated fall 2011 show. To commemorate the occasion, Mr. Tlale shut down the Nelson Mandela Bridge, turning the busy roadway into a runway. …

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Modern Love: The Modern Love Podcast: Tituss Burgess Reads ‘A Prince Charming for the Prom (Not Ever After, Though)’

Modern Love By THE NEW YORK TIMES In this episode of Modern Love: The Podcast, the actor Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock”) reads the essay “A Prince Charming for the Prom (Not Ever After, Though),” about a gay student who forgoes the prom of his dreams to help his female friends realize theirs. …

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Their Hair Fell Out. Should the F.D.A. Have the Power to Act?

WASHINGTON — When the Los Angeles hairstylist Chaz Dean pitched his almond mint and lavender-scented hair care products — endorsed by celebrities like Brooke Shields and Alyssa Milano — he sold millions. But his formula got an unexpected result: itching, rashes, even hair loss in large clumps, in both adults and children. More than 21,000 …

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Q: Why Do Gay Men Love the Olympics? A: Isn’t It Obvious?

RIO DE JANEIRO — Since before the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Outsports.com has been covering gay issues in sports. The site is filled largely with coming-out stories, news analysis and slide shows of good-looking athletes. And every two years, during the Winter and Summer Olympics, its audience traffic rises to new heights, quantifiable evidence …

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