He Once Trafficked in Rare Birds. Now, He Tells How It’s Done.

After a chance encounter in Brazil, Johann Zillinger became one of the world’s most prolific wildlife smugglers. Three decades and two prison stints later, he says he has gone straight.

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It’s 2020, So of Course Mike Tyson Is Boxing Again

The return offers started coming when videos of Tyson sparring at age 54 gained steam online. They landed on a bout with Roy Jones Jr., another champion from long ago.

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Claudia Rankine Wishes More Writers Thought About Whiteness

“Racist ideas continue to shape our consciousness.”

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #rankine-claudia, #writing-and-writers

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Can the Mainstream Catch Up to Rico Nasty?

The 23-year-old Maryland rapper has built a cult following with her mixtapes of playful but bruising scream-rap. Now she’s releasing her major-label debut.

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‘Zappa’ Review: Portrait of a Rock Star and a Nation’s Hero

The documentary, directed by Alex Winter, portrays the musician and composer Frank Zappa as a sort of noble.

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #winter-alex, #zappa-frank

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The Heir to the Manning Quarterback Legacy Isn’t on TikTok

Arch Manning, 16, nephew of Peyton and Eli, has a protective family to steer him from the perils of fame and expectation. And a grandfather, Archie, who texts him reminders to “have fun.”

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The Pandemic Work Diary of a Podcasting Tech Editor

Nilay Patel and The Verge are still reviewing gadgets and covering an industry, but with cameos from a Halloween-loving 2-year-old.

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In a Holiday Lesbian Rom-Com, Kristen Stewart Saw Herself

The actress stars opposite Mackenzie Davis for a bit of Christmas comfort, with a queer twist, from director Clea DuVall and her “Veep” pal Mary Holland.

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At New York’s Nadir, Dinkins Gave the City the ‘Freedom to Imagine’

An assessment of the former mayor, who died on Monday, reveals how he nourished innovation and laid founding stones for a modern city.

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Yellen Would Assume Vast Policy Portfolio as Treasury Secretary

From trade and sanctions to tax policy and financial regulation, the former Fed chair will be at the center of the new administration’s agenda.

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5 Ways That David Dinkins Shaped New York City

The former mayor was remembered as a mentor who inspired Black leaders to run for office and began to bring down the crime rate.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #dinkins-david-n, #mayors, #new-york-city

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Debbie Allen’s Technique? It’s All About Tough Love

The documentary “Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker” shines a spotlight on Ms. Allen and her academy as it prepares for the holiday classic.

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone on ‘Superintelligence’ and Living Comedy

The couple find themselves collaborating at the dinner table or over breakfast on projects like their new HBO Max movie.

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A ‘Party Palace’ Fit for a ‘Radiolab’ Host and a Filmmaker

The 19th-century Brooklyn brownstone where Jad Abumrad, Karla Murthy and their sons live has been through two renovations and lots of redecorating.

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Laura Benanti Says Goodbye to Melania and Watches ‘Ted Lasso’

The actress may be nearing the end as Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” but she has plenty of other projects and passions to keep her busy.

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In the Wake of Ferguson, a Style-Blurring Album

Protests over police brutality inspired the composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. to write “The Grey Land,” a mono-opera.

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The Sunday Read: ‘Man to Man’

Wil S. Hylton’s cousin was his hero. Until the day that cousin tried to kill him.

#content-type-personal-profile, #hylton-wil-s, #men-and-boys

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52 Years Later, IBM Apologizes for Firing Transgender Woman

Lynn Conway was one of the company’s most promising young computer engineers but after confiding to supervisors that she was transgender, they fired her.

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A Holocaust Survivor Lifts Neighbors in Dark Times

Simon Gronowski escaped the Nazis as a child and went on to write and speak widely about his experiences. In April, he began brightening lives by playing jazz tunes from his apartment window.

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With ‘Sylvie’s Love,’ Eugene Ashe Returns With a Big Hollywood Romance

For his second feature, Ashe, the writer and director of the Amazon film, was influenced by the photographer Gordon Parks and the singer Nancy Wilson.

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Kiernan Shipka Is Relaxing with Tony Soprano and a Margarita

The actress, who stars in Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” shared her essentials ahead of the show’s final season.

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Nina Chanel Abney Imagines a Queer Black Utopia

The artist’s new body of work depicts life outside of the city, in a rural idyll free of the white gaze.

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Now More Than Ever, Brandon Stanton Makes People Feel Less Alone

The creator of Humans of New York went global in his new best seller. Now that we have to stay local, his perspective is more galvanizing than ever.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #humans-book, #humans-of-new-york, #photography, #stanton-brandon

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How the Owner of a Coffee Shop With a Community Fridge Spends Sundays

Zenat Begum is into self-care, which includes burning incense, setting intentions and binge-watching ‘Girlfriends.’

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Letitia Wright Plays a Real-Life Black Panther

The actress takes on the role of the British activist Altheia Jones-LeCointe in Steve McQueen’s series for Amazon. The experience has proved to be an education.

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How a Third-Generation Turkey Farmer Got a Leg Up From the Pandemic

After 81 years — and in the midst of a pandemic — Hemlock Hill Farm in New York is finally hitting its stride.

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‘Belushi’ Finds the Sensitive Man Inside the Wild Persona

The new Showtime documentary aims to present a more complex view of John Belushi, the tragically fated star of “Animal House,” “The Blues Brothers” and “S.N.L.,” beyond the stunts and hard partying.

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What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?

Prof. Loretta J. Ross is combating cancel culture with a popular class at Smith College.

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Derek Fordjour, From Anguish to Transcendence

Woven into his new work at Petzel Gallery are lessons drawn from his own journey to art stardom, and from a year of Black grief.

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A Newcomer to Watch at the Latin Grammys: Nathy Peluso

A nominee for best new artist, from Argentina by way of Spain, is a singer and rapper with many voices.

#content-type-personal-profile, #latin-grammy-awards, #latin-music, #peluso-nathy, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop

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Anthony Hopkins Makes It Look Simple. (And Maybe It Should Be.)

In the dementia drama “The Father,” the 82-year-old actor turns in a career-capping performance and yet claims, “No acting required.”

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #hopkins-anthony, #movies, #the-father-movie

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David Fincher’s Impossible Eye

With ‘Mank,’ America’s most famously exacting director tackles the movie he’s been waiting his entire career to make.

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Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, Not Home for the Holidays

This Thanksgiving, none of our grandchildren will be at our table. But the pandemic winter still leaves room for the imagination.

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Director of Mass MoCA, Playground for Artists, Moves On

After three decades, Joseph C. Thompson feels ready to let go (sort of).

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‘Funeral Diva,’ a Mix of Memoir and Poetry, Stirs the Body and Mind

Pamela Sneed’s book powerfully recalls the contributions and leadership of lesbians during the height of the AIDS crisis.

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An Artist Who Paints in Cryptic Pastel Symbols

Caroline Kent’s canvases explore the power and limits of language — and challenge the modernist canon of abstraction.

#art, #chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #kent-caroline-1975

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The Stars of ‘Animaniacs’ Speak for Themselves

Meet the voice-over actors who have played Yakko, Wakko, Dot and Pinky and the Brain for nearly 30 years.

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How Does Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, Do It?

Ina Garten, a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa, has a loyal, diverse and growing fan base that follows her anywhere — even through quarantine and a Thanksgiving lockdown.

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Rachel Bloom’s Life Is an Open Book

The star and co-creator of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” wryly explores adolescent angst, adult trauma and musical theater in a new memoir, “I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are.”

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After a Writing Break, She Returned as a Booker Finalist

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s debut novel, “Nervous Conditions,” made her part of the African literary canon. Decades later, “This Mournable Body” has made her a contender for one of the world’s top book prizes.

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Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable.

Nikic, 21, became the first person with Down syndrome to conquer the grueling endurance race, offering lessons in perseverance and hope.

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Catch the Vibe: Club Culture Comes to Life at Lincoln Center

The choreographer Ephrat Asherie unveils her short film “UnderScored,” which pays homage to the history of the underground scene and its veterans.

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Klaudio Rodriguez Named Director for the Bronx Museum of the Arts

After two stints as de facto director, Klaudio Rodriguez gets the top job, joining a growing group of Latino leaders of art museums.

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Christopher Krebs Hasn’t Been Fired, Yet

Mr. Krebs’s government agency contradicted President Trump’s false claims that the election was rigged. At this point, Mr. Krebs, a former Microsoft executive, still has a job.

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From ‘Street Kid’ in India to Top Toronto Chef

After a rugged childhood, Sash Simpson realized his dream last year when he opened a high-end restaurant. Within months, the pandemic struck.

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Sophia Loren Makes Her Return to Film: ‘I’m a Perfectionist’

The star, now 86, was looking for a personal connection to a script. Then along came her director son and the Netflix drama “The Life Ahead.”

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How a Designer of Outdoor Spaces Spends His Sundays

Todd Haiman will often go for a hike outside of the city or visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for inspiration.

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When It Comes to Living With Uncertainty, Michael J. Fox Is a Pro

In his fourth memoir, “No Time Like the Future,” the actor and activist opens up about his newfound, uniquely upbeat brand of pessimism.

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In ‘Small Axe,’ Steve McQueen Explores Britain’s Caribbean Heritage

The director’s ambitious anthology series for Amazon and the BBC is his first film work about Black life in Britain. “I needed to understand myself, where I came from,” he said.

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How George Benson Turned an Early ‘No’ Into a Career of ‘Yes’

The 77-year-old guitarist talks about musicians who shaped him and how he learned to respond to critics as he releases his first live album in 30 years.

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