Joseph Brodsky Slept Here. The Great Poet’s Cranky Neighbor Couldn’t Care Less.

After a decades-long standoff with the last resident of a communal apartment, a private museum has finally opened in Brodsky’s shared home in St. Petersburg, a rare grass-roots victory in Russia.

#books-and-literature, #brodsky-joseph, #friendship, #museums, #nobel-prizes, #poetry-and-poets, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #st-petersburg-russia

Race Manners: Dealing with Creepy Questions about Race

You can’t assume you know how your friend will feel about these questions. Your first step should be to find out.

#asian-americans, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #race-and-ethnicity

We Weren’t Happy Before the Pandemic, Either

Covid-19 has forced us to take a close look at our lives. Many of us don’t like what we see.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #friendship, #parenting

On Embracing Faith, or Rejecting It

Readers react to Ross Douthat’s invitation to “think yourself into” religious faith. Also: Working mothers; how to make friends.

#child-care, #christians-and-christianity, #friendship, #religion-and-belief, #women-and-girls

Now Going Viral: Meeting Online Friends in Real Life

Marissa Meizz became a TikTok meme after her friends excluded her from a birthday party. She decided to do something about it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #generation-z, #meizz-marissa, #millennial-generation, #no-more-lonely-friends, #parties-social, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

What We Are Not Teaching Boys About Being Human

It turns out that there is a bizarre absence of fully realized human beings in my sons’ fictional worlds.

#metoo-movement, #books-and-literature, #emotions, #friendship, #men-and-boys, #parenting

How to Channel Your Inner Olympic Coach

Here are a few tips to help motivate those around you to persevere and succeed.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coaches-and-managers, #emotions, #friendship, #olympic-games-2016

Love Letter: Finding Unconditional Love in a Plush World

And: Legally married at last.

#dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #marriages, #toys

Ron Lieber: Invest in the People You Love

If you’re emerging from the pandemic in better financial shape than before, ask yourself this: What will you spend to renew your bonds, and how will you do it?

#content-type-service, #families-and-family-life, #friendship, #personal-finances, #wills-and-estates

Using Apps to Find Friends After Quarantine

Lonely after emerging from quarantine or in a new city? Apps, private clubs and social networks are ready to fix you up with a new bestie.

#friendship, #mobile-applications, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Why Teens Need a Break This Summer

The pandemic has been the psychological workout of their lives. The next few months can be a time of recovery.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #friendship, #parenting, #summer-season, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #youth

How to Rearrange Your Post-Pandemic ‘Friendscape’

Re-entry offers an opportunity to choose which relationships we wish to resurrect and which are better left dormant.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #loneliness, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Great Unmasking

After Covid, a better life is possible.

#boston-college, #commencement-speeches, #coronavirus-reopenings, #emotions, #friendship, #united-states

So You Want to End the Conversation?

So do most people, a recent study found. Plus: amblypigids, a company called Covid, and other staff recommendations in the weekend edition of the Science Times newsletter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #friendship, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

It Might Be Time to Break Up Your Pandemic Pod

Yes, you really need to start seeing other people.

#content-type-service, #emotions, #friendship, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantines

Dunbar’s Number Debunked: You Can Have More Than 150 Friends

A new study questions that figure, known as Dunbar’s number. The Oxford professor for whom it is named, Robin Dunbar, dismissed the findings as “absolutely bonkers.”

#biology-letters-journal, #friendship, #monkeys-and-apes, #research, #robin-dunbar, #stockholm-university

When Grown-Ups Have Imaginary Friends

“Parasocial relationships” explain why you think influencers are your pals.

#celebrities, #friendship, #parenting, #social-media

From Best Friends to Platonic Spouses

Some people are taking their friendships to the next level by saying “I do” to marriages without sex.

#dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #marriages

If You Don’t Want to Go, Say No

Most social obligations would be best left in the Before Times.

#content-type-service, #friendship, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Pandemic Shrank Our Social Circles. Let’s Keep It That Way.

You don’t need to rekindle your friendship with your kid’s soccer teammate’s father if you don’t want to.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #friendship, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Michael Musto, Lynn Yaeger and Mickey Boardman: Friends for Life

The longtime crew has been all around New York together and witnessed the city remake itself time and again. What’s endured is its members’ bonds with one another.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #boardman-mickey, #content-type-personal-profile, #fashion-and-apparel, #friendship, #musto-michael, #new-york-city, #news-and-news-media, #yaeger-lynn

Bryan Washington on His Going-Out Friends

In a year without access to queer spaces, one writer considers the importance of the bonds they helped form.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #dating-and-relationships, #friendship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #text-messaging

Suzan-Lori Parks Gets the Band Back Together

Though she’s best known as a playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks is always looking to evolve as an artist — and derives a particular joy from performing her songs with and for others.

#friendship, #music, #parks-suzan-lori, #signature-theater-co, #theater

The Joy Ai Weiwei Gets From His Cats

The artist Ai Weiwei is inspired by the resilience and self-contentment of his beloved cats.

#ai-weiwei, #animals, #cats, #china, #friendship

David Oyelowo, Cynthia Erivo on Navigating Hollywood

How a group of Black British actors have supported one another’s careers and bonded over shared experiences.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #erivo-cynthia, #friendship, #mbatha-raw-gugu, #movies, #oyelowo-david, #theater

Jessica Rankin and Julie Mehretu Were Partners, Then Friends

Two artists who’ve stayed close, even as the terms of their relationship have evolved.

#families-and-family-life, #friendship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #marriages, #mehretu-julie

How a New Friendship Has Gotten Nan Goldin Through the Pandemic

An artist and a writer who, despite being at different stages of their lives, have forged a deep bond.

#backgammon, #friendship, #goldin-nan, #photography

Bowen Yang Misses Partying With His Friends at Bubble_T

For three years, the comedian Bowen Yang found community at Bubble_T, New York’s roving hub for queer Asian nightlife. Then the pandemic hit.

#asian-americans, #brooklyn-nyc, #friendship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #parties-social, #yang-bowen-1990

Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny, Best Friends Forever

Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny got to know each other while making films in the late ’90s, when they were both coming up as actresses. They’ve been inseparable ever since.

#friendship, #lyonne-natasha, #movies, #sevigny-chloe

In Rina Sawayama, Elton John Found a Collaborator and a Friend

The rising star and established icon who’ve discovered they have a lot in common.

#friendship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #john-elton, #pop-and-rock-music, #sawayama-rina

The Singers Who Long to Share A Stage Again

After a year apart, the Afro-Brazilian musicians Larissa Luz, Luedji Luna and Xenia França are looking forward to a reunion.

#brazil, #friendship, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture

A History of Great Friendships

With good friends, as with great art, our sense of the world is challenged and transformed.

#art, #creativity, #friendship, #writing-and-writers

Parents, Stop Talking About the ‘Lost Year’

Teenagers and tweens will be fine, experts say — if adults model resilience.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #friendship, #loneliness, #mental-health-and-disorders, #middle-school, #parenting, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states

Learning to Connect With My Male Friends

For some men, long-term, meaningful relationships are harder to build and maintain into adulthood.

#anxiety-and-stress, #friendship, #loneliness, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders

Do We Even Need Friends, After the Pandemic?

The pandemic shrank many social circles to a skeleton crew. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

#friendship, #shutdowns-institutional, #your-feed-selfcare

I Don’t Want Another Family to Lose a Child the Way We Did

The thought of suicide is terrifying, but we have to make talking about it a part of everyday life.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #depression-mental, #education-k-12, #friendship, #mental-health-and-disorders, #seatbelts, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

A Year Without Our Work Friends

What the absence of day-to-day connections showed us about how we spent our days.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #friendship, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #travel-and-vacations, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #writing-and-writers

Snapshots From a Swimming Friendship

In this year of sorrow, plunging into the water has been essential for me and for my friend with cancer.

#breast-cancer, #friendship, #mastectomy, #swimming, #water

‘Our Goal is That No Lemurs Live Alone’

At the Duke Lemur Center, an innovative plan to keep the animals social late in life: pair them with lemurs of another species.

#duke-university, #durham-nc, #elderly, #friendship, #lemurs, #loneliness, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Show and Tell: 4 Picture Books About Friendship

Overcoming shyness and isolation via notes, pictures and a pine cone.

#best-friend-in-the-whole-world-book, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #friendship, #from-archie-to-zack-book, #kirsch-vincent-x, #min-cat, #porter-jane-illustrator, #salsbury-sandra-illustrator, #shearring-maisie-paradise, #shy-willow-book, #the-boy-who-loved-everyone-book

In Our Pandemic Isolation, Every Death Is a Covid Death

Even a cancer death like my friend’s is subject to one of the most brutal cruelties of the pandemic: Being apart.

#brain-cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #friendship, #grief-emotion, #quarantine-life-and-culture

The Science of Changing Someone’s Mind

Don’t try to change someone else’s mind. Instead, help them find their own motivation to change.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #friendship, #psychology-and-psychologists, #vaccination-and-immunization

Helping a Teen Who Is Angry About House Rules on Covid

Our grandson’s friends don’t socialize safely, so we don’t want him to see them. How do we keep his anger about it from causing chaos in our home?

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #depression-mental, #friendship, #psychology-and-psychologists, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Book Review: ‘We Need to Hang Out,’ by Billy Baker

In “We Need to Hang Out,” Billy Baker dissects the perils of isolation and the very real struggle to connect.

#baker-billy-journalist, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #friendship, #loneliness, #men-and-boys, #we-need-to-hang-out-book

Making New Friends During a Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly disrupted some social circles. Here’s what experts and new pals have to say about making, and maintaining, pandemic friends.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #friendship, #quarantine-life-and-culture

How to Get More From Your Pandemic Bubble

Social bubbles have helped us cope with the restrictions of Covid-19. For today’s Well Challenge, look to your pandemic pod to inspire and motivate you toward a healthier and happier life.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #friendship, #longevity, #quarantine-life-and-culture

For a Healthier 2021, Keep the Best Habits of a Very Bad Year

Our 7-Day Well Challenge will show you how to build on the healthy habits you learned during pandemic life.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #exercise, #friendship, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #letters, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-year, #psychology-and-psychologists

2020 Was One Big Stress Test

The pandemic gave us an unwelcome chance to find out what we missed, what we could do without — and how much risk we are willing to take.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #friendship

In a Pandemic Fairy Tale, a Garden Leads to a Magical Friendship

A 4-year-old girl coping with the loneliness of the pandemic created a tiny garden, and kindled an unlikely friendship with an enchanted neighbor who moved into her tree.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fairies, #friendship, #los-angeles-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Building Emotional Safety Nets for Men

Support networks with other men can help fend off the loneliness and isolation many men experience.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #emotions, #friendship, #loneliness, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture