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WILL WE EVER BE ABLE TO TALK OPENLY ABOUT THE ISRAEL/PALESTINE CONFLICT?

In chatty New York City, few topics are off the table…except, that is, the Israel/Palestine conflict. Why do New Yorkers clam up? How can we talk about this productively without escalating into words that hurt or offend? In the wake of … Continue reading

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WHY DO SOME PEOPLE TAKE CELEBRITY DEATHS REALLY HARD?

I pursued this question for New York magazine in the wake of Robin Williams’ death, talking to people who grieved for him–and for Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith–as though they were their own loved ones. Why the … Continue reading

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BELLE DE JOUR REDUX: INTRODUCING FRENCH BEAUTY MARINE VACTH

There’s a new French beauty in town. It’s Marine Vacth, an YSL and Chloé model turned actress (and 23-year-old mother!) I chatted with Vacth for the NYTimes’ T magazine blog about her starring role in François Ozon’s new film, Young and Beautiful, in … Continue reading

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TRANSGENDER WOMEN OF COLOR FIGHTING BACK AGAINST VIOLENCE

In summer 2013, the brutal beating death of young Harlem transgender woman Islan Nettles was but one of an alarming number of such assaults on trans women of color, often fatal, throughout the U.S. Half of all assaults on LGBTQ … Continue reading

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PARIS’ LADY IN BLACK: AN INTERVIEW WITH STYLE BLOG PIONEER AND FILMFEST FOUNDER DIANE PERNET

New York expat Diane Pernet is an iconic figure in the streets of Paris, appearing daily in head-to-toe black mantilla, veil and sunglasses. She started one of the first fashion blogs nearly a decade ago and since then has founded … Continue reading

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THESE BUSHWICK WITCHES DON’T RIDE AROUND ON BROOMS

There’s a cool new social networking group in outer Bushwick, Brooklyn. They call themselves witches but they’re more about tarot cards and cool music than brooms and black cats. I hung out with them for the NYTimes Styles section and found out how … Continue reading

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A TENNESSEE WILLIAMS MOMENT FOR THE PERFORMANCE ART ICON PENNY ARCADE

Ever since I saw her landmark stage show “Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!” when I moved to New York more than 20 years ago, I’ve loved the no-holds-barred honesty of the performance artist Penny Arcade, who has had a foothold in … Continue reading

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