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Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.

Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.

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If the instructions are written with enough literary flourish, she said, they may be sufficiently creative to be copyrightable.When the nation’s copyright law was first codified in 1790, cooking was seen as a woman’s domestic responsibility rather than as a professional activity, Ms. Hawkins said. Written recipes are a relatively new invention; many cultures passed down culinary traditions orally.While the technology and music industries have pushed successfully to change copyright law in their fields, “there is not a big powerful lobby to push anything through for individual recipes,” she said.As a result, some cookbook authors feel less willing to publish their treasured recipes.“When you feel like your stories, your work, your investment ends up benefiting people who are already higher ...
Virgil Abloh, Ambassador and Infiltrator

Virgil Abloh, Ambassador and Infiltrator

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In recent years, it could often appear as if there were several Virgil Ablohs, all working at the same time. There were the multiple annual collections of Louis Vuitton, where he was the artistic director of men’s wear, and Off-White, his own label, which he’d founded while still in the orbit of Kanye West. There were the seemingly endless collaborations, with brands as disparate as Nike, Ikea, Evian, Rimowa, Vitra, Chrome Hearts and more.And perhaps just as important, there were his daily Instagram missives. Seemingly no one posted more than he did — a couple dozen images on his story, easily, consisting of new designs, new music, screen grabs of conversations, fit pics posted by the super-famous, fit pics posted by the unknown. He was a geyser of ecstatic creativity.What he was doing was...
¿Tener hijos o no tenerlos?, he ahí un dilema

¿Tener hijos o no tenerlos?, he ahí un dilema

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No solo estaba horrorizada por la falta de una respuesta unificada al coronavirus, sino que, en un viaje a Alaska, visitó playas que, cuando era niña, recordaba repletas de estrellas de mar, nutrias y mejillones gordos y salados, pero que ahora parecían desprovistas de vida salvaje.Era demasiado. Aplazó sus planes de fecundación in vitro, aunque su esposo sigue presionando. “Me he preguntado: ‘Si no tengo un bebé o al menos lo intento de verdad, ¿me sentiré triste o me arrepentiré para siempre?”, dijo. “No lo sé, y no puedo saberlo realmente, pero no quiero dejar que solo eso me empuje a tomar la decisión de seguir adelante con el intento”.Estas cuestiones no se limitan a las mujeres heterosexuales con relaciones monógamas. Las mujeres solteras, los esposos, las parejas homosexuales, así c...
Meet the Beauty Queens of Al Dhafra

Meet the Beauty Queens of Al Dhafra

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“Camel No. 1! Camel No. 1!”I had just arrived at the Al Dhafra Festival, and young boys in kanduras, or long tunics, were running toward my car, shouting as they pointed their index fingers in the air. In the distance, two men rode camels, each pulling another of the animals on a leash. One of the camels was draped in a gold-tasseled winner’s blanket.Behind the men, slowly making its way across the sand dunes, was a large convoy of honking pickup trucks. Men and boys stood in the beds of the vehicles and leaned out of all the windows, waving and cheering, many of them filming the scene on their phones.Without a second thought, I left my little rental car behind — I wouldn’t have gotten far in the deep sand, anyway — and jumped on the back of the nearest pickup. I wanted to be part of this ...
Colton Underwood Comes Out and Comes Clean

Colton Underwood Comes Out and Comes Clean

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An executive producer on the series, Underwood knows he has privilege and a platform, which is why he said he sought counsel from people who aren’t white gay cisgender men, including Nicole Garcia, a transgender Latina pastor. In an email, Garcia said Underwood could be a role model, especially to let young athletes know they “can be male, athletic, gay and be successful, loved and respected.”This being reality TV, Underwood didn’t prepare the people he comes out to on camera — what we see, he said, is their genuine reaction to the news that he is gay. Initially, that didn’t sit well with his mother, Donna Burkard, the first person he comes out to on the show. (Underwood’s parents are divorced but on good terms.)Burkard said her son’s revelation was a surprise, and she was uneasy with the ...
Virgil Abloh, Barrier-Breaking Designer, Is Dead at 41

Virgil Abloh, Barrier-Breaking Designer, Is Dead at 41

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When he was 22 Mr. Abloh met Kanye West. That relationship set him on the road to Paris when, in 2009, Mr. West signed a deal for a sneaker collaboration with Louis Vuitton, and he and his creative team, including Mr. Abloh, headed off for fashion week and became the talk of the season. (A group photo of Mr. West, Mr. Abloh and their collaborators outside a show went viral online and was even satirized on “South Park.”)“Streetwear wasn’t on anyone’s radar, but the sort of chatter at dinners after shows was like ‘Fashion needs something new. It’s stagnant. What’s the new thing going to be?’ That was the timeline on which I was crafting my ideas,” Mr. Abloh later told GQ. That was also when he and Mr. West began a six-month internship at Fendi, making $500 a month, and learning the business ...
Stephen Sondheim, as Great a Composer as He Was a Lyricist

Stephen Sondheim, as Great a Composer as He Was a Lyricist

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In the early ’90s, at several memorial services for friends who had died of AIDS, I played “Good Thing Going,” a wistful song about recalling imperfect but cherished relationships. “Marry Me a Little,” cut from the original production of “Company” but beloved in later revivals as the protagonist’s statement of determination and despair, was another piece I relished performing; I still use the demanding perpetual-motion piano part as an exercise to keep my finger technique limber.In 2010, I made an 80th birthday tribute video to him for the Times website, in which, among other excerpts, I played and analyzed the wondrous chords at the start of “Sunday in the Park with George.” Here, the hero, Georges Seurat, speaking to the audience, explains the elements of painting, how the artist must br...
20 Stephen Sondheim Songs to Listen to Right Now

20 Stephen Sondheim Songs to Listen to Right Now

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The career of Stephen Sondheim, the celebrated Broadway songwriter who died on Friday at the age of 91, spanned decades and included 20 major productions, including forays into television and film. Here is one song from each of those 20 in chronological order, highlighting a genius that was evident from a jarringly early age (even if critics took a while to catch on) for mixing longing and ambivalence into clever, spiky, dependably unexpected lyrics.‘What More Do I Need?’From “Saturday Night,” 1954Dyspepsia lurks way in the background of “Saturday Night,” his first complete musical (which wouldn’t see a New York stage until almost a half-century later). But in this song, performed here by Liz Callaway, Sondheim depicts a level of dewy-eyed optimism — “Why, I can see half a tree/And what mo...
Sylvia Weinstock, the ‘da Vinci of Wedding Cakes,’ Dies at 91

Sylvia Weinstock, the ‘da Vinci of Wedding Cakes,’ Dies at 91

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Sylvia Silver was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in the Bronx and grew up in Brooklyn, where her father, Samuel Silver, and her mother, Anna (Benblatt) Silver, owned a bakery and later a liquor store. The family lived above the bakery, an arrangement that suited Sylvia, who would later live above her own cake business.When she was 17, she was with friends at Rockaway Beach on the Fourth of July when she walked up to a group of young men and asked if any of them would go swimming with her. Benjamin Weinstock, a student at Queens College, stepped forward.They were married in 1949 and later moved to Massapequa, on Long Island, where she taught elementary school and he practiced law while they raised three daughters.Mrs. Weinstock earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hunter College in 1951 and ...

Wakefield Poole, Pioneer in Gay Pornography, Dies at 85

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One New York night in the early 1970s, a dancer and budding filmmaker named Wakefield Poole went to see a gay porn flick called “Highway Hustler” at a run-down theater in Times Square with his friends. As he settled into a tattered seat, he prepared to spend the next 45 minutes or so enjoyably aroused.But as the film rolled, he experienced nothing of the kind. He thought that the movie was sleazy, that its sex scenes were unnecessarily degrading. He started laughing out loud, and one of his companions fell asleep.“I said to my friend, ‘This is the worst, ugliest movie I’ve ever seen!’” Mr. Poole, who died on Oct. 27 at 85, recalled in 2002. “Somebody ought to be able to do something better.”The Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village had occurred two years earlier, and Mr. Poole, like coun...