Books and Films That Thrill

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    CreditBeth Hoeckel

    A baby book may require too much time and energy, but you and your child will treasure a few notes about this time.


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    CreditJanik Söllner

    Why little kids have a special ability to creep out their parents.


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    CreditIllustration by Tomi Um

    The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on evicting a relative who refuses to get help for his abusive behavior — and more.


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    CreditMohamed Sadek for The New York Times

    Mort Zwick’s philosophy is simple: ‘I happen to like my family. But I’m not insane enough to risk death.’


  5. PhotoA pre-pandemic Pub Choir session in Melbourne.
    CreditAnna Sublet

    I was facing some shadows in my life. Could singing with others help me reclaim my voice and calm my fast-beating heart?


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  1. PhotoThe chef Natalia Vallejo, at her home in Cayey, P.R., closed her San Juan restaurant, Cocina al Fondo, because of Covid-19. She is constantly cooking at home and planning for a future when she can be back in a restaurant kitchen. 
    CreditChristopher Gregory for The New York Times

    Hardship and hurricanes have shaped the island’s food for centuries. But chefs and home cooks make magic with whatever ingredients they have.


  2. PhotoA recipe for nasi goreng, a staple Indonesian fried rice dish, appears in the new cookbook “Coconut & Sambal,” by the chef Lara Lee.
    CreditJohnny Miller for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich.

    In “Coconut & Sambal,” the chef Lara Lee leads a culinary expedition through one of the most populous countries in the world.


  3. PhotoRashida Holmes, the chef and owner of Bridgetown Roti, in Los Angeles.
    CreditElizabeth Lippman for The New York Times

    In Los Angeles, the chef Rashida Holmes grows her small food business to meet the demand for comforting West Indian food.


  4. PhotoLidey Heuck’s barbecue pulled chicken.
    CreditChristopher Simpson for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

    Recall those days when we used to gather indoors and listen to live music, and make Café Carlyle’s lobster bisque, or its chicken hash.


  5. PhotoGiant couscous cake with roasted pepper sauce.
    CreditAndrew Scrivani for The New York Times

    Rich with roasted red pepper, it’s excellent alongside a giant couscous cake, or any other pantry meal.


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  1. PhotoThe Netflix series “The Haunting of Bly Manor” is the latest of many screen adaptations of “The Turn of the Screw.” Pictured, from left: Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Victoria Pedretti, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve and Amelie Smith (backround).
    CreditEike Schroter/Netflix

    New shows come to the streaming giant all the time — too many to ever watch them all. We’re here to help.


  2. PhotoIn “Muppets Now,” classic characters star in short reality TV parodies.

    The Disney streaming platform has hundreds of movie and TV titles, drawing from its own deep reservoir classics and from Star Wars, Marvel and more. These are our favorites.


  3. PhotoColin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in “The Lobster,” a film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
    CreditDespina Spyrou/A24

    Movies upon movies await, and you don't even have to drill down to find them.


  4. PhotoJack Nicholson as the head of Boston’s Irish mob in "The Departed," by Martin Scorsese.
    CreditAndrew Cooper/Warner Bros. Pictures

    New films, and classics, just keep coming, but you don’t have to drill down to find the finest selections to stream. We’ll do the heavy lifting. You press play.


  5. PhotoJulia Garner in “The Assistant.”
    CreditBleecker Street Media

    We’ve handpicked the finest movies and television shows currently streaming on Hulu in the United States. Take a look.


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  1. PhotoAlicia Keys in an episode of Netflix’s “Song Exploder” that explores the creation of the new song “3 Hour Drive.”
    CreditMatt Sayles/Netflix

    The new Netflix show deftly explores the making of songs from R.E.M., Alicia Keys, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ty Dolla Sign. It’s exhilarating TV.


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    CreditSean Katz

    The lyricist of “Fiddler on the Roof” and many other shows has always worked at home, in the Beresford apartment he shares with his wife, Margery.


  3. PhotoPaddy Burke, 19, a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity inside the fraternity house- in a former church at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
    CreditTristan Spinski for The New York Times

    For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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    CreditKa Young Lee

    (Or vice versa.) It’s Halloween week and treats abound, from oysters to ballet to a Sam Smith concert.

    By Adriana Balsamo and

  5. PhotoPizzicato strings and subtle percussion surround Ariana Grande’s voice in her new single, “Positions.”
    CreditDave Meyers

    Hear tracks by Julien Baker, Arlo Parks, Helena Deland and others.

    By Jon Pareles, Giovanni Russonello and

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    CreditOlivia Fields

    A Japanese-American man abandons his Black boyfriend with his visiting mother in Houston. Conflicts and unexpected kinships ensue.


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    CreditThe Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

    These books — both fiction and nonfiction — celebrate the dark corners of our world.


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    With “The Sentinel,” the action-packed new Reacher novel, Lee Child collaborates with his younger brother, Andrew Child, who will take over the series from here.


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    CreditRichard A. Chance

    “Inside Story,” a novel in a genre Amis calls “life-writing,” revisits the author’s relationships with Saul Bellow, Christopher Hitchens and others.


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    CreditTara Donne for The New York Times

    Staying busy and staying the course.


  2. PhotoTimes Square on Oct. 16.
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    Our usual routines are disrupted.


  3. PhotoThe Milky Way above Salgótarján, Hungary, in April.
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    Art provides clarity.


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    CreditRyan Young for The New York Times

    Scent and memory are deeply connected.


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    When the rooms feel familiar, books open things up.


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