Daily Archives: February 9, 2024

Hot Pot Is for Everyone

Good morning. Hot pot’s on the docket for Saturday night: a big metal tureen of soup bubbling over a burner in the center of the dining table, into which we’ll float slices of beef, cubes of tofu, leafy greens, oyster mushrooms, rounds of sweet potato, rice cakes, cubes of daikon radish and lots and lots of dumplings to welcome the …

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In ‘The Taste of Things,’ the Food Was Prepared by the Actors

That said, perfection is part of what these characters strive for. For Eugénie, Tran said, “if it’s on the table, it means that you did it right at every moment.” Some food movies have inevitably resorted to compromises. In an interview, Campbell Scott recalled that during the making of “Big Night” (1996), which he directed with Stanley Tucci, a lot …

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Moody’s Downgrades Israel’s Credit Rating, Citing Toll of War With Hamas

Moody’s on Friday became the first major rating agency to downgrade Israel’s creditworthiness, citing the prolonged war with Hamas and the toll it is taking on the country’s finances. Moody’s, one of three major rating agencies alongside S&P Global Ratings and Fitch, lowered Israel’s rating from A1 to A2. Credit ratings range from a low of D or C (for …

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Harmony Korine’s ‘Aggro Dr1ft’ Makes Los Angeles Debut

At the Los Angeles premiere of the filmmaker Harmony Korine’s “Aggro Dr1ft,” which was held on Wednesday night at Hollywood’s Crazy Girls strip club, scantily clad dancers shimmied on three small stages. Mr. Korine, a 51-year-old experimental artist known for directing 2012’s “Spring Breakers,” has been seeking to understand and capitalize on youth culture since he wrote the 1995 cult …

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Netanyahu Orders Military Evacuation Plan for Rafah in Gaza

On Friday, UNICEF warned against any escalation in Rafah, where, it said, more than 600,000 children and their families had been displaced. “Thousands more could die in the violence or by lack of essential services, and further disruption of humanitarian assistance,” the agency’s executive director, Catherine Russell, said in a statement. “We need Gaza’s last remaining hospitals, shelters, markets and …

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New True Crime: ‘Lover, Stalker, Killer’ and ‘Mostly Harmless’

Remember the old “Arrested Development” axiom that “there’s always money in the banana stand”? For streamers, that banana stand is true crime, judging from the rate at which these movies are turned out. Many of the lurid tales of kidnapping, murder and stolen identities have been covered already in podcasts, but documentaries add tantalizing visual elements — photographs of the …

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A ‘Mother’ Is Mourned by the Queer New Yorkers She Left Behind

Hundreds gathered in a Greenwich Village church to pay their respects to the transgender activist Cecilia Gentili, who died this week at 52.

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Memory Loss Requires Careful Diagnosis, Scientists Say

A lengthy report by the Department of Justice on President Biden’s handling of classified documents contained some astonishing assessments of his well-being and mental health. Mr. Biden, 81, was an “elderly man with a poor memory” and “diminished faculties” who “did not remember when he was vice president,” the special counsel Robert K. Hur said. In conversations recorded in 2017, …

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In Private Remarks to Arab Americans, Biden Aide Expresses Regrets on Gaza

In a closed-door meeting with Arab American leaders in Michigan this week, one of President Biden’s top foreign policy aides acknowledged mistakes in the administration’s response to the war in Gaza, saying he did not have “any confidence” that Israel’s government was willing to take “meaningful steps” toward Palestinian statehood. The remarks came after months of public and private admonitions …

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Willy Chavarria Tests Boundaries of Gender and Taste in His First Film

“Hideous,” said Willy Chavarria, talking about the fashion business, celebrity entitlement, late-stage capitalism, his current state of mind. It was a Thursday morning at a workroom in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, and the designer was putting last-minute touches on his fall 2024 collection of the men’s wear that, in recent years, has been taken up by a number of …

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