Tuesday, January 26

Travel

Boeing 737 Max to Resume Flying U.S. Passengers on Tuesday
Travel

Boeing 737 Max to Resume Flying U.S. Passengers on Tuesday

Boeing’s troubled 737 Max plane is expected to carry paying passengers in skies over the United States for the first time in almost two years on Tuesday.Those passengers will be aboard American Airlines Flight 718, scheduled to leave Miami just after 10:30 a.m. and land in New York at 1:30 p.m., ending a long and difficult chapter for Boeing.The Max was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after 346 people were killed in a pair of crashes, separated by months, in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The accidents and revelations about the plane’s shortcomings greatly damaged the company’s reputation and cost it tens of billions of dollars in damages, government fines and lost orders.The Federal Aviation Administration, which has been criticized by lawmakers and safety experts for doing a poor job in cer
Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World
Travel

Revisiting the Unseen Corners of the World

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with travel restrictions in place worldwide, we launched a new series to help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places.This week, after 40 installments, we look back at some of the highlights — from hat-making workshops in Ecuador and the wilds of Alaska to lush Zambian valleys.A decade ago, the photographer Robert Presutti accompanied a friend to a convent in rural Georgia: the Phoka Nunnery of St. Nino. A nun and two novices had moved to the area years earlier and had begun resurrecting an 11th-century church from its ruins.Led by the abbess, Elizabeth, the group of three slowly grew, so that by the time Mr. Presutti visited, the convent comprised six nuns and one novice. By then, the church had be
Why We Can’t Stop Longing for the Good Old Days
Travel

Why We Can’t Stop Longing for the Good Old Days

If you visit Hagley Park in the West Midlands of England and make it to the big 18th-century house of the Lyttelton family, walk another half-mile to the east and you’ll come upon an exotic and impressive sight once you clear the trees. In front of you is what seems like the ruins of a Gothic castle. There are four corner towers, but only one is still standing, complete with battlements and an intersecting stair turret. The others are reduced to one or two stories and the wall connecting them has collapsed. You start thinking about the ancient history of which this place could speak, and wonder what spectacular building once stood here. The answer is none. The ruin was constructed just like this in the mid-18th century, to give the impression that a magnificent medieval castle had falle
Abroad at Home: Where Function Follows Form
Travel

Abroad at Home: Where Function Follows Form

The hybrid venues known as sculptors’ museums, which can include—and sometimes consist solely of—the artist’s studio, are illuminating byways on the art trail. Conceived by the sculptors themselves to show their work to best advantage, they offer a unique window into each one’s creative universe. This is particularly true of Auguste Rodin and Isamu Noguchi, whose imaginative reach was too large and various for the standard museum display. Rodin reinvented the idea of public art and the sculpted portrait; made bronze, marble, clay and plaster do things they had never done before; and continually cannibalized previous works to create variations on the old and provide raw material for the new. Noguchi designed public gardens, th
2021 BMW M550i: A Sedan That Won’t Put You to Sleep
Travel

2021 BMW M550i: A Sedan That Won’t Put You to Sleep

AUTONOMOUS Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is the back door to the brain’s pleasure center. It turns out that certain common stimuli—the sound of rain, the ambience of airline cabins, the murmur of audiences—have a tranquilizing, euphoric effect on humans. During the pandemic I have been binge-chilling to ASMR car-repair videos on YouTube. My new hero is Sreten (M539 Restorations), a Zen master working on insanely complex used BMWs, all by his lonesome, in a cramped storage unit in Frankfurt, Germany. “You will watch and listen to the sound of ratchets, spanners, hammers, torque wrenches and man breathing heavily at work,” Sreten promises. And how. Especially mesmerizing is his seven-part restoration/solo ascent of a 2000 model-year 750iL, then the company’s flagship
The Biking Workout That Hit 10,000 Miles in a Year
Travel

The Biking Workout That Hit 10,000 Miles in a Year

When a winter storm blanketed the Northeast in snow and ice this month, most outdoor exercisers shifted to an indoor workout. But Stephen Arthur, a 53-year-old IT specialist in the North Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, was 28 miles away from cycling 10,000 miles in 2020. Determined to reach his goal before year’s end, he put knobby, snow-worthy tires on his mountain bike and bundled up. Mr. Arthur didn’t have the target in mind when 2020 began, but when the pandemic hit, cycling preserved his sanity. He used to bike 2 miles round trip to work. “It was an easy way to turn my commute into exercise,” he said. When he began working from home in March during lockdown, there were days when he never left his 650-square-foot apartment or spoke with anyone, except on Zoom. “Getting outdoors
Cocktails Scandinavian Style: The New Hygge
Travel

Cocktails Scandinavian Style: The New Hygge

THIS HOMEBOUND holiday season, while many will embrace the concept of hygge—the Danish way of cozy comfort—Swedish lagom may be more of the moment. It might also be the key to building a better drink. While there’s no precise translation of lagom (pronounced log-ohm), it’s generally interpreted as “not too little, not too much”—a state of mind in which whatever you have is the perfect amount. “It’s being pleased with what you have, and not wanting it to be something else,” said Selma Slabiak, proprietor of Selma’s Bar in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., and author of “Spirit of the North,” a cocktail book focused around Scandinavian drinking traditions. Although Ms. Slabiak is a native of Denmark, not Sweden, she understands lagom well, particular
How Pixar Brings ‘Soul’ and Existential Ideas to Life
Travel

How Pixar Brings ‘Soul’ and Existential Ideas to Life

How does Pixar distill big existential concepts into animated family movies? After exploring relationships (“Up”), emotions (“Inside Out”) and mortality (“Coco”), the studio is taking a run at the metaphysical with “Soul.” In the movie, Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is a middle-aged jazz musician on the verge of his big break. A very cartoony accident—Joe stepping into an open manhole—triggers a near-death journey through a realm where souls exit and enter existence. Joe’s attempt to escape the afterlife leads to a caper with a soul avoiding Earth (Tina Fey), and lots of colorful speculation about life’s purpose and how personalities get formed. The filmmakers did research on such matters with priests, rabbis and other advisers, but most of their work was more straightforward
From Nike to Balenciaga, the Seven Strangest Sneakers of 2020
Travel

From Nike to Balenciaga, the Seven Strangest Sneakers of 2020

AROUND THIS TIME last year, I cataloged the strangest clothing items I’d come across in 2019: seven superlatively odd garments that stood out from the many, many pieces of fashion I’d encountered over the previous 365 days. (I’m still wondering who would buy Moschino’s bobble-head baseball caps.) SHARE YOUR THOUGHTSWhat weird sneaker is your favorite, and why? Join the conversation below. 2020 has been another beast altogether. For the past nine months or so, I’ve been working from my kitchen table. Meanwhile, many of the trappings of the fashion