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The Adventures of Hilary Knight and Lena Dunham

An hour before I was scheduled to speak to Hilary Knight last week, the illustrator who co-created the famous fictional character Eloise, I received a note that he was about to send me something that would warm my heart. Next thing I knew, in my inbox there was a PDF of the holiday card Knight had …

Lena Dunham

Dennis Dunn, known among friends as “The Button Man," showed off his collection this morning on Fifth Avenue. "I've been collecting them for over 35 years," he told @fremson, who is posting photos from the #stpatricksday parade. Dennis, whose family hails from County Cavan, in #Ireland, has watched the parade from the same spot for the past 20 years. His festive sweater comes, too. (But he only removes the buttons to wash it every few years, he said.)

A Girl, A Shoe, A Prince: The Endlessly Evolving Cinderella

"Woman gives birth to a gourd."<p>This is the opening to the description of an Italian variant of the <i>Cinderella</i> folk tale — or, really, a relative of one of its relatives — taken from a book called <i>Cinderella; three hundred and forty-five variants of Cinderella, Catskin, and Cap o'Rushes, abstracted</i> …

Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?)

An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia<p>Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also make you feel stupid. One expert, Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale …

Humanity

Everything You Need to Know About Israel's Elections

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for early elections in December, amid opposition within his coalition government, he was poised to …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …