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Can the Old Masters Be Relevant Again?

Old masters, new world.<p>At Christie’s over the last few weeks, two experts in old master paintings and drawings quietly left the auction house.<p>Their departures followed a year of spotty sales, in which the values of works by old masters — a pantheon of European painters working before around 1800 — …

The Arts

License to (Not) Drive

T<b>en years ago I found myself</b> standing outside the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan. I looked out over acres of glinting windshields in a …

Transportation

Fact-Checking Alec Baldwin’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Monologue

Fact Check<p>Alec Baldwin’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Monologue Is Perfect — But Is It Accurate?<p>Investigating a legendary scene<p><i>Glengarry Glen Ross</i> is a …

The First and Last ‘One-to

The First and Last ‘One-to-One’ Device<p>Will nothing ever touch the scale of the smartphone?<p>To me, the most interesting part of Apple’s recent press …

iPhone

Oldchella and the Future of the Concert Business — The Ringer

If 2016 isn’t the end of days, it sure as hell feels like the end of rock ’n’ roll. We lost David Bowie, the innovative hero of so many rock gods. We …

Live Music

Uber’s First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month

Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world’s …

Robotics

Is Trump Purposely Sabotaging His Campaign?

Friends,<p>Donald Trump never actually wanted to be President of the United States. I know this for a fact. I’m not going to say how I know it. I’m not …

Donald Trump

Dinner, Disrupted

SAN FRANCISCO — At a fancy Silicon Valley restaurant where the micro-greens came from a farm called Love Apple, I got a definitive taste of California in the age of the plutocrats. This state — and this native of it — have long indulged a borderline-comic impulse toward self-expression through …

San Francisco Bay Area

Atop the Golden Gate — Startup Grind — Medium

Atop the Golden Gate Bridge<p>The 746-foot-tall, mile-long Golden Gate Bridge is as abstract in scale and allure as it is essential in function. There’s …

NBC Has Spoiled the Olympics — 500ish Words

…By Pretending They Won’t Be Spoiled<p>Four hours. That’s roughly the amount of time I had to wait in between when Michael Phelps won his record 23rd …

NBC

The Next Generation of Wireless — “5G” — Is All Hype.

5G is just a marketing term. The connectivity we crave — cheap, fast, ubiquitous — won’t happen without more fiber in the ground.<p>I <b>remember a May 1989</b> …

Wireless

Meet the Greenland Shark. It Could Be the Longest-Living Vertebrate.

The Greenland shark is a ludicrously late bloomer.<p>This lazy-looking, Arctic predator reaches sexual maturity when it’s about 150 years old. Though more than a century of prepubescence might sound bad, there’s a bright side for the sea creature. Once it hits adulthood, it still has another hundred …

Science

Macy’s, Struggling to Draw Shoppers, Plans to Close 100 Stores

Macy’s, the country’s largest department store chain, plans to close more than 10 percent of its locations, part of efforts to reverse years of sagging sales.<p>The retailer said on Thursday as it announced its second-quarter earnings that it would shutter 100 stores, mostly at the beginning of next …

Walmart

David Chang’s secret code to unleashing the most amazing flavors on Earth

SCROLL DOWN<p>Unified Theory of<p>Deliciousness<p>THE SECRET CODE TO<p>UNLEASHING THE WORLD’S<p>MOST AMAZING FLAVORS<p>THE SECRET CODE TO UNLEASHING THE WORLD’S MOST …

Food

Don’t Let Them Tell You You’re Not at the Center of the Universe

<b>Misconception: The universe started someplace.</b><p><b>Actually</b>: The Big Bang didn’t happen at a place; it happened at a time.<p>“Where did the Big Bang happen?” I am often asked, as if the expansion of the universe was like a hand grenade going off and the solar system and our Milky Way galaxy were shards …

Cosmology

Dan Shaughnessy Roots for Himself — The Ringer

When you go to Fenway Park with Dan Shaughnessy, the first thing you notice is that he acts like he has a right to be there. It’s distinct from …

Writing

Instagram Takes a Page From Snapchat, and Takes Aim at It, Too

MENLO PARK, Calif. — For nearly four years, Snapchat has been Facebook’s white whale.<p>The popular disappearing message start-up rebuffed a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook in 2013. Snapchat’s service has since continued to grow rapidly by capturing the hearts — and thumbs — of the young …

Snapchat

Trump and Putin: A Love Story

The attraction is mutual, but history shows who’s really using whom.<p>Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Donald J. Trump are locked in a humid political embrace, which seems, at first glance, unlikely. Putin grew up in postwar Leningrad. In the dismal courtyard of his building on Baskov Lane, a hangout …

Donald Trump

Underwater in the Las Vegas Desert, Years After the Housing Crash

LAS VEGAS — Michael Hutchings bet it all when he built his 3,300-square-foot dream home on a strip of rock-strewn desert gazing west toward the Las Vegas Strip. He had made a fortune building custom homes as Vegas boomed higher and higher, and for his own, he chose red Spanish tiles, wrought iron …

Real Estate

Meg Whitman, Calling Donald Trump a ‘Demagogue,’ Will Support Hillary Clinton for President

Meg Whitman, a Hewlett-Packard executive and Republican fund-raiser, said Tuesday that she would support Hillary Clinton for president and give a “substantial” contribution to her campaign in order to stop Donald J. Trump, whom she berated as a threat to American democracy.<p>“I will vote for Hillary, …

Meg Whitman

Playing outside the box

The new sound of summer<p>“JAZZ isn’t dead,’’ Frank Zappa once said, “it just smells funny.” If he were around today, Zappa might point to the music of …

Music (UK)

Meet the woman who wrote Michelle Obama’s DNC speech — Sarah Hurwitz

For almost seven years, she’s been the force behind the first lady’s public voice<p><i>By Krissah Thompson</i><p>When Sarah Hurwitz sits down at her laptop, she …

Michelle Obama

Cleveland Was the Original Motor City

Before Tesla and Silicon Valley, there were Baker Motors and ClevelandContinue reading on The Ringer »

Cleveland

Lessons from Cleveland, the Silicon Valley of the second industrial revolution

The city is an example of how economic clusters rise and fall<p>WHEN the Republican Party decided to hold its national convention in Cleveland back in …

Detroit-Made Bicycles Are Taking Over Bike-Share Programs

When Zak Pashak’s factory opened in 2013, bicycle manufacturing in the U.S. had all but disappeared.<p>By Tim Higgins | July 13, 2016<p>Photographs by …

Detroit Red Wings

Major League Is the Most Accurate Baseball Movie

It’s what ‘Veep’ is to politicsContinue reading on The Ringer »

Cleveland Indians

Disagree or Be Fired?

I will never fire someone for voicing an opinion — especially if we disagree.<p>The senseless killings over the past week have been horrifying. Many of …

Censorship

Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear

Cable news has functioned as the harrowing background soundtrack to much of 2015 and 2016. In covering terrorist attacks, protests against the police and a presidential election whose daily antics seem tailor-made for the overheated ethos of cable, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all won huge …

Forget Beanbag Chairs. Amazon Is Giving Its Workers Treehouses.

REDMOND, Wash. — Just off a remote stretch of road here, near wineries, horse stables and farms, Amazon is secretly growing something, but it’s not what Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, calls the “tiny seeds” that could become the company’s next big businesses.<p>No, Amazon is growing actual …