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The Fragile Existence of Sex Workers During the Pandemic

They face not only a drop in employment but also discrimination and stigma as they search for relief.

By Alexis Okeowo
Books

Where Do Eels Come From?

There is much to be learned from how little we know about them.

By Brooke Jarvis
Daily Comment

A Past Case May Dictate How the Michael Flynn Inquiry Proceeds

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s appointment of an independent attorney suggests that the former national-security adviser is not out of the woods yet.

By Jeffrey Toobin
Postscript

Remembering Aimee Stephens, Who Lost and Found Her Purpose

The woman at the center of the first transgender-rights case to come before the Supreme Court died before a decision was handed down.

By Masha Gessen
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On and Off the Avenue

How Betsey Johnson Built a Fashion Empire and Lost Her Name

In a dishy new memoir, the seventy-seven-year-old designer revisits the heyday of her “pretty and punk” clothing brand and her painful decision to sell it off.

By Rachel Syme
Culture Desk

Dancing on Their Own During the Coronavirus Crisis

The members of the American Ballet Theatre face practical, financial, and existential questions as they fight to keep their art alive.

By Marina Harss
Page-Turner

“Michael Kohlhaas,” the Book That Made the Novel Modern

A sparkling new translation makes for a fine entry point into Heinrich von Kleist’s grotesque, hysterical, and deeply strange body of work.

By Dustin Illingworth

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Daily Shouts

“Hope You’re Staying Sane”: A Coronavirus E-mail Chain

Sorry to be e-mailing you at a sensitive time, but I wanted to follow up on the below.

By Hayley Phelan
Daily Cartoon

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