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The Invisible Way That Marketers Set the Menu for Your Thanksgiving Feast

I have always been intrigued by Thanksgiving – the traditions, the meal, the idea of a holiday that is simply about being thankful. For my family, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Some foods, like turkey and mashed potatoes, may be familiar. But there are a few twists. Since I grew up in the Caribbean, I’m allowed a Caribbean dish or two. The reliability of the menu – with a little flexibility sprinkled in – seems to unite us as a family while acknowledging our different cultural backgrounds. Chances are…

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Why You Won’t See Pudding on the Thanksgiving Table

At the end of “Over the River and Through the Wood” – Lydia Maria Child’s classic Thanksgiving poem – the narrator finally gets to his grandfather’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and settles down to eat. “Hurrah for the fun!” the small boy exclaims. “Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!” Pumpkin pie sounds familiar, but pudding? It seems like an odd choice to headline a description of a Thanksgiving dinner. Why was pudding the first dish on the boy’s mind, and not turkey or stuffing? When Americans today think about…

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Did Disney Pixar Get Day of the Dead Celebrations Right in Its New Film 'Coco'?

Fall, when temperatures dip and trees shed their leaves, is my favorite time of the year, not only because of the blustery weather but also because it marks the season of holidays and my family’s traditions. In my home, these include the viewing of holiday-themed television programs and theater visits to see blockbuster films. This year, Disney Pixar’s Coco, the new animated film that celebrates the Mexican tradition known as Día de Muertos, is sure to be a family favorite. Día de Muertos has its roots in a pre-Hispanic commemoration of deceased…

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The Ten Best Board Games of 2017

The board game resurgence—led by favorites like Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan—is firmly established by now, to the point that we probably don’t need to say that no matter your age, tastes or skill level, there’s a board, card or dice game out there for you. Sales in the U.S. grew by 28 percent last year, and worldwide, the industry is worth nearly $ 10 billion. Why? Probably partly as an “IRL” response to our increasingly online world. Plus, it’s just fun to spend time with friends and…

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What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Options

Think about the shape of home. Is it a three-bedroom, single-family dwelling with a scrap of yard? Maybe it’s you and your spouse and your kids—or maybe you share it with a handful of roommates. Or you cram yourself, your bicycle and your cat into a city studio where the rent is, naturally, too damn high. But maybe a micro-loft with shared kitchen and living spaces would suit your needs better, or perhaps you’re a single parent who would love to share an apartment with another single parent. Take heart:…

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How This Artist's Archival Discovery Sparked High-Tech Art

A little more than a year ago, Jordan Bennett, an indigenous artist from the Canadian province of Newfoundland, was thinking about his next work. On a computer, he opened the online collections database of the Smithsonian Institution and typed in the words “Mi’kmaq”—the name of his own nation—and “Newfoundland.” A photograph appeared, and then a handful more, from negatives held by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. They had been shot by an anthropologist in the 1930s in a community a few hours away from Bennett’s own. As…

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A Brief History of “Alice’s Restaurant”

“Alice’s Restaurant,” Arlo Guthrie’s beloved musical ode to garbage, small town policing, and military conscription, celebrates many anniversaries. The song – its full name is “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree” – has its conception on Thanksgiving Day, 1965, when Guthrie, then 18, and friend Rick Robbins, 19, were clearing out the Stockbridge, Massachusetts, home of Alice and Ray Brock. The Coney-Island-born Guthrie, son of folk icon Woody Guthrie (who named him Arlo because it seemed “a good name for a professional”), attended the private coed boarding school where Alice was a librarian;…

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