This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday.When I was a teenager, my mom showed me a statement that she had received in the mail from the Social Security Administration. It included an annual history of her earnings, which showed a big string of zero’s…
Following two deeply damaged siblings, each lacking a place in the world, Justin Chon’s “Ms. Purple” seems named not for a character, but for a state of mind that’s been a long time brewing.Purple is also the color of the traditional South Korean dress obediently worn one evening by Kasie (Tiffany Chu), 23, at the…
To the Editor:“On Duty Around the Clock, 27 Days a Month” (front page, Sept. 2) describes the horror of giving and getting care in this country. Working conditions for the caregivers — among the poorest and most marginalized people in the work force — are beyond nightmarish. And the scramble around making impossible decisions about…
Is Dying at Home Overrated?

Is Dying at Home Overrated?

“If time were short, where would you want to be?” As a palliative care physician, I regularly ask my patients, or their family members, where they want to die. The specific language I use depends on what they know, what they want to know and how they process information, but the basic premise is the…
DUNWOODY, Ga. — Aisha Adkins would rather have her own place, instead of living with her parents. She would also like a job, a car, a master’s degree and savings. But at 35, a decade after graduating from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro with a specialty in social services, she has had to put off…
Jones Day, one of the nation’s largest law firms, faced a harsh spotlight this year when six female lawyers filed a class-action complaint saying they had faced gender and pregnancy discrimination while working there and had been subjected to a “fraternity culture.”Now the glare has intensified, with a couple formerly employed at Jones Day charging…
The idea is to become an Amazon of transportation, a kind of one-stop shop for car, bike, scooter, bus and train trips. Doing so would help Uber draw more riders, especially as the company faces questions from Wall Street about whether it can make money and r…
People have lots of questions about Social Security: Will it still be around when I retire? How much will I get? How does the spousal benefit work?That’s not surprising. No government program is more important to so many Americans. This year, Social Security is expected to pay $1.1 trillion to 69 million recipients of retirement…
Several years ago I found myself lost one night near Big Sur, Calif. Fog encircled me, erasing the full moon that would have helped me find the path to my friend’s house. I stopped and waited, anxiety building, when suddenly I took several steps into a gap in the fog. The moon, uncovered again, revealed…
For many women, sex after menopause is not as satisfying as it used to be. But is menopause entirely to blame?New research suggests that the hormonal changes that come with menopause are only part of the reason a woman’s sex life declines with age. It’s true that many women experience symptoms after menopause, including vaginal…
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