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In the 1920s, photographer Cecil Beaton captured the glamour of London’s “Bright Young Things.”

The Saturday Essay

Countries that once saw Xi Jinping as a possible ally on global issues now find themselves resisting Beijing’s authoritarian sway.

Essay

Companies are learning that shrinking workweeks or workdays can lead to more engaged, productive employees—and more profits.

Table Talk

Fads like avocado toast are bad for farmers and make menus duller. It’s time to cultivate unfashionable tastes.

Essay

Scientists researching the new coronavirus are bypassing traditional medical journals to publish their findings more quickly online.

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A cycle of large-scale paintings by Titian will be reunited for the first time in centuries.

Editor at Large

What has brought my father to the century mark? A life defined by duty.

The Saturday Essay

People instinctively resist being forced to do things differently. Instead of pushing, try removing the barriers that stand in their way.

Historically Speaking

Tradition holds that women only propose marriage on leap days, but queens have never been afraid to take the initiative.