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3 Tips to Have Better Conversations

3 Tips to Have Better Conversations

Don’t enter a conversation with the intent of leaving everyone in stitches, unless you're a professional comedian.
How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross

How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross

Terry Gross says that “Tell me about yourself” is the only ice-breaker you’ll ever need.

power moves: An Illustrated Guide to Making People Get Lost

It’s the holiday season, when every sad gathering with nonnatural wine seems to carry the same weight as your best friend’s wedding. Here is how to say no without having your life explode in a fiery
P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

P.M. Forni, the director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, in his office in Baltimore in 2007. “Acts of violence are often the result of an exchange of acts of rudeness that
P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

P.M. Forni, the director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, in his office in Baltimore in 2007. “Acts of violence are often the result of an exchange of acts of rudeness that
P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

P.M. Forni, Who Argued for ‘Choosing Civility,’ Dies at 67

P.M. Forni, the director of the Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, in his office in Baltimore in 2007. “Acts of violence are often the result of an exchange of acts of rudeness that

Social Q’s: What’s Wrong With Books for Christmas?

A reader defies her sister-in-law’s holiday wish lists — and faces the consequences.
Showmanship, and Conflict, as Darts Goes From Smoky Pubs to TV Spectacle

Showmanship, and Conflict, as Darts Goes From Smoky Pubs to TV Spectacle

At times, a dart match can seem more like a rowdy frat party than a sporting event. Here, fans celebrate during the World Championship at the Alexandra Palace in London this month.

Social Q’s: Our Daughter’s Rich Friends Are Driving Me Nuts

We let her go to an expensive private college. Now we’re not only paying tuition, but we’re also hearing about all her classmates’ luxuries.

Social Q’s: My Boyfriend Wants to Sleep In. So What?

Our advice columnist weighs in on a roommate dispute over a new boo.