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July 2017

How to Hang a 28-Foot-Tall Masterpiece

By | July 24th, 2017|

A 17th-century painting that towers almost three stories high has the Metropolitan Museum of Art rolling out the red carpet with a handful of scissor lifts and more than 16,000 pounds of sand. The picture, [...]

In Joshua Tree, Two Giant New Works of Art

By | July 24th, 2017|

FROM AN ADJACENT dirt road near California’s Joshua Tree National Park, the two concrete buildings seem both ominous and ordinary. Some people might not even notice them. “There are so many peculiar things in the [...]

'Phelps vs. Shark,' Reviewed by a Shark

By | July 24th, 2017|

First of all, the shark’s name is Larry. The great Michael Phelps lost to a shark named Larry. When the Journal asked me to review Sunday night’s televised, hugely-hyped “Phelps vs. Shark” race on the [...]

Jordan Spieth Wins the British Open

By | July 23rd, 2017|

SOUTHPORT, England -- Jordan Spieth won the British Open after a roller coaster final round. Spieth began the day three shots up but was tied with Matt Kuchar after four holes, after bogeys on three [...]

A Fitness Plan for Plunging Into Arctic Waters

By | July 22nd, 2017|

To capture his award-winning photos, Chris Burkard has learned to find joy in Arctic waters and blizzard-like conditions. The 31-year-old self-taught photographer has a predilection for shooting surf in some of the world’s stormiest, most [...]

Why Vinyl's Boom Is Over

By | July 22nd, 2017|

Folk music duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were frustrated by the quality of vinyl LPs being produced today. So they decided to cut their records themselves. “What people do nowadays is take a digital [...]

Children Should Be Heard, but Only So Much

By | July 21st, 2017|

Any grandparent will tell you that American families have changed dramatically since the days when “father knew best,” mothers made dinner without asking for requests, and no one consulted the children about where to go [...]

A New Deal in Card Games

By | July 21st, 2017|

A simple deck of playing cards is incredibly versatile. With just 52 cards divided into four suits of 13 ordered ranks, you can play a seemingly infinite variety of games—without even adding the jokers, which [...]

What the NBA Can Learn From a WNBA All-Star

By | July 21st, 2017|

The single most important skill for any basketball player today is the ability to shoot. The sport has changed so radically in recent years that becoming a better shooter instantly means becoming more valuable—and Connecticut [...]

How Oak Makes—Or Breaks—A Wine

By | July 20th, 2017|

SOME WINE LOVERS fear it. Many winemakers overdo it. And most every wine merchant and sommelier spends lots of time explaining it. I’m talking about the relationship between wine and oak, a perennial hot topic [...]

The Diamond Shape That Is Jewelry's New Star

By | July 20th, 2017|

FIRST LET’S GET it out of the way. The baguette—the long, lean, rectangular cut of diamond—has little in common with the long, lean, crisp-crusted French loaf of the same name. The word is derived from [...]