The Weekender: Sean Paul, supermodels, Americans in Europe


An interview with Sean Paul. Also: how tourists can blend in with European locals, and why a new debate over beauty standards has ignited.

Times editors have handpicked 11 stories for you to enjoy. Welcome to The Weekender.


Photo illustration by Bráulio Amado

Matthieu Ricard is an ordained Buddhist monk and an internationally best-selling author of books about altruism, animal rights, happiness and wisdom.


Thanassis Stavrakis/Associated Press

As large numbers of American tourists visit Europe during a record-hot summer, their efforts to stay cool are running up against cultural norms.


Grant Cornett for The New York Times

PFAS lurk in so much of what we consume and use. Scientists are only beginning to understand how they affect health — and what to do about them.


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Xuxa was once Brazil’s biggest television star. Now, many are wondering whether a thin, blond white woman was the right idol for such a diverse country.


Abdul Kircher for The New York Times

At 17, Donnell Drinks was one of many young men in Philadelphia who went to prison for life without parole. Then came a ruling that could change things for hundreds like him.


For more than 100 years, a painting of three white children held a secret: The figure of an enslaved child had been painted out. But who was he? And why was he erased?


Cydni Elledge for The New York Times

Much about Ozempic, Wegovy and other drugs remains shrouded in mystery, but they could change how society thinks about obesity.


Naila Ruechel for The New York Times

For more than 20 years, he has taught generations to let loose on the dance floor. He’s not stopping anytime soon.


Rafael Pavarotti/Vogue

The cover of Vogue’s September issue has ignited a new debate about beauty standards.


Illustrations by Pola Maneli

It had barely a dozen followers, but the discovery of its racist posts turned a Bay Area community against itself — and changed students’ lives forever.


Francesco Lastrucci

Street food and medieval churches meet natural wine bars and compelling new museums in Sicily’s capital.


Thanks for reading.

This edition of The Weekender was edited by Jaclyn Reiss.


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