Petra Kvitova: ‘I’ll never forget the attack but I’m trying to love my new hand’

The grisly details of the terrifying knife attack that turned Petra Kvitova’s life upside down almost exactly a year ago are barely comprehensible. Watching her on the practice courts at the Sparta Praha Tennis Club, it is almost impossible to detect the effects from injuries so severe some experts believed the two-times Wimbledon champion would …

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Thought Freestyles for 10 Minutes and 11 More New Songs

Black Thought of the Roots freestyled for more than 10 minutes on Funkmaster Flex’s radio show.CreditMarta Perez/European Pressphoto Agency Every Friday, pop critics for The New York Times weigh in on the week’s most notable new songs and videos — and anything else that strikes them as intriguing. This week, Lin-Manuel Miranda starts his Hamildrops …

How to Avoid a White-Knuckle Drive on Black Ice

Cars damaged in a crash after freezing rain fell near Ferrières, France, in January 2013. Xavier Leoty/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images What two words can inspire more fear in drivers in wintertime than “mixed precipitation”? Perhaps “black ice,” the slick patches that can form unpredictably and almost invisibly because they blend in with the asphalt. …

Tony Blair: ‘The whole country has been pulled into this Tory psychodrama over Europe’

The last time I met Tony Blair in person, I got quite a shock. It was two years after he had left Downing Street, and the former prime minister resembled nothing so much as Francis Maude done up as a drag queen. Plucked and buffed, caked in makeup, his whole face gurned and twitched, the …

‘I felt elated that I’d done something’: first-time activists on a year of protest

There is a saying known as the Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Its origins are hazy, and not rooted in ancient Chinese wisdom, but it gets repeated in times of turbulence. Robert Kennedy famously used it in a speech to students in Cape Town in 1966, when he called on them to …