Critic’s Notebook: The Mideasterner, TV’s Most Flexible Genre

Critic’s Notebook Mark Strong plays a former spy whose family becomes collateral damage in the new British TV drama “Deep State.”CreditEpix Maybe it’s the demographics, the colonial relationships or the shorter flying times to London. Maybe it’s because British television producers and writers leave the house more. Whatever the reason, British TV drama has a …

Ties: A ‘Just Say No’ Dad’s Struggle in the Land of ‘Just Say Yes’

Ties When Washington decided to embrace marijuana, it felt as if the electorate had conspired to legalize arson, or dropped the drinking age to 14. CreditGiselle Potter My older son was in eighth grade when he got home from a day of skateboarding, glassy-eyed and dopey, and fell asleep on the couch. For two hours. …

Red Flags Among the Roses. What Will Happen on ‘The Bachelorette’?

Lincoln Adim and Becca Kufrin on “The Bachelorette.” He was convicted last month on a charge he groped a woman.CreditPaul Hebert/ABC As the fourth episode of Season 14 of “The Bachelorette” airs Monday night, millions will tune in to see which men receive roses, signifying that they will return for another show. This time, there …

On Repeat: 9 Artists on What Helps Them Get Their Work Done

On Repeat A Swiss self-hypnosis device, “30 Rock” as background noise and other habits that creative people have while on deadlines. Humans, including artists, are creatures of habit — with days punctuated by highly specific rituals. In our new series On Repeat, creative people tell us about the one thing they rely on while making …

Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: Drafting a Eulogy for Classic Rock

Q. & A. CreditSonny Figueroa/The New York Times By the end of this year, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will be a combined 150 years old. While it might be foolish to bet against the Rolling Stones touring in, say, 2025, there’s little doubt that the genre of classic rock — its practitioners, its fans, …

New York Today: New York Today: It’s Corruption Trial Season

New York Today Alain E. Kaloyeros leaving federal court in 2016.CreditChristian Hansen for The New York Times Good morning on this toasty Monday. The weather’s heating up, and so are our courts. Two major corruption trials are set to begin this week in New York, both featuring defendants who have worked closely with Gov. Andrew …

Migrant Families, World Cup, Beyoncé: Your Monday Briefing

A protest on Sunday in Elizabeth, N.J., against “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Referring to the practice of separating families, the former first lady Laura Bush said: “It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.”CreditStephanie Keith/Reuters (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: Bipartisan call …

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: What It Means to Be Loved by a Dog

By Margaret Renkl The author’s dog, Emma.CreditSusan Bryant NASHVILLE — There’s a story my husband has been telling for nearly 15 years, since not long after United States forces invaded Iraq. In a news report, American soldiers were going door to door with bomb-sniffing dogs, trying to persuade the citizens of Baghdad to adopt a …