Times Public Editor Makes a Good Argument for the Existence of Trend Pieces

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Reflecting on the mockery, heated debate, and fun research projects that followed the publication of the paper's "return of the monocle" Styles story, Margaret Sullivan wrote, "While The Times’s declarations of trends can sometimes seem self-serious, overblown and out-of-touch, they also can — at their best — provoke moments of recognition and lively conversation." And for those who don't know or care about the witches of Bushwick, pubic hair grooming trends, or man buns: "Because [the articles] occasionally provide a full day’s worth of hilarity, let’s pray that they never go away." Let's.