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Hot Topic Ever since Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, there has been speculation about their relationship

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Leave the Gun, Take the Cocktail In an excerpt from his upcoming memoir, a maître d’hôtel for Brooklyn’s River Café recalls getting on the wrong side of a Gotti mobster


Man of Letters The British painter Lucian Freud’s correspondence, collected in a new book, includes postcards, sketches, and love letters

When the Lights Go Out All Over Europe An argument over pasta in Rome speaks of a winter of discontent across the whole of Europe

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Bohemian Rhapsody The artist Duncan Hannah’s unpublished 1980s diaries chronicle his run-ins with everyone from Bowie and Basquiat to Warren Beatty and a precocious call girl

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“Why Can’t You Write Normal?” Kathy Acker’s journey from daughter of Sutton Place to genre- and gender-bending cult novelist

In Colder Blood In Deliberate Cruelty, Roseanne Montillo explores the high-society murder that obsessed Truman Capote


Murder, They Wrote As the holiday season approaches, gifts for mystery book–lovers of every type

All Roads Lead to Paolo Di Paolo Ahead of a new movie by Bruce Weber on the forgotten photographer and chronicler of postwar Italy, we collect some of his most memorable pictures

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Gifts for the Cinephile This holiday season, set the mood—and spread the cheer—with AIR SUPPLY’s premier gift guide, especially edited for the film lovers on your list

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The Nine Lives of Corner Bistro From a gay bar to a butcher shop with a speakeasy in back, the raucous history behind the much-loved West Village burger hangout

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