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October 12 2019

Issue No. 13

The View from Here

Well, you can scratch “mandate of Heaven” from the Chosen One’s résumé. Thanks to his latest deft diplomatic maneuvering, President Trump has forfeited that accreditation…

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A $450 Million Snub

I first saw the Salvator Mundi on April 27, 2005. A longtime friend, an art historian and dealer in Italian Old Master paintings, brought it to the apartment I shared with my husband, Mario Modestini. He had just received it from a New Orleans auction house and was hoping that I would agree to restore it. As is now well known, the Salvator Mundi was later recognized as a lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, and in 2017 it became the most expensive painting ever sold, bringing in $450.3 million at auction at Christie’s. READ ON

Mikhail Khodorkovsky in London. The former oil tycoon fell afoul of the Kremlin and went to prison.

The Oligarch Who Spent 10 Years in Putin’s Gulag

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"The tab was all that remained in this world that kept us civilized and with a sense of shame."

Me and My Shadow Lost without the Instagram Following tab

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Boris Johnson in 2003, when his day jobs included Conservative M.P. and editor of The Spectator.

Boris Johnson’s Ishtar The British prime minister’s hitherto undiscovered and very un-woke movie treatment

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Timothée Chalamet as Henry V in The King.

Once More unto the Breach In Henry V, Timothée Chalamet tries to fill the sabbatons of Olivier and Branagh

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A Brueghel's-eye view: the Serra Pelada gold mine, Brazil, 1986.
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Jim Carter as Mr. Carson, Raquel Cassidy as Miss Baxter, Kevin Doyle as Mr. Molesley, Phyllis Logan as Mrs. Hughes, and Brendan Coyle as Mr. Bates—presumably between scenes.

Downton Abbey: The Five-Minute Version
Condensed, with perhaps one or two liberties taken. Still, the reading time is 118 minutes less than the film’s running time

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Bronze Age. Iron Age.
Now, the Plastic Age

Congratulations: your garbage has entered Earth’s fossil record
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Edwin Frank in the offices of The New York Review of Books.
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Bong Joon-ho

Parasite, the South Korean director’s new film about class warfare, triumphed at Cannes and is generating Oscar heat
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Postcard from the Alps

An irresistible look by Yves Saint Laurent, circa 1967.

Button Up! From leather peplums to houndstooth blazers, the absolute smartest jackets of the season

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Soho on Camera



Deborah Berke On the books that unite literature and architecture

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The Contender

by William J. Mann
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Deep State

by James B. Stewart
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A Savage Dreamland

by David Eimer
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Murder, They Wrote

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Martin van Meytens's Portrait of Marie Antoinette, painted shortly before she took the throne.

The Last Queen of France Marie Antoinette’s biographer on her secret plot to stop the Revolution, and what history got wrong about the monarch

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Zwirner Takes Paris

On October 16, David Zwirner will open a Paris gallery, his sixth. (He just cut the ribbon on a Hong Kong space last year, and already operates three in New York and one in London.) Brexit is no doubt central to Zwirner’s Paris play, although at first he downplayed the political reasons behind opening the space, located in the Marais, at 108 Rue Vieille du Temple, where the French gallerist Yvon Lambert once set up shop. READ ON


Monkey Business

Clockwise from top left: Vita Sackville-West and her dog at Monk's House; Virginia Woolf, circa 1920s; Woolf at home, circa 1928; Sackville-West, circa 1910.

A Room of Their Own A 1920s note from Vita to Virginia is an exercise in reassuring a lover

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