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October 26 2019

Issue No. 15

The View from Here

“I and others sat in astonishment.”…

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Exposing Bush’s Lies about C.I.A. Torture
Daniel Jones—played by Adam Driver in The Report—is still haunted by what he learned

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From Queen Mum to Prince Overshare The latest royal drama? The tension between those who keep a stiff upper lip (Elizabeth, William, Anne, and Kate) and those who don’t (Harry, Meghan, and Charles)

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Going Dutch

Van Gogh’s still lifes are never still. Heightened color and visceral drawing wrestle, interweave, and beautifully assault us. We ride the Dutchman’s writhing brushstrokes, which heave us as if on roiling seas, shower us like fireworks. Van Gogh knew the punch his pictures packed. “You will receive a big still life of potatoes,” he wrote to his brother, Theo, in 1885, going on to explain how he tried to get palpable mass, body, “to express the material in such a way that they become heavy, solid lumps—which would hurt you if they were thrown at you, for instance.” READ ON

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The #MeToo Minefield In The Problem with Everything, Meghan Daum finds herself caught in the middle of the culture wars

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Why Talk to a Pariah?
I’ve never met one I didn’t like and I just wanted to understand

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Grifter of the Goop Set Belle Gibson knew just how to dupe the wellness-worried

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Fifty Shades of “Grey”

The gray tones in Julie Mehretu’s paintings pack more of a punch than most artists’ entire palettes. They’re never idle or neutral; often they crackle with heat. Even when relegated to the background they seem like the raw material from which color is made. When Mehretu called a series of paintings “Grey Area,” the title didn’t suggest ambiguity so much as coiled potential. READ ON

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How to Write a Business Memoir
The world would be a better place imparted with your vital insights and uncanny corporate acumen. Wouldn’t it?

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National Capitalism

A picturesque German town with local growth industries: hospitality, concerts, and neo-Nazi tat. It also might be a key to the future of the country
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Medieval Plastic Robert Harris’s new novel is set after modern civilization collapses and the world reverts to the Dark Ages

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Don’t Pass Him By
The ever cheerful Ringo Starr has a new album—improbably titled What’s My Name—and a lot to say about drumming, photography, and that band …

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Power Dressing The estate of the Queen’s dressmaker will be auctioned at Amersham Auction Rooms, in Buckinghamshire, on October 31

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Tokini Peterside “I have spent most of my career being a bridge between artists and the business world,” says the founder of Art X Lagos

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Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years

by Julie Andrews
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Me

by Elton John
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Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

by Thomas Chatterton Williams
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Short List

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Neil deGrasse Tyson The astrophysicist and author on the last books he picked up, and the one he couldn’t finish

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Genius Loves Company The author of the first account of Einstein’s British entanglement unveils the physicist’s unlikely
English-countryside hosts

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Paris Picture Show

If you want to get hifalutin about it, his full handle, complete with title, is Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg, fifth Baronet—an impressive mouthful. Known to us more modestly as Michael Lindsay-Hogg, he made his imprint as a film-and-stage director who placed himself at the service of the material, however volatile and unruly, and let the action breathe within the frame. READ ON

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Joyce Cansfield Revered Times crossword creator also excelled at Scrabble and Alpine skiing

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