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October 5 2019

Issue No. 12

The View from Here

As we contemplate the latest Oval Office oil spill of venality, vulgarity, and brazen corruption, it’s hard not to pause, sigh, and wonder: What would a smarter, better educated, and less paranoid Donald Trump look like?

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They Shoot Horses
For the Stronach family, the fallout from the recent horse deaths at their Santa Anita racetrack is only part of a larger family feud with echoes of King Lear and Succession

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She Worked Hard for His Money Will Boris Johnson’s relationship with a pole-dancing American model who appeared in Naughty @ 40 lead him to prison?

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"I got into coffee for the wordplay."

A Modernist Marie Kondo

Charlotte Perriand’s first meeting with the imperious, bespectacled Le Corbusier is the stuff of architectural legend. When she, a precocious Arts Décoratifs graduate with a Josephine Baker crop, approached the great man for a job, he replied, “We don’t embroider cushions here.”

Then he and his cousin and partner, Pierre Jeanneret, saw her Bar sous le Toit, a hip space with metal stools she had confected for her tiny Saint-Sulpice apartment at the 1927 Salon d’Automne, and Le Corbusier knew he had made a mistake. He immediately offered her a spot among his devoted disciples in his interiors program.

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Dirndl Power Behind the beer-soaked scenes at the corporate-networking extravaganza known as Oktoberfest

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"I thought we said no presents!"

Renaissance Fare A 1518 receipt supports the claim that La Campana in Rome, favored by Caravaggio and Keith Richards, is the world’s oldest restaurant

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Palette Pleaser

When in London, it’s always a pleasure to duck into the Chris Beetles Gallery, on Ryder Street, but until November 2 there’s a special reason it’ll be worth a pause in your day: an exhibition devoted to the important landscape painter Albert Goodwin (1845–1932). Primarily a watercolorist, the prolific Goodwin, who was influenced by Turner, Whistler, and the Pre-Raphaelites, produced some 800 works, many of them landscapes, and many of those based on his extensive travels, including trekking through Europe with the critic John Ruskin. READ ON

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Protest or Die? Extinction Rebellion argues that radical, mass nonviolent civil disobedience is the only way to change current climate policies. On October 7, they’re going global

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Da'Vine Joy Randolph, who stars as the 1970s comedian Lady Reed in Dolemite Is My Name.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph

Dolemite Is My Name struts into theaters this weekend with Eddie Murphy in top form, making a long-awaited return to R-rated material and playing a real-life character for the first time. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, it tells the true story of Rudy Ray Moore, a pudgy, middle-aged wannabe comic and singer—a contemporary of Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx—who strikes gold when he creates a foulmouthed, smack-talking alter ego: Dolemite.

What follows is a film within a film, as Moore self-funds a Dolemite movie with a ragtag group of cohorts (think The Disaster Artist or Ed Wood) that becomes a record-making success and a blaxploitation cult classic. It’s a rollicking good time, a salute to one man’s determination to make it in an industry that would not make room for him. READ ON

" ... two nations, under God ... "

Stately Hellhole

In a 100-room Palladian palace, the Marquess of Hertford makes his son sleep on an air mattress
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Face It

by Debbie Harry
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Older Brother

by Mahir Guven
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Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War’s Most Audacious Espionage Operation

by Steve Vogel
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"Welcome, I'm—never mind, it doesn't matter."

Chronicling Harlem


André Bishop On the first books he loved

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The Magic Touch Harry Houdini built an elaborate web of deception in his quest for immortality. Nearly a century after his death, his biographer notes, the myths have corroded but his legend lives on

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Sumptuous Maximalism


Trunk Club Tanner Krolle, the British purveyor of bespoke trunks, is now bringing its ultra-luxury leather goods to a (slightly) wider audience

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Artie Shaw, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, the Ink Spots … et Charles Trenet!

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