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November 16 2019

Issue No. 18

The View from Here

Ambassador Gordon Sondland. It has a nice ring to it…

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Dave Eggers Takes On Donald Trump A conversation about his new book—and what Obama gets right about our current culture

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The Sex App Ferly, the digital platform that tells you everything you wanted to know about libido and “self-pleasure”

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Reefer Madness Pot dealers literally go underground to tend a $50 million cannabis farm below the center of London

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Inside the C.I.A.’s Tortured Logic Why did the agency give two idiots $80 million in taxpayer money for illegal torture ideas? The writer and director of The Report shares his unredacted thoughts

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Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes and Raymundo de Larrain, photographed in 1961 by Richard Avedon.
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Rootless Metropolitan A foreign correspondent retraces E. B. White’s 1949 love letter to the city he left, Here Is New York

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"I assure you, Chuck is completely stable—no need to question his sanity. Nope, perfectly fine. Better than fine—great! Chuck's doing great. Now onto the quarterly report."

Flood Zone Venice, its masterpieces, and its gondolas are underwater and floundering

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Sir Spankalot A knighted British retail billionaire who partied with Beyoncé and Leonardo DiCaprio now faces ruin and misdemeanor-assault charges

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Last Call
In his new venture, Exit Here, Oliver Peyton brings his velvet-rope, nightlife-impresario approach to the funeral business

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A Night at Karita’s

Karita Mattila has noticed something curious lately. When her rehearsals run longer than those of junior colleagues, they tend to stick around and watch. “It brings to mind when I was a student, doing master classes with the great stars or just being in the audience,” she says. “I remember everything those legends said and did. In the 37 years I’ve been in the business, I’ve had a fantastic number of awesome conductors and directors with whom I’ve learned a lot and achieved wonderful results. So I have a lot to give.” READ ON

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"Table three needs ketchup."

Dora Maar’s World

As creator or subject, the French artist Dora Maar was a part of some of the 20th century’s most arresting images. She gave us the haunting photograph of a manicured hand emerging from a seashell, set against an ominous night sky. Yet in the eyes of Pablo Picasso, her lover, who painted her rather aggressively, she was “the weeping woman.” A central figure in the Surrealist movement of the 1920s and 1930s, Maar developed a status as a muse and self-styled icon that sometimes surpassed her recognition as an artist. READ ON

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Jamie Lee Curtis Recommends the books that reckon with life’s big questions

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Jerome Robbins, by Himself

by Amanda Vaill
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Agent Jack

by Robert Hutton
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M.I.5’s Storyteller

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Palaces of Power

by Stephen Hoare
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Eat The Carmel Markets Paul Donnelly, executive chef of Chinese Tuxedo in New York, first experienced the glory of Israeli cooking… Read Literary Hub The digital answer to the trusty bookstore clerk, Literary Hub is a guide to contemporary literature, publishing excerpts… Ride GreenChamp Bike In a world of still-increasing emissions, bicycles are a traveler’s ideal. But before bike lanes can be populated… Watch Couples Therapy A marriage between psychotherapy and reality television should be doomed to fail. But Showtime’s docuseries… Write MMerch Composition Notebook Colby Mugrabi, an AIR MAIL Editor at Large, founded Minnie Muse in 2017… Listen Passable in Pink No Gen Xer who grew up watching movies can forget Addy Stevenson’s prom-related angst… Eat The Carmel Markets Paul Donnelly, executive chef of Chinese Tuxedo in New York, first experienced the glory of Israeli cooking… Read Literary Hub The digital answer to the trusty bookstore clerk, Literary Hub is a guide to contemporary literature, publishing excerpts… Ride GreenChamp Bike In a world of still-increasing emissions, bicycles are a traveler’s ideal. But before bike lanes can be populated… Watch Couples Therapy A marriage between psychotherapy and reality television should be doomed to fail. But Showtime’s docuseries… Write MMerch Composition Notebook Colby Mugrabi, an AIR MAIL Editor at Large, founded Minnie Muse in 2017… Listen Passable in Pink No Gen Xer who grew up watching movies can forget Addy Stevenson’s prom-related angst…

Out of Office A new look at Andrew Johnson’s impeachment reveals the buried truth behind the long-forgotten trial, and the eerie parallels to today’s proceedings

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St. Barth’s New Normal Can the ultra-rich really weatherproof their favorite island from the effects of climate change?

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Harry Wootliff “It’s really refreshing when someone is interested in what’s going on in your brain”—the British TV-and-film director on her road toward making movies

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Cryogenically Frozen Pizza

Good news: fresh Neapolitan pies can now travel great distances intact. Dig in
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Model City Guides: Mariana Zaragoza Takes On Mexico City

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