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Issue No. 20

The View from Here

As the holidays approach, we aren’t reflecting on the year ending so much as dreading what looms ahead. In the era of #MeToo, it’s pretty clear that Time’s Up and #ForeverTrump also mean #Fun’sOver…

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Open Season on Endangered Species

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Small Talk
“We took the Atlantic.”

Village Idiot A dot-com entrepreneur is reviled as he tries to restore his ancestral village in Devon in the style of Silicon Valley

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The Jewel in The Crown Erin Doherty is pure ebullience, even if her Princess Anne is something else entirely

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A Whale of a Show!

As one of the Great American Novels, though a commercial failure in its time, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick has been adapted often—most famously as the 1956 film directed by John Huston, featuring a screenplay Huston co-wrote with Ray Bradbury, and starring Gregory Peck as peg-legged Captain Ahab and Richard Basehart as the narrator, Ishmael. The novel has been made into comic books and a cantata; Bob Dylan cited it upon winning the 2017 Nobel Prize. Now it’s about to be a musical. READ ON

Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab in John Huston’s 1956 adaptation of Moby Dick.

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Do Not Open Before 2114 The author who shared everything in My Struggle keeps his new book under wraps for 94 years

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Ode to Power

As American an art form as the blues, modern dance was once also a protest art surreptitiously and pleasurably swathed in sensuality. For nascent feminism, there was Isadora Duncan flouncing about in Grecian drapery, and for anti-war sentiment Martha Graham offered an Amazon “specter” who gathered and dispensed trouble in the volumes of her skirt. In the early heat of the civil-rights movement, Alvin Ailey took up the political mantle simply by putting black experience onstage, replacing the prevailing cartoonish stereotypes with dances of unpronounced dignity, hard-won optimism, and pantherine power. READ ON

Alvin Ailey, photographed by Burt Glinn in 1972. On December 10, New York’s City Center hosts the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s premiere of Ode.

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EPISODE II: “Dial ‘Facebook Messages’ for Murder” More correspondence from Lansy Everett, formerly of the New York Herald Tribune, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Mademoiselle, Vogue, Worth, and Harper’s Bazaar

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“ … and the sales call was coming from inside the house!”

Where Divas Dare to Dine He’s eaten at many of the world’s great restaurants. Yet, one table has long eluded this writer: the Metropolitan Opera’s employees-only cafeteria

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Small Talk
“I begged you not to drink all that blood. Now you’ll just have to hold it until sunset.”
Open Book

The Visions of Rodney Smith

Anthony Doerr Shares the essential titles on his bookshelf

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The Cartiers

by Francesca Cartier Brickell
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The End Is Always Near

by Dan Carlin
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Staring at God

by Simon Heffer
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Small Talk

Man of Letters A new collection of Ralph Ellison’s correspondence sheds light on the life of the writer, including the
first books that influenced him

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A Very Ruthie Rogers Holiday For the impresario of London’s River Café, Christmas requires bollito misto, ample margaritas, and as many friends and family members as possible

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Kane, Eve, and Cleopatra The author of a new book on the Mankiewicz brothers reckons with an especially timely concern: Were her subjects predatory monsters?

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Small Talk
“I wrote, self-published, and remaindered it myself.”

The Man Behind Daniel Craig’s Mississippi Drawl Rian Johnson, the creator of Knives Out, reveals how he updated Hitchcock, Sleuth, and Christie

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View With a Room

A Sandy Stretch of Heaven At Vila Naiá, an off-the-radar retreat in Bahia, Brazil, natural beauty and unnaturally great service converge

Keith Schellenberg The reliably colorful laird of Eigg who married often and liked to view the world from an open-top Bentley

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Issue No. 20
November 30, 2019
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Issue No. 20
November 30, 2019

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