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November 9 2019

Issue No. 17

The View from Here

Berlin, Berlin, Berlin. What about Ljubljana?…

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Unbuild the Wall The night they drove old Deutschland down

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The Polanski Affair Will American audiences ever see An Officer and a Spy after the exiled director likened his rape case to the anti-Semitic false charges leveled against Alfred Dreyfus?

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The Mikado’s Fresh Start

Ever since its premiere at London’s Savoy Theatre in 1885, The Mikado, a farce set in a daffy fantasy Japan called Titipu, has routinely been performed in yellowface, a practice increasingly untenable in any enlightened metropolis. Yet, demand for this ninth of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operettas—with hits like “A wand’ring minstrel I,” “Three little maids from school,” and so many more—shows no sign of waning. What to do? READ ON

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The Most Important Man on Earth David Attenborough is beloved in Britain, and, at 93, a global star. Now he’s sounding alarms about the planet. Is he too late?

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"The press briefings have picked up since they added the laugh track."

Throne for a Loss Why do the royals keep falling for moneyed mountebanks and billionaire bounders?

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Here’s to You, Mr. Nichols


Prescription Dubs
Can you tell your pharmaceuticals from your pop stars? Really? A quiz

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All the Senator’s Men

Bad guys have always been good for opera. They betray friends, doom lovers, and disrupt the peace—mayhem that leads to melodrama and drives a juicy plot. Composer Gregory Spears’s Fellow Travelers, set in early-1950s Washington, D.C., deploys one of the baddest guys of all, Senator Joe McCarthy, but he appears only briefly. “Opera is a very complex system, involving a lot of resources,” says Spears. “I don’t think we need to waste the resources of the orchestra telling people that McCarthy was a villain. I’m interested in complicated characters we can get close to—and I don’t want to get very close to him.” READ ON

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Inside Prison 1600 An exclusive excerpt from Melania Trump’s (completely unverified) private diary

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The Ultimate Luxury Shopping Destination

With more than 60 fabulous shops and a bevy of services, Americana Manhasset is an unparalleled shopping experience. Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Hirshleifers, London Jewelers, Hermès, Kiton, Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Tiffany & Co., Fendi, Bottega Veneta, and more reside harmoniously within a unique and exciting outdoor environment designed by renowned architect Peter Marino and landscape designers Oehme, van Sweden. Located only 20 miles from Manhattan and 50 miles from the Hamptons, Americana is conveniently situated on Long Island’s beautiful North Shore. Not nearby? Not to worry. Americana offers a complimentary Personal Shopping Service—a remarkable fashion-and-gift resource to assist you no matter where you’re located.

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“What Ho, Sergei!” Rich Russian family advertises for a butler who can shimmer like Jeeves

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Giorgia Lupi The information designer who is connecting the dots of data to generate highly covetable fashion

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Why Do Rich People Love to Shoplift? A week before he was busted for petty larceny at Kmart, a man had paid $8 million for an island in the Florida Keys

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"I'm invisible to all men."

Bowie’s Top 100 Before he died, David Bowie published a list of books that changed his life. A new volume parses through all 100 titles, including a little-remembered 1842 novel

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Lauren Groff Recommends the jewels among her preferred novels and short stories

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Margaret Thatcher

by Charles Moore
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Find Me

by André Aciman
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A Castle in Wartime

by Catherine Bailey
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I Used to Be Charming

by Eve Babitz
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Daydreams


Before Before Sunrise Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke on how they made their memorable trilogy

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"The next downtown local train has entered a rift in the space-time continuum, and will arrive in 3027."

Boccioni Ex Machina

Originally a painter, Umberto Boccioni turned to sculpture only four years before his death, in 1916, at the age of 33. Along with the rest of his futurist cohort, Boccioni was obsessed with Italy’s delayed industrialization, and in his work he sought to capture the dynamics of speed and machinery. The result was a series of abstract sculptures that express the essence of movement, filling space with a sensation of forward advance. READ ON


Deconstructing Ralph Lauren A new documentary explores the life and legacy of the man behind the mega-brand

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"I went to a school in Boston."
Shine Flashlight Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something a bit sad about formerly essential tools that have been tossed aside… Wear A Winning Rolex Through all his championships, all the times his famed wrists provided a blast of strength or the perfect soft touch… Eat Díporto Near Athens’s Central Market, far from the shadow of the Acropolis and its surrounding tourist traps… Adam Driver, Azhy Robertson and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story (2019), directed by Noah Baumbach. Watch Marriage Story If any doubt remains that Adam Driver is one of the top talents of this decade, Marriage Story puts an end to those thoughts… Shown from left: Br'er Fox (voice: James Baskett), Bobby Driscoll (as Johnny), James Baskett (as Uncle Remus), Br'er Bear (voice: Nicodemus Stewart), Luana Patten (as Ginny), Br'er Rabbit (voice: Johnny Lee) in Song of the South (1946). Listen You Must Remember This Karina Longworth is an archaeologist of Old Hollywood, weaving together movie lore and social history… Ride Garibaldi C Prohibition If you like Barolo with barbecued brisket, Garneau’s flagship bike, the Garibaldi C Prohibition, will suit you… Shine Flashlight Call us old-fashioned, but we think there’s something a bit sad about formerly essential tools that have been tossed aside… Wear A Winning Rolex Through all his championships, all the times his famed wrists provided a blast of strength or the perfect soft touch… Eat Díporto Near Athens’s Central Market, far from the shadow of the Acropolis and its surrounding tourist traps… Adam Driver, Azhy Robertson and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story (2019), directed by Noah Baumbach. Watch Marriage Story If any doubt remains that Adam Driver is one of the top talents of this decade, Marriage Story puts an end to those thoughts… Shown from left: Br'er Fox (voice: James Baskett), Bobby Driscoll (as Johnny), James Baskett (as Uncle Remus), Br'er Bear (voice: Nicodemus Stewart), Luana Patten (as Ginny), Br'er Rabbit (voice: Johnny Lee) in Song of the South (1946). Listen You Must Remember This Karina Longworth is an archaeologist of Old Hollywood, weaving together movie lore and social history… Ride Garibaldi C Prohibition If you like Barolo with barbecued brisket, Garneau’s flagship bike, the Garibaldi C Prohibition, will suit you…

Soul Sisters As an exhibition on the work of black artists hits San Francisco, the academic reflects on the show’s centerpiece: a portrait of the ex–Black Panther she shares a name with

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Rock of Ages

"Stand back, give him air."

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