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Issue No. 22

The View from Here

We have pension envy…

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The Man Who Played with Fire The curious moral trajectory of David Boies

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Instagrinch All she wants for Christmas is for you to stop sharing. Now

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Randy Andy: Next Chapters In the aftermath of Air Mail’s explosive story on the Duke of York last week, the author assesses the prince’s delicate situation

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#MeToo-sur-Seine Filmmaker Luc Besson is facing legal woes from le cinq-à-sept and, worse, le neuf-à-cinq

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Donald Trump’s Completely Unverified London Diary The “stable genius” becomes a laughingstock

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Secret Passions

America’s Next Top Model Now in its 23rd year, this American city is ready for its close-up—as is its surprise builder!


Introducing the 2019 International Best-Dressed List The most far-flung group to date, thanks to the inspired and enthusiastic voting of Air Mail readers

It’s a Wonderful Strife Brits are battling over which is better: a department store’s costly Christmas ad or a modest one for a small family-owned shop. Vote here to settle the dispute

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EPISODE IV: “The Clue Lay in the Outsider Art!” Still more correspondence from Lansy Everett, formerly of the New York Herald Tribune, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue, Worth, and Harper’s Bazaar

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Back in the U.S.S.R.

As he was founding the Ballets Russes, Sergey Diaghilev had an aesthetic and political problem to solve: which Russia to present to an international audience? More than a century later, there remains a distinction between artists who intend their work for a Russian audience and those with an eye on the rest of the world. The contemporary painter Andrey Remnev knows this history well, and is unafraid to plant his brush in the former category. READ ON

Andrey Remnev’s Battlefield. A collection of the painter’s work is on display at the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome, until December 30.

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An Open-and-Shut Case Grand larceny and the secret of the spying oysters

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Little Luxuries

Peer into the miniaturized splendor of any of the Thorne Rooms and I dare you not to swoon. The near-hypnotic lure of these mini mundi comes from their magical intersection of scale and skill. When shrunk, even the most quotidian object—a vase, a lamp, a copper pot—is transformed into a precious talisman that inspires fascination and awe. READ ON

Actual size: the seasonal trimmings of the Holiday Thorne Rooms are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago until January 7.

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Our Own Titanic Moment To visualize the stakes of the climate emergency, think about the fabled ship: dangerously little time remains to correct course

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Small Talk
“Today was absolutely horrific. I just need to go relax with a cup of tea and a true-murder podcast.”

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Luke Edward Hall The millennial artist incorporates history and a singular vision into his irresistible designs

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Small Talk
“Oh, no, Tom is drunk.”
Open Book

Sometimes, Bigger Is Better Never-before-seen Avedon, a Trump-free Palm Beach, Helmut’s nudes: everyone loves a beautiful coffee-table book, and this year options abound

B. J. Novak So much more than a children’s book: on metafiction for kids

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Mag Men

by Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser
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Escape from Rome

by Walter Scheidel
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Home Now

by Cynthia Anderson
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Murder, They Wrote

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Small Talk

First Love Little-known correspondence from Elizabeth Bishop offers a glimpse into the poet’s romantic life

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Ask Richard

Before I start shopping for holiday gifts online, do you have a list of favorite little shops of wonder around the world—those one-of-a-kind, off-the-grid places that still pride themselves on heritage, provenance, and artisanal craftsmanship?

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Small Talk
“If Basquiat painted it, you wouldn’t say the naïveté seems forced.”

House Wine! The smart (and cheapish) way to create a great home cellar

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Small Talk
“I couldn’t make it here, so I’m going to try Boston.”

Romanian Holiday Bucharest’s Athénée Palace Hotel mixes old-world elegance and Cold War intrigue

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Lucette Destouches Céline’s muse tended to the author’s rather complicated legacy during 58 years of widowhood

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A Very Air Mail Dinner Surprise Frank Bruni’s perfect meat loaf

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Is Edited By

Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

Deputy Editors

Chris Garrett Michael Hainey George Kalogerakis Nathan King

Design Director

Angela Panichi

Chief Technology Officer

John Tornow

Books Editor

Jim Kelly

Arts Intel Report Editor

Laura Jacobs

Style Editor

Ashley Baker

Articles Editor

Ash Carter

Senior Editor

Julia Vitale


Cazzie David Emma Freud Walter Isaacson
Pico Iyer John Lahr James Wolcott

Photo Director

Ann Schneider

Cartoon Editor

Bob Mankoff

Music Supervisor

Randall Poster

Assistant Editors

Elena Clavarino Clementine Ford Alex Oliveira

International Editor

Isabelle Harvie-Watt

London Editor

Bridget Arsenault

Copy Editor

Adam Nadler

Photo Editor

Emine Gozde Sevim

Production Editor

H. Scott Jolley

Associate Editor

Elinor Schneider

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Keenan

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Davis

Brand Partnerships

Anjali Lewis

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Integrated Marketing Manager

Madeline Spates


Eshaan Jain

Issue No. 22
December 14, 2019
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Issue No. 22
December 14, 2019

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