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December 21 2019

Issue No. 23

The View from Here

Paul Newman was a man of many parts: Oscar-winning actor, race-car driver, political activist, environmentalist, and philanthropist. But he used to say that one of his proudest achievements was discovering his name on Nixon’s “enemies list.”…

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Mein Campf! The scandalous Hitler-diaries fiasco nearly brought down three major news organizations

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“Ironically, all the guys from the hunting lodge were on the ‘Nice’ list.”

Far-Left = Left Out The collapse of Labour is a stark reminder of what will go wrong when a party (that’s you, Democrats) puts ideological purity above people and pragmatism

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“How Do I Sew a Button On?” For Gen Z: the hottest college trend? “Adulting” classes, where kids learn skills Mommy and Daddy forgot to teach them

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The Eyes and Ears of Expressionism

Need a breather from December’s unrelenting holiday cheer, not to mention sugarplums? The Metropolitan Opera offers an ideal respite with its new production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, which premieres this coming week. A new Wozzeck is a highlight on any cultural calendar, and this iteration is designed and directed by the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge, whose recent work at the Met has included lively, image-soaked productions of two other 20th-century operatic cornerstones, Berg’s Lulu and Dmitri Shostakovich’s The Nose.

Running concurrently at the Neue Galerie, just across Central Park, is an essential exhibition of work by the German Expressionist painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. READ ON

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Impeachment-Palooza With disequilibrium the order of the day, some podcasts make smart, entertaining sense of it all

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“What I’m hearing is that you love them, but, in the future, you’d like me to prioritize bags of money.”

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Saving Whales Is More Important than Planting Trees

Restoring them to their pre-hunting numbers could capture 1.7 billion tons of CO2 annually
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Why Are We Still Loving Friends? It’s the most streamed show on Netflix. Teenagers quote its jokes—even though it is 25 years old. So what explains its appeal?

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Luck of the Draw


Prima Time Francesca Hayward arrives in Cats, Coppélia, and Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words

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“I just got something off his registry.”

The Underground


EPISODE V: “Nothing Changes in Palm Beach” A little more correspondence from Lansy Everett, formerly of the New York Herald Tribune, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar

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Master and Commander The U.S.S. Lincoln projects American sea power on a small speck off the coast of Newfoundland

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Little Woman Florence Pugh is a kick playing the least likable March sister in Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel

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No, Virginia, There Isn’t a Santa Claus! Revisiting a Spy piece that proved, once and for all, scientifically, what no child wanted to hear

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Apollonia Poilâne The woman behind the legendary Paris bakery recommends the best cookbooks

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Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe

by Rory MacLean
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The Mutations

by Jorge Comensal
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The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

by Orlando Figes
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First Impressions A new book remembers more than a decade spent in the orbit of Beckett and de Beauvoir. Here, its author describes her early encounters with the literary stars

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Mother Superior

The “Annunciation” refers to the moment in the New Testament when an angel pays a visit to a young woman of Nazareth and “announces” that she will give birth to the child of God. The angel is Gabriel. The child is Jesus. The woman is Mary, or Maria, or Miriam. Greeks call her Theotokos, or “God-bearer.” Muslims recognize Maryam, for the episode is recorded in the Koran. Generations of Catholic schoolchildren, hastily praying the Hail Mary, called her “Holy-Mary-Mother-of-God”—and the words of the prayer, murmured in church or declaimed over the school P.A. system, are the ones Gabriel is said to have uttered 2,000 years ago: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” READ ON

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A Designer at His Peak Take it from Daniel Craig: Massimo Alba’s molto stylish micro-chalet is a store to fly for

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A Very Air Mail Holiday Alessandra Stanley’s ideal salmon canapé

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“Oh wow, Countdown to End Times calendar. No, Dean, I don’t already have one. Um, Happy New Year to you too.”
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