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August 10 2019
Issue No. 4

It Was a Week for …

… platitudes and bromides, beginning as it did with the murder of 31 people in two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton—or, as Joe Biden initially had it, in Michigan and Houston. Not to be outdone, President Trump asked that “God bless the memory of those who perished in Toledo.” Meanwhile, Heidi and Ted Cruz were “praying for the victims & their families,” as were Mitch McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao. (Soon enough, people were presumably praying for McConnell, who fell at home and fractured his shoulder. Rand Paul was also hospitalized, for the removal of part of a lung. No, it was not a good week to be a senator from Kentucky.)…

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The View from Here

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Bass-ackwards.

Class Clown How Boris Johnson uses education and privilege to taunt the toffs and play to the yobs

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This is not the invitation. But it was inspired by an actual gun-decorated poster at the event.

Glock Party Celebrities flock to fête the inventor of a killer handgun

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Protesters in Hong Kong react after police fire tear gas at them, August 2019.

The China Syndrome Rebels armed with apps, grocery-bag ties, and surfboard shields

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The Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta.

Art on Four Wheels At $70 million, the Ferrari 250 GTO sells for almost as much as a Jeff Koons. But: you can drive it

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The (Oval) Office

Swamp Creature

Forgotten but not gone, Scott Pruitt, the disgraced former E.P.A. chief, is still shilling for coal
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The new Pastis, under construction.

Miracle on Gansevoort Street
Keith McNally has reopened Pastis in Lower Manhattan—a wonder, given his recent run of terrible luck

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Prints for the People

Britain isn’t always remembered for modernist art, but a new exhibition at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery makes you wonder why. “Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking” celebrates the bold, half-forgotten figures of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. Founded after the First World War and closed at the onset of the Second, Grosvenor was briefly the country’s fiercest champion of linocut, the linoleum-based printmaking technique that first appeared in 1900s Germany but failed to catch on across the Channel. The same qualities that made linocut unpopular in other English schools—newness, cheapness, simplicity, versatility—allowed it to flourish at Grosvenor. Claude Flight, who taught most of the artists in this show, called it “an art of the people.” READ ON

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Dave Brown, photographed in Woodland Hills, California, on August 5, 2019.

Dave Brown The Hollywood maverick who hosts a film festival—every single week

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Murder victim Billy Balls and his girlfriend, Rebecca, in the East Village, early 1980s.

Not Your Ordinary Radioactive Meatball
Also: true and true-enough crime series to latch on to, set in L.A. and N.Y.

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Relative Quasi Image, 1996. "Dóra Maurer" is on view at the Tate Modern through July 5, 2020.

Still Processing

The artist Dóra Maurer, now 82, is celebrated in Hungary, but outside her native country most don’t know her name. Maurer cut her teeth during the Cold War 60s and 70s, and was a pioneer among Eastern Europe’s fledgling avant-garde. For much of that time she led a double life, as the system forced one to, producing figurative paintings in line with Soviet doctrine while going off the grid with experimental, conceptual, and minimalist films, photographs, prints, drawings, and reliefs—work that is, in a word, cerebral. READ ON

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Skrebneski’s Lens


Gurinder Chadha On the memoirs that altered her worldview

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Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir speak to journalists after being released from a police station in Paris, following their arrest for distributing "La Cause de Peuple," 1970.

Beauvoir Revisited A new book offers a second take on The Second Sex

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Prince Albert: The Man Who Saved the Monarchy

by A. N. Wilson
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Inland

by Téa Obreht
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Three New Mysteries

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The Fatal Passion of Alma Rattenbury

by Sean O'Connor
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“I Was the First Person Allowed into Susan Sontag’s Secret Archives”

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Bella Hadid was among the many top models who graced Tomo Koizumi's runway debut, at New York Fashion Week.

You’re Not Supposed to Wear It! But no matter—designer Tomo Koizumi still gets all the likes

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Museums, hotels, nightcaps—Richard David Story tackles the very best of Berlin.

Ask Richard

Dear Richard,

I’m on my way to Düsseldorf for some very dull business, but I’d much rather be in Berlin for some very un-dull culture. If I route through Berlin, I’ll be able to spend a day there.

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Pickup trucks ferry visitors across Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan.

Petra or Bust A four-day, 33-mile hike through the Jordan Trail

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Give Peace a Chance

Colby Mugrabi heads to Madrid.

Wish You Were Here
Colby Mugrabi packs for Madrid

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Deep-Summer Playlist

Here in the homestretch of summer, it’s smooth sailing. Overheating strategies devised, grilling skills on point. Time to get groovy AF. This Life! Special shout-out to the Meters, R.I.P. Art Neville

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