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August 17 2019
Issue No. 5

It Was a Dicey Week for …

… great swaths of populations, in all kinds of terrible ways. Significant numbers of millennials told pollsters they have no friends (22 percent) or often feel lonely (30 percent), higher figures than of any other generation. Monsoons tragically uprooted more than a million people in India and Pakistan, devastating towns and villages and killing hundreds. And while Great Britain’s annual tally suggests that butterflies have turned out in strong numbers this summer—more painted ladies and red admirals than you can shake a net at, if you’re so inclined—the long-term climate picture, lepidoptera-wise, is much darker.

There’s more: Thousands of protesters occupied…

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The View from Here

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Crimea Workers of the World, Recreate What did you do on your summer vacation? If you were one of 45,000 kids whose parents are fans of… Italy No Olive Alive? Italy’s multi-billion-dollar olive-oil industry is threatened with destruction from “olive tree leprosy,” a deadly bacterial disease… Representation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in France during the 30s. Germany The Real Snow White? A recently discovered tombstone of an 18th-century baroness has been confirmed to be that of… Greece Advantage, Nadal Realizing that your tennis this summer has been a bit … sub-par? Maybe you want to improve your game?… China A New Panda Reserve China has begun to set the boundaries for the 10,476-square-mile Giant Panda National Park, U.K. Lawrence of Suburbia In an effort to prevent T. E. Lawrence’s childhood home from possibly being torn down… Crimea Workers of the World, Recreate What did you do on your summer vacation? If you were one of 45,000 kids whose parents are fans of… Italy No Olive Alive? Italy’s multi-billion-dollar olive-oil industry is threatened with destruction from “olive tree leprosy,” a deadly bacterial disease… Representation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in France during the 30s. Germany The Real Snow White? A recently discovered tombstone of an 18th-century baroness has been confirmed to be that of… Greece Advantage, Nadal Realizing that your tennis this summer has been a bit … sub-par? Maybe you want to improve your game?… China A New Panda Reserve China has begun to set the boundaries for the 10,476-square-mile Giant Panda National Park, U.K. Lawrence of Suburbia In an effort to prevent T. E. Lawrence’s childhood home from possibly being torn down…
Man at work: Pierre Casiraghi aboard the Malizia II, his monohull racing boat.

Gentleman Trawler Pierre Casiraghi squires teenage eco-warrior Greta Thunberg to New York on his zero-emission boat

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Consensual smut: hot enough for you?

The PG-Spot The author knows ethical porn when she sees it

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Dubai What I Say,
Not as I Do

The jilted ruler of the Arab state demands happiness by fiat
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When in Rome

Andy Warhol anointed the Bulgari boutique at Via dei Condotti 10, Rome, a “museum.” Elizabeth Taylor could be forgiven for thinking it her own private candy store, where with violet eyes she swooned over the sumptuous emeralds and diamonds her new lover, Richard Burton, bestowed upon her. READ ON

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Have Gall, Will Travel

Tom Price tries to raid his former congressional campaign’s coffers
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Franz Marc's Tower of Blue Horses, missing but not necessarily gone.

Hitler’s Blue Period

Completed in the spring of 1913, Tower of Blue Horses is considered one of the great masterpieces of German Expressionism and one of the artist Franz Marc’s finest works. It’s a monumental painting—measuring six feet, six inches by four feet, three inches—that depicts four thundering blue horses said to represent the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Beautiful and ominous, it reflects Marc’s use of bold color and form, and imagery of animals in nature, to capture the spiritual truth of reality. It was painted as Marc was experimenting with letting go completely of form and is significant as an early harbinger of abstraction. READ ON


Summertime Hues

“How does a place impact the work of an abstract artist?” the curator Elizabeth A. T. Smith asked herself as she put together “Abstract Climates: Helen Frankenthaler in Provincetown,” an exhibition of more than 30 paintings and works on paper that Frankenthaler produced during a decade of Provincetown summers from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. READ ON

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Joss Sackler: soldiering on.

Last Sackler Standing Joss Sackler wants her clothing line to be the next great fashion brand. But does anyone want to buy what the Sacklers are selling?

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Hal Prince in London at the Adelphi Theatre during rehearsals for A Little Night Music, 1975.

“He Was the Spirit of Musical Theater. Irreplaceable.” Hal Prince, as remembered by his longtime choreographer Pat Birch

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Jody Hill (left) and Danny McBride at the Hollywood offices of their production company, Rough House Pictures.

The Id of HBO Bill Murray had Harold Ramis. Danny McBride has Jody Hill, who discusses the duo’s “misunderstood-angry-man trilogy”

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The Unpublished Verse
of Donald Trump

“I think that I shall never see,
a poem lovely as a wall … ”
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Gemma Arterton as Vita Sackville-West and Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf.

Sapphistry Something’s wrong with the
depiction of the love affair
in Vita & Virginia

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Point to Point


In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dalí

by Sue Roe
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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

by Olga Tokarczuk
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Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream

by Nicholas Lemann
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Jared Harris Shares the standouts on his bookshelf

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Ask Victoria

Dear Victoria,

Is there a nice place to go in Sardinia with good food and clear blue water that isn’t the Costa Smeralda?

Gratefully,
Barbara

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Moskito, in the British Virgin Islands.

Moskito Coast The billionaires’ island that’s making Mustique look like the Jersey Shore

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The "Chiara" pleated linen midi dress, photographed in Cetara, a small fishing village on Italy's Amalfi Coast.

Gioia Bini Channel Italian summer all year long in this young designer’s dresses alla Fiorentina

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