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August 24 2019
Issue No. 6

It Was an Awkward Week for …

… British royalty. There were revelations that Prince Harry, fresh from his inspiring lecture on climate change, flew on private jets with his wife, Meghan Markle, and son, Archie. (The couple were accused of hypocrisy; Elton John defended them; Buckingham Palace declined comment.) Video footage emerged of Prince Andrew at Jeffrey Epstein’s town house. (Buckingham Palace declined comment, then issued a statement saying that Andrew was “appalled” by Epstein’s behavior.)…

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The View from Here

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Just put your lips together and blow. Elle Fanning and Timothée Chalamet in A Rainy Day in New York.

Play With It Again, Sam We went to Paris for an exclusive look at the Woody Allen movie that Amazon dumped and no one wants Americans to see

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Emma Freud rocking her own reality.

Oculosis Our gadget columnist tests the unreal allure of virtual reality

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Sue Lyon as Lolita, 1962.

The Story of L A noted French author reimagines Nabokov’s novel from Lolita’s point of view

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The Nature Hater

Former Interior secretary Ryan Zinke is dancing with the energy lobbyists
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Succession, starring Ghislaine Maxwell

Her family makes the Roys of HBO look like the Brady Bunch
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Spanish matador José Tomás during a bullfight in Algeciras, Spain, 2007.

Seeing Red A new far-right party is using bullfighting to stir the blood of voters

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Jessica Morgan: "It's not just me."

Millennials Aren’t Having a Lot of Sex. I Know Why

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A portrait of Tennessee Williams.
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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page outside the Tower House, his home in Kensington, London.

Stairway to Hell This is what happens when rock stars don’t die young

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Tatiana Schlossberg

How Green Is Your Valley? Tatiana Schlossberg measures the carbon footprint of everyday life

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The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire on the grounds of Chatsworth in 2015.

Open House

You might recognize Chatsworth House, the Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, as Mr. Darcy’s country estate in the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Bennet. In conjunction with Sotheby’s 275-year anniversary and the opening of its expanded New York galleries, “Treasures from Chatsworth” features more than 40 masterworks from the fabled house. READ ON

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Triumphs and Laments, 2013, is one of several Kentridge works on display at the Zeitz Museum through March 2020.

History on His Mind

Printmaker? Animator? Set designer? In the grand style of the avant-garde, the artist William Kentridge has always moved across materials and media. READ ON

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Patricia Clarkson: lit from within.
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Dressing the Part

It was called, with some hope, “the war to end all wars.” Not a chance. But as often happens when the world is otherwise engaged and men are at the front, W.W. I allowed women into public life and the workforce—which meant a radical change in the way they dressed. Gone the stilted corseting of the Edwardians. Functional clothes were crucial for women driving ambulances, nursing on the front lines, running the family business. READ ON

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Laura Carlin

Ten years ago, Laura Carlin was an award-winning illustrator, creating imaginary worlds of melancholic beauty for children’s books. Then boredom set in. “There’s an illusion that if you’re doing something creative, you’re inspired all the time,” says Carlin. So she tried her hand at ceramics, hand-painting tiles with exotic animals and conjuring up funny little figures that one could imagine living under mushrooms.

In the wake of the 2008 recession, Carlin began selling her wares as a means of earning extra income. Today, she is as in-demand for her ceramics as for her illustrations. With gallery representation in her native London, as well as in Hong Kong, she works on both picture books (King of the Sky and The Promise, for example) and private commissions. READ ON


The cast of Malory Towers performs at the Passenger Shed, in Bristol. Their U.K.-wide tour finishes at the Oxford Playhouse on October 5.

Class Act

Boarding schools have always made for great drama—stories set in confined spaces have inherent tension. This is something British writer Enid Blyton saw immediately, and the reason why, beginning in 1946, she wrote Malory Towers, a series of six books based on a group of inky-fingered schoolgirls in Cornwall, England. READ ON

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The lost art of sein-sational sunbathing, as seen at the Deligny swimming pool, in Paris, 1987.

No Skin in the Game Topless tanning, one of Europe’s most cherished summer traditions, has gone missing. What gives?

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They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate

by James Verini
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Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler

by Cate Haste
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Legacy: Gangsters, Corruption and the London Olympics

by Michael Gillard
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Tangier Style


Olivia Laing On the books that cure her writer’s block

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Drive 1958 BMW Isetta 300 The Isetta is a sublime example of a quirky breed of micro-cars that briefly bloomed in postwar Europe… Download The Athletic For sports fans in the U.S., fall might be the best time of the year—baseball’s pennant races are full throttle, football is back, and N.B.A. chatter… Eat RyuGin Eric Ripert of New York’s Le Bernardin restaurant finds Tokyo to be among the world’s great gastronomic capitals… Paul Hilder (background) and Britanny Kaiser in The Great Hack, 2019, a documentary film by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim. Watch The Great Hack The Great Hack is a horror story for our times. After watching it, you’ll not only understand why it’s true that “data is the new oil”;… Make a Splash A Discreet Sink If a home renovation is on the horizon, can we suggest adding the Victoria Petite Cloakroom Basin to your punch list?… Slate Money with Felix Salmon Listen Slate Money Slate Money feels like a true-crime podcast even though it’s really about the Actual Economy. Every Saturday, Felix Salmon, a Slate writer… Drive 1958 BMW Isetta 300 The Isetta is a sublime example of a quirky breed of micro-cars that briefly bloomed in postwar Europe… Download The Athletic For sports fans in the U.S., fall might be the best time of the year—baseball’s pennant races are full throttle, football is back, and N.B.A. chatter… Eat RyuGin Eric Ripert of New York’s Le Bernardin restaurant finds Tokyo to be among the world’s great gastronomic capitals… Paul Hilder (background) and Britanny Kaiser in The Great Hack, 2019, a documentary film by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim. Watch The Great Hack The Great Hack is a horror story for our times. After watching it, you’ll not only understand why it’s true that “data is the new oil”;… Make a Splash A Discreet Sink If a home renovation is on the horizon, can we suggest adding the Victoria Petite Cloakroom Basin to your punch list?… Slate Money with Felix Salmon Listen Slate Money Slate Money feels like a true-crime podcast even though it’s really about the Actual Economy. Every Saturday, Felix Salmon, a Slate writer…

The Chef’s Guide to Puglia

Richard David Story escapes to the coast of Kenya.

Ask Richard

Dear Richard,

I don’t put that much value on bucket lists, but there’s definitely a real sense of competitive travel out there. Everyone wants to have been there first, ventured where no one else has gone, et cetera. You must have seen the entire world, no? What is the most exotic, the most remote, the most unfamiliar place you’ve encountered?

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