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August 3 2019
Issue No. 3

It Was a Bad Week for …

Turkish sheep, one of which was earmarked for sacrifice should British P.M. Boris Johnson grace his ancestral village of Kalfat with a visit. “Boris is a real Turk,” one villager, who claims to be a Johnson cousin, told The Times of London. (Johnson’s great-great-grandfather was born in Kalfat in 1815.) The villager continued, “His hair is too messy. He needs to go and see a barber,” presumably referring to the prime minister and not the sheep…

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The View from Here

It could be argued that the bucket list, in all its wondrous shapes and forms, may well be one of the more harmful aspects of middle-aged, middle-class humanity…

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His horrific murder spree shook France. Now he’s out of prison. Can a master of deception really change?

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Nick Knight’s Roses

Roses are the most operatic creatures in anyone’s garden. They require their own stage and demand exquisite attention—woe betide the rudely grasping hand. Budding daintily, they swell and burst forth in thrilling coloratura. Erotic suffusion is also in their repertoire: the pale-pink petals of an ancient alba rose inspired the name cuisses de nymphe émue, often translated for delicate ears as “thighs of a blushing nymph.” Perhaps no other flower has been so adored by artists. READ ON


In 2003, Boris Johnson was a Tory M.P. and editor of The Spectator.

Boris-Ripper Britain’s new prime minister wrote a comic novel with racy language and racial slights

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Candace Bushnell, in character, poses in her East Side apartment.

Sexagenarian and the City Candace Bushnell re-invents her invented self

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A V.I.P. concert and dinner at the Valley of the Temples ruins.

Silicon Island The Google elite jet-ski their way to saving the Earth

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Pompeii, House of the Chaste Lovers, a fresco dating to 45–79 A.D., from an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Will That Be All?

On a cool autumn morning in AD79, at a café bar in Pompeii, a slave we will call Festus was preparing a pot of beans and onions in readiness for the lunchtime rush. The barmaids would soon be arriving — the bar doubled as a bordello and the price for extra favours from each of the women was scribbled on the wall beside the counter.

Stirring idly, Festus noticed that the sky had darkened and a roaring noise was building to the north of the city. Whatever was going on felt threatening; he put down his spoon and fled. READ ON

A bullet train speeds through the Yangxian section of the Xi'an-Chengdu high-speed railway line, in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, March 2018.

The Great Speed Forward With the world’s fastest trains, China leaves the world in the dust

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Russian president Vladimir Putin poses at a premiere of Legend No. 17, the 2013 film about Soviet ice-hockey star Valeri Kharlamov.

He Re-Shoots, He Scores Russian filmmakers splice sports history to play along with Putin

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Josie Griffiths, Adrianna Bertola, and Kerry Ingram, who starred in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda: A Musical, outside Roald Dahl's home in Great Missenden, England, 2010.

Matilda the Musical

“Bring us a basin! We’re going to be sick!” From the first page of Roald Dahl’s classic short novel Matilda (1988), you know you’re in for subversion. READ ON

The Austrian conductor Carlos Kleiber at a concert in Pompeii in 1987.

Electric Conductor
How Carlos Kleiber’s opera rehearsals influence the director of The French Connection

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Charlie Porter, photographed by her sister Miranda in their parents' apartment, Paddington, London, February 2019.

Charlie Porter London’s coolest new purveyor of a bit of this, a bit of Tat

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Putting the art into artificial intelligence: Ai-Da with some of her paintings.

Paint Chips A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Robot

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Librarian Chic

Brunello Cucinelli Selects three books that ask the big questions

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The Remainder and The Wind That Lays Waste

by Alia Trabucco Zerán and Selva Almada
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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

by Jia Tolentino
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Ask Victoria

Dear Victoria,

I am going with another couple to Malaysia, and while they are adventurous travelers, they are a bit fussy about what they eat. Is there a resort you’d recommend to people who love exotic food but have delicate stomachs?

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As Singapore celebrates its bicentennial, the Raffles Hotel reopens for business.

A Home Called Raffles One hotel for the ages

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Victor Arguinzoniz at the grill, 2014.

Great Balls of Fire The Spanish chef who only cooks with charcoal

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An AirFish 8 flits six feet above the water.

Ferry Tale At 120 m.p.h., the AirFish 8 flies like an engine-powered albatross

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Michael Maor in 2014 telling a school class in Potsdam, Germany, about his life.

Michael Maor Holocaust survivor who joined the Mossad and helped convict Adolf Eichmann

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Midsummer Playlist

Saturday morning brings a new playlist to your doorstep. This week, a midsummer sequence, a soothing song scenario. Music vaulting you around the world, a gateway to Rome, the Rockaways, Malta, Montauk, or maybe just the precious Coney Island of your mind.

Givenchy's cozy reading quarters.

Design for Living Givenchy’s perfect pied-à-terre in Venice

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