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September 21 2019

Issue No. 10

The View from Here

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The Godfather of Brexit Ex–prime minister David Cameron explains how he got it all wrong

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The Stuff of Dreams

Nineteen-year-old Ossip Zadkine, from a family of Smolensk boat builders, arrived in Paris in 1909 with a pipe, a Webster’s dictionary, a copy of The Lives of Great Men, and a suitcase filled with vivid memories of his native Russian forests. “I entered into a lifelong marriage with the vertical column of a pine tree trunk,” he would later say about his quest to tease movement, poetry, and philosophy from the beloved wood that had surrounded him as a boy. READ ON

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Spoiler Alert Did the creator of The Crown tell the one who wears it what happens next on the series?

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The Handmaid’s Kale Western feminists make the misogyny in Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments all about them

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Those Wonderful Acts that didn’t make it on to the Sullivan Show

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Hix Pix Fox Flix

Ex–Trump whisperer Hope Hicks spins the Hollywood liberal establishment
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Cocaine Diaries On posh Brits and their unending love for the Colombian marching powder

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Open Book

Betye Saar, the ever photogenic high priestess of politically potent assemblage sculpture, is still at work in her Hollywood Hills studio. At 93, after almost 50 years of exhibiting her art, Saar is finally ready to reveal the scaffolding that underlies her creative process—her sketchbooks. These small spiral-bound records of her trips and inspirations also chronicle the multi-year evolution of her ideas for particular pieces. READ ON

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I Used to Be Charming A never-before-published essay on the burns that almost cost the L.A. icon her life

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Lovable Geniuses, Preening Taskmasters?
Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and the complicated truth about band—and Band—dynamics

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Change of Scene

Marius Petipa’s ballet of 1877, La Bayadère, was unknown in the West before the 1960s. But once it got out of the Soviet Union, this exotic extravaganza set in ancient India—where the good girl gets eternity and the bad girl gets fouettés—joined the canon, anchored by the iridescent “Kingdom of the Shades,” a passage of pristine geometry in which the hero, stoked by opium, sees the image of his dead beloved multiplying ad infinitum. READ ON

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Good Night, Mr. Chips The author recalls an inspiring English teacher—and recounts the gruesome gaslighting that ended with his murder

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Mein Furor: Germans Not Laughing at ScarJo’s Hitler Comedy

“About as funny as Schindler’s List
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"When did constantly making pictures of your food become a thing?"

Paradise in Flames An epic journey by river and road reveals the horrible price of the Amazon inferno

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Myth Buster Maaza Mengiste writes the alternate history of Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia

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Permanent Record

by Edward Snowden
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New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop

by Fatima Bhutto
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Lampedusa

by Steven Price
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Murder, They Wrote

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Ann Patchett Recommends three of this year’s best books

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The Trump Mentor A new documentary takes on the controversial attorney Roy Cohn

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"Five more minutes."

Bella Figura For Italian actress Miriam Leone, it all started with a little black dress

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It’s Not the Wurst Vegan chef and zero-waste activist Sophia Hoffmann is reimagining German cuisine for a new generation

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A Gauge-1 Model of the 4472 Flying Scotsman Goes to Auction at Dreweatts

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Ask Victoria

Dear Victoria,

We are going on honeymoon to Italy, ending on Lake Como. I want to wow my future wife. We’re young, but we’ve always traveled to the best places—thanks to our parents. They suggested Villa d’Este, but I think that is too old and stuffy for us. Any other ideas?

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Pierre Le-Tan An illustrator who blended whimsy and shadow in his palette

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"'Oil and acrylic on canvas, but may also contain traces of peanut.'"
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