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September 28 2019

The View from Here

The president of the United States wasn’t crazy back when I first met him, in the early 80s. Craven, tacky, self-regarding—yes, he had all of those enduring attributes…

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The Ghost of Brexit Past: David Cameron is back with a memoir.

All Quiet on the Cameron Front In a new book, the former P.M. has little to show for the Brexit disaster he gave life to

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Khawa Karpo and Mingyong glacier, in China's Yunnan province. The glacier, sacred to locals, has been melting at a rate of 7 percent annually.

Very High and Drying The little-known “third pole,” in Asia’s high peaks, is one of the most ecologically diverse places on Earth

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Standing Room Only

Merce Cunningham was one of the three most influential choreographers of the 20th century. (The other two were George Balanchine and Martha Graham.) He choreographed nearly 200 works of modern dance between 1944 and his death, in 2009, fundamentally redefining the genre of modern dance for the second half of the century. This year marks the centennial of his birth, and classic Cunningham dances are being performed all over the world. One performance stands out: the double bill of Beach Birds and Biped at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C. READ ON

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Top Dogs

The comedy show created by Ukraine’s new president skewered Donald Trump
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A protest against the Sacklers, the family behind OxyContin, at the Guggenheim Museum in February.

Take the Money

The Whitney, M.I.T., the Museum of Natural History, Sloan Kettering, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Shed at Hudson Yards—these are just a few of the places under fire for their financial ties to individuals now deemed problematic…

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America, 2016, a solid-gold toilet by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan that visitors to Blenheim Palace were invited to use.

Golden Head Whodunit? A $6 million toilet is stolen from Churchill’s ancestral home

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Meet Jesse Cohn, the Gordon Gekko for Millennial Brahs

Attention C.E.O.’s of America: Do not ignore him
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How many more of these do candidates have to eat? Elizabeth Warren has a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair, in Des Moines, in August.

Drop That Corn Dog
No platform is better suited for letting candidates bypass the hokey rituals of retail campaigning than the humble, motley podcast

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Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond

Lady Hale, Boris Johnson, and the Spider Brooch
The president of the U.K.’s Supreme Court tells the prime minister what’s what, and creates a legion of fans

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Populist Art

In 1972, Andy Warhol added a series of paintings of Chairman Mao to his ever growing gallery of icons, and his irreverent blend of mythology and mass marketing caught a big political shift. (President Nixon made his historic visit to China earlier that year.) Fourteen years later, in his final series before his death, Warhol pulled another figurehead of Communism—Vladimir Lenin—into what had become a fully fleshed-out Pop ideology. READ ON

The artist suggests that there's more to female felons than meets the eye.

Cynthia Talmadge The American artist who takes inspiration from female courtroom villains—and their outfits

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A Zebra, by George Stubbs, 1763, oil on canvas.

George Stubbs, King of the Beasts The 18th-century British painter was the “Liverpudlian Leonardo,” revered for his portraits of racehorses and other creatures

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Faces in the Crowd

Intersection. The word is a perfect fit for JR, the French-born photographer who started out as a teenage graffiti artist, switched to a camera, began pasting large (and largely illegal) photographs on walls all over the world, and then, inspired by Diego Rivera’s murals, developed into a roving portraitist of cities and their citizens. Working at the intersection of photography, street art, and the impromptu happening, JR pounds the pavement, collecting passersby for group portraits. When he has enough of these portraits he digitally collages them into one epic work—an intersection, you might say, of urban diversity and commonality, an open-air choir in soaring shades of gray. READ ON

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Crown Jewels


Frankissstein: A Love Story

by Jeanette Winterson
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I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer

by Ahmet Altan
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Olive, Again

by Elizabeth Strout
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Short List

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Joseph Altuzarra Recommends three coming-of-age novels

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Carrie Fisher is the subject of a new biography by Sheila Weller, to be published in November.

Two-Track Mind In the lifetime Carrie Fisher spent in the public eye, she became known for her fierce wit and unsentimentality. Three years on from her death, her biographer unveils her vulnerable, virtuous side

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At Asia's postpartum spas, trained professionals attend to mothers and babies alike.

My Month of Rest and Relaxation In Asia’s posh postpartum hotels, new mothers are pampered while newborns are sequestered in the nursery

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Marlon Brando Wear Marlon Brando’s Rolex If you’ve seen the documentary Hearts of Darkness, you know what a horror show the filming of… Ride Ducati Motorcycle In 1972, the motorcycling world was stunned when Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari took first and second… Eat Tetetlán Bertha González Nieves is the co-founder of Casa Dragones tequila. In her native Mexico, she loves Tetetlán. Watch The Politician The rich, Santa Barbara, California, kids competing in a high-school election are as calculating and cutthroat as Tracy Flick in the 1999… Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in Cambridge, MA on 9/8/04. Epstein is connected with several prominent people including politicians, actors and academics. Epstein was convicted of having sex with an underaged woman. Listen Broken: Jeffrey Epstein When a scandal is truly shocking, people can’t hear enough about it… Cozy Up Lingua Franca Rachelle Macpherson, an air mail Editor at Large and the founder of Lingua Franca, is a chronic collaborator… Marlon Brando Wear Marlon Brando’s Rolex If you’ve seen the documentary Hearts of Darkness, you know what a horror show the filming of… Ride Ducati Motorcycle In 1972, the motorcycling world was stunned when Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari took first and second… Eat Tetetlán Bertha González Nieves is the co-founder of Casa Dragones tequila. In her native Mexico, she loves Tetetlán. Watch The Politician The rich, Santa Barbara, California, kids competing in a high-school election are as calculating and cutthroat as Tracy Flick in the 1999… Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in Cambridge, MA on 9/8/04. Epstein is connected with several prominent people including politicians, actors and academics. Epstein was convicted of having sex with an underaged woman. Listen Broken: Jeffrey Epstein When a scandal is truly shocking, people can’t hear enough about it… Cozy Up Lingua Franca Rachelle Macpherson, an air mail Editor at Large and the founder of Lingua Franca, is a chronic collaborator…

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra performing at the Forbidden City, in Beijing.

Cultural Evolution

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has blossomed much like its home city, which has evolved from a key port during the Opium Wars to dazzling colonial outpost, to besieged wartime center, to a megalopolis of 24 million. When the orchestra’s 140th anniversary opens this weekend, it won’t be a Geritol-fueled tux-and-gown-fest. More than half the Chinese classical music audience is thought to be under 40, which is a reflection of Shanghai itself, a place where the future seems to have already found its footing—yet another magnet for the disposable income drenching China these days. READ ON

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Ask Richard

Dear Richard,

I’m heading to Shanghai for a work conference. You know the drill: serious wonks, forgettable hotel, rubber-duck dinners. If I extend my trip a few days, how can I best experience the city—and a bit of the countryside?

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Vilma Eisenstein and Kurt Grünwald's engagement photograph. In the background is the letter Vilma wrote to her husband shortly before she was killed at Auschwitz.

Eternity’s Gate The love letter that made it out of Auschwitz intact

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Downton Abbey Is Open for Business


"My dog ate my homework."
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