Skip to Content
The Best

at 6:00 AM
In This Week’s Issue

Issue No. 27

The View from Here

Meghanfreude is the glee we feel watching a royal by marriage roil the royal family, and let’s face it, we all have a bad case of it. But let’s not be too hard on ourselves…

Read On

Goopelgänger Inside Gwyneth’s No. 2 (not that!)

Read On

Goops! The marketing of Gwyneth’s genitalia

Read On

What Fresh Hell Harry and Meghan’s week gets complicated as Dad steps into the picture and the Canadians act very un-Canadianly

Read On

The Trouble with Harry The Duke of Sussex signaled his and Meghan’s discontent at a dinner party and almost ruined the meal

Read On

Opera Buffa

Now, here’s a unicorn for you: a production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia a half-century old, Italianate and balletic, still as fresh as on its first night. And to think it originated deep in the Cold War, behind the Wall in East Berlin. The director, long deceased, was Ruth Berghaus, a Marxist and torch-bearing Brechtian who started out as a choreographer. The sets and costumes are by the theatrical polymath Achim Freyer, his first for an opera. Now well into his 80s, Freyer is still very much with us, and best known for his later head trips on a Promethean scale. READ ON

On January 24, Ruth Berghaus’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia returns to Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden for a run of six performances (through April 24).

Read On

All the Leaves Are Burned, and the Sky Is Gray With Australia ablaze, our writer recounts her escape from L.A.’s fires—and wonders what’s next

Read On
Small Talk
“Ew! This couch is still warm from the last guy.”

Rebel with More than a Clue Lee Child, the immoderate, rebellious, gazillion-copies-selling author and creator of Jack Reacher, is now … a Booker Prize judge

Read On

Click here to visit

Must-See Events

How to Charm the Chinese They are “natural capitalists” who like people who are appreciative of them. Everything our president doesn’t do

Read On

Design for Assisted Living Sweden’s Queen Silvia and Ikea team up to create pre-fab, low-cost apartments for older people, including those with dementia

Read On

A World of Hurt Young people are increasingly seeking help for anxiety over the climate crisis

Read On
Small Talk
“What if we promise to spend our money at Trump properties?”

Material Girls

Almost 50 years ago, art historian Linda Nochlin’s 1971 seminal essay, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?,” became an electrifying feminist rallying cry that called out male-dominated art institutions. Fittingly, Alice Neel’s vibrant portrait of Nochlin with her young daughter—depicting the fierce scholar as a tender mother—is a centerpiece of “Women Take the Floor,” currently on view at Boston’s Museum of Fine Art. READ ON

Alice Neel’s 1973 portrait of Linda Nochlin and her daughter Daisy is part of a major exhibition of work by female artists on display in Boston through next year.

Read On

Guido Conti Caponi On balancing ready-to-wear with his family bottega’s long-standing commitment to custom clothes and linens

Read On
Small Talk
“O.K., Mr. Free Range—now we’re lost.”

Something’s Coming The West Side Story story is a complicated one, and the new Broadway production has a lot of history to reckon with

Read On
Open Book

Face Value A new book considers the fate of our most human aspects—the mystery of the brain, the expressiveness of the face—in our tech-bent future

Max Hastings On the best work of Sir Michael Howard, the British historian who dealt high intellect and common sense in equal measure

Read On

Bubble in the Sun: The Florida Boom of the 1920s and How It Brought on the Great Depression

by Christopher Knowlton
Read On

Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy MitfordThe Biography

by Laura Thompson
Read On

The Less People Know About Us

by Axton Betz-Hamilton
Read On
Small Talk
“I know, but my mom knitted it for me.”

Bad Romance The author of a new book on the Borgias’ infamous personal lives uncovers the facts behind the Italian family’s long-standing myths

Read On

Bordeaux Is Getting Crushed Shifting tastes drive a drastic plummet in sales

Read On
Small Talk
“Take us to your leader in industrial design.”

Don’t Go There Some of the world’s most overrated travel experiences, as described by the people who endured them

Read On

Baby Steps

Artists’ early works can be fascinating for how they hint at their later, mature styles. Years ago, for instance, I saw a landscape Piet Mondrian had painted in his teens or twenties in which the stylized, angular rendering of a tree trunk and branches felt like an arrow pointing toward the grid-like geometry of his signature abstractions. Foreshadowing! But how much more revealing—or at least fun—might it be when the early work is literal juvenilia and the artists are illustrators whose primary audience is kids? READ ON

Artists featured in “Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Childhood Art,” at Amherst’s Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art through May 10, include Barbara Lehman, the author and illustrator behind the Red Book and Red Again picture books.

Read On
View With a Room

The Not-So-Secret Garden Luxury lovers and horticultural types will find plenty of reasons to flock to the Newt in Somerset

Nancy Lewis A charming, tenacious music-biz publicist who established Monty Python in the United States

Read On
Paul Davis’s Sketchbook
Is Edited By

Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

Deputy Editors

Chris Garrett Michael Hainey George Kalogerakis Nathan King

Design Director

Angela Panichi

Chief Technology Officer

John Tornow

Books Editor

Jim Kelly

Arts Intel Report Editor

Laura Jacobs

Style Editor

Ashley Baker

Articles Editor

Ash Carter

Senior Editor

Julia Vitale


Cazzie David Emma Freud Walter Isaacson
Pico Iyer John Lahr James Wolcott

Photo Director

Ann Schneider

Cartoon Editor

Bob Mankoff

Music Supervisor

Randall Poster

Assistant Editors

Elena Clavarino Clementine Ford Alex Oliveira

International Editor

Isabelle Harvie-Watt

London Editor

Bridget Arsenault

Copy Editor

Adam Nadler

Photo Editor

Emine Gozde Sevim

Production Editor

H. Scott Jolley

Associate Editor

Elinor Schneider

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Keenan

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Davis

Brand Partnerships

Anjali Lewis

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Integrated Marketing Manager

Madeline Spates

Issue No. 27
January 18, 2020
Loading issue contents …
Issue No. 27
January 18, 2020

Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through
our links,
AIR MAIL may earn an affiliate commission.