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Issue No. 65

The View from Here

Why is it that we have all the downside aspects of an autocratic regime with none of the upside: order, brisk efficiency, and those smart, slimming tunics?…

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La Dolce Vita dei Media Is Gianni Agnelli’s grandson taking a page from Jeff Bezos?

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A Real Eye-Opener In this week’s podcast, Graydon joins Mike and Ashley for a discussion of what’s left of Trump’s brain

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The Idiot Box Keeping Up with the Sussexes—a first look at Meghan and Harry’s Netflix reality-show script

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Did You Hear About … ? Quirky news about these rather curious days

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Out of Control Filmed in secrecy in the months since the coronavirus outbreak, Alex Gibney’s new documentary delivers the true tale—and scope—of the U.S.’s failure

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Victorian London’s Last Illustrator

Great artists who die young tend to get embalmed in their eras. The cliché is poetic and convenient at once: artists are supposed to channel the Zeitgeist anyway, and if there’s no other Zeit to complicate things, so much the better. Aubrey Beardsley, who died in 1898 at the age of 25, was a friend of Oscar Wilde and a protégé of the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones. He looked like a waif and dressed like a dandy. He died of tuberculosis, the same disease that claimed Shelley, two-thirds of the Brontës, and Mimì from La Bohème. The whole, dizzying opera of 19th-century aestheticism seems to reach its finale in him. READ ON

Aubrey Beardsley’s black-and-white, curvaceously stylized images, including his 1904 The Scarlet Pastorale, go on view at the Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, on October 13.

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Killing Jason Bourne: Stoppard’s Secret Movie Scripts … Revealed! Britain’s most esteemed playwright quietly contributed to the scripts for Star Wars, Schindler’s List, The Bourne Ultimatum, My Mom’s a Werewolf, and 102 Dalmatians, among others

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Small Talk
“I feel kind of bad for 2021. We’re putting an awful lot of pressure on it.”

A Whale of a Good-Bye

Scientists have deciphered the songs blue whales sing to each other before they migrate
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Hugging My Pillow A day in the Notting Hill life of the great British actor

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Sex and the Ambitious Girl Imagining what goes on in the mind of rich-husband collector Barbara Amiel

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Anarchists in the Kitchen? What if The Great British Bake Off were an Antifa sleeper cell?

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Collins on the Rocks American expats are fuming over Emily in Paris, Darren Star’s absurd new Netflix series

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Small Talk
“They say at least 80 percent of us are wearing the wrong size.”

Rupert Everett Can’t Help Himself The devastating male beauty of 80s and 90s cinema, the star of Another Country, Dance with a Stranger, and My Best Friend’s Wedding, plays a porno villain in the new British series Adult Material

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Last Resort Why not flee the pandemic—and outsource Zoom school—in the lap of luxury? Welcome to bucolic Punta Mita …

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Open Book

80 Degrees North A dazzling Arctic archipelago home to walruses and polar bears is at the mercy of our warming planet

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“The numbers don’t lie—we have accountants to do that.”

Is This Anything?

by Jerry Seinfeld
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Inside Story

by Martin Amis
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Small Talk
“What really worries me is what’s going to happen when they take him off the steroids.”

Bringing Up Cary The actor’s early years—he was born Archie Leach in Bristol, U.K.—stayed with him long after he became Cary Grant

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Charlotte Hope The Game of Thrones actress on the difficulty of moving on from playing Henry VIII’s first wife

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Hang Loose A smart collection of men’s suiting celebrates the art of the drape

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Quel Deal! After a thousand years in the same family, the Château de Verteuil finally hits the market for $3.2 million

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California Girl Ann Getty was a stunning bi-coastal socialite who rescued Grove Press, the radically chic publisher of D. H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, and Samuel Beckett, because she loved to read

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Duncan Hannah’s Sketchbook
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Issue No. 65
October 10, 2020
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Issue No. 65
October 10, 2020

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