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Issue No. 67

The View from Here Would you hire Donald Trump to work at your company?

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

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Your Morning Eye-Opener In this week’s podcast, Ashley and Mike look at some bad behavior, from a Hollywood sex scandal to Vice problems

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Vice Gets Squeezed Shane Smith convinced Rupert Murdoch and Disney that his company was, as the kids say, the sh!t. Until it wasn’t. How did Vice blow it—and trash billions in valuation?

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Melania by Night As Rome burns and Trump tweets, his wife stays up late reading gossip about Vogue’s Anna Wintour

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Small Talk
“Does it trouble you that he’s started putting the word ‘Constitution’ in air quotes?”

Sussex Fatigue Meghan and Harry are making the British yearn for the Queen Mum

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The Idiot Box Meets Its Match Trump has threatened to start a TV network if he loses the election. So what would that look like?

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Meeting the Alien In which the author is thrilled when he hears director Tim Burton wants him for a big part in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Small Talk
“How soon after the summer ends can we start to complain about not taking full advantage of the summer?”

Man of Letters Danny DeVito, Edward Norton, and others pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen, whose new 12-track album, Letter to You, is out now

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Infidelity and Murder at a Private New York School The director of The Night Manager focuses on Manhattan’s addled elite in HBO’s The Undoing

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Bad Lighting Alexandra Pelosi’s latest documentary, American Selfie, offers a chaotic, unsettling snapshot of the times we’re living in

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The Dark Side of Lolita Sue Lyon was 14 when she starred in the film. The producer slept with her anyway

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“Remember—this meeting never happened, we never met, and you never wore that tie with that jacket.”

Benched A former Trump-appointed judge (of the Miss USA pageant) has some advice for Amy Coney Barrett

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Huntsville Picture Show Jonathan Becker’s glamorous portraits of Gloria Vanderbilt complement her paintings in a sprawling display at Alabama’s Huntsville Museum of Art

Hilary Mantel The author of the Cromwell trilogy recommends her favorite books on her favorite theme: royals

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by Matthew McConaughey
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Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

by Laura Tunbridge
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Small Talk

Taking Atoll Isn’t it about time you rented your own private island?

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Live from Caserta

The German soprano Diana Damrau knows how to draw you in close, even from a great distance. On October 24, on the Met Stars Live in Concert series, her song will be circling the planet from the majestic Cappella Palatina, at the Royal Palace of Caserta, that latter-day Versailles constructed by and for the kings of Naples. Parachuting in from her home in Zurich, Damrau joins forces there with the tenor Joseph Calleja, a golden-age throwback from the microscopic Mediterranean island republic of Malta. READ ON

Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, in 2013. On October 24, Damrau is joined in Caserta, Italy, by tenor Joseph Calleja, as part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series.

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The Southern Heroine Charismatic, witty, and determined, Marguerite Littman was a moving force in the early fight against AIDS and counted David Hockney, Bianca Jagger, and Princess Diana among her closest friends

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Masked Unmasked, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, California.
“It seems so long ago that only a few people wore masks. Cowboys, bandits, and actors were masked, or masked faces of all ages would celebrate Halloween once a year,” says Richard Sassin. “Earlier this year, Don Bachardy painted me masked as a representative of the new world outside his studio. A four-year-old looked at my portrait and immediately recognized me because Don caught my individual identity in my eyes, where all souls live and Don rules.”
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Issue No. 67
October 24, 2020
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Issue No. 67
October 24, 2020