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Issue No. 69

The View from Here Happy days are weird again

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Xi Marks the Spot The coronavirus accelerated China’s rise, but the country’s future isn’t as certain as its president insists

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Depp Goes Down Swinging Once Hollywood’s fêted heartthrob, Johnny Depp may never work again after this week’s High Court verdict in the U.K.

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

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Did She Marry a He-Devil? Fay Weldon’s life eerily imitates her fiction

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Diana Enters the Firm That wedding. Those rumors. The scandals. A sneak peek at the new season of The Crown

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No One Spikes These Stories How Substack became home to big-name journalists who felt “the Youngs” in newsrooms were putting wokeness ahead of important ideas

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David Sedaris Brings the Laughs The humorist delivers some very welcome comic relief

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“The Hamptons were nice, but it feels good to be back in the city.”

Anna Mason The stylish British designer who channels the look of The Crown

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“The austerity plan didn’t work. Let’s try more austerity.”

The Best of Sedaris An interview with David Sedaris about his preferences and peeves, on the occasion of his visit to the U.S.—and his new book

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Open Book

Gold Rush Photographs celebrate the epic car chase in Goldfinger, set in scenic Switzerland and starring the late Sean Connery

Margaret Atwood The author of The Handmaid’s Tale is best known for her fiction, but she’s been a poet all her life. Here, she shares her favorites in the genre

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The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War

by Delphine Minoui, translated by Lara Vergnaud
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V2: A Novel of World War II

by Robert Harris
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Frost, Nixon, et al. In his son’s new podcast, David Frost, who interviewed Gloria Steinem, Robert Kennedy, and, famously, Richard Nixon, reflects on the art of the interview

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“A Bit of a Clever Dick” Scottish actor-comedian John Sessions voiced Laurence Olivier, acted with Meryl Streep, and channeled Keith Richards

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Rome wasn’t burned in a day.
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Issue No. 69
November 7, 2020
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Issue No. 69
November 7, 2020

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