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1992


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a womanizing nationalist with an inflated self-image makes the jump from real estate and television to politics. That’s right, it’s Silvio Berlusconi, the subject of the historical drama 1992. The series, which originally aired on Sky Atlantic and La7 and is now available to stream on Topic, begins with the initial arrests resulting from the mani pulite (clean hands) investigation into political corruption, and the power vacuum left in their wake. The all-star cast includes former Miss Italia Miriam Leone as a vulnerable and cunning aspiring actress and Tea Falco as a party girl thrust to the top of her father’s compromised business. Berlusconi (Paolo Pierobon) plays a far bigger role in the second season—1993—but the trap has already been set. Call it the trauma of present-day politics, but escaping into the chaos of early-90s Milan was nonetheless cathartic. (topic.com) —Daisy Alioto

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Reliable Sources


The Internet has a way of killing the news—spreading conspiracy theories or shoddy journalism, attracting readers through clickbaiting headlines, all leading to pointless articles rather than, say, real news. One of the best remedies for this journalistic white noise (aside from Air Mail itself) is the CNN Reliable Sources newsletter. Headed up by the network’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter and senior media reporter Oliver Darcy, the daily newsletter cuts through the Internet’s rabble with comprehensive snippets of the most important stories of the day, and links to essential reporting from the nation’s leading newspapers and magazines: all the stuff that you need to make sense of the world. (cnn.com) —Alex Oliveira

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4711


There are certain things that can only have existed for a very long time. They are too perfect in their anachronism, almost as if they slipped past the doorman for our benefit. Muelhens 4711, the German fragrance, is one such thing. First formulated in the late 18th century, the many-layered cologne—it contains bergamot, orange, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and neroli—has been beloved by generations of grandmothers and Holly Golightly alike. Its design, unchanged since long before we were here, of a robust glass bottle adorned with a Bremen Blue and gold label, is as lovely as its aromatic contents. Some things never change, because they never need to. ($34, amazon.com) —Nathan King

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Hounds of Love


This fall marked the 35th anniversary of Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. Featuring two of the British singer’s best-known singles, “Running Up That Hill” and the title track, it sparkles with Bush’s eccentricities—her lyrics cover dreams of sheep, how to wake a witch, and Freud—amplified by sublime use of a Fairlight CMI synthesizer, which conjures an almost feral moodiness. Though a timeless work of New Wave, the album has a necromantic and ultra-sensuous sensibility that makes it especially well suited to autumn walks and daydreams. (spotify.com) —Clementine Ford

Issue No. 69
November 7, 2020
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Issue No. 69
November 7, 2020
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