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Issue No. 74

The View from Here Since the Cold War, the U.S. has had doomsday plans for saving itself. But Trump proves that the greatest threat comes from within

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Shot in the Dark Will public shaming deter the 1 percent from cutting the line for the coronavirus vaccine?

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On Thin Ice Confessions of a hockey dad

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Small Talk
“Yes, yes, we love you, too. What’s your Netflix password?”

Divorce, Oligarch-Style The ex-wife of an oil-and-gas baron goes to the mattresses to get hold of her $600 million settlement

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Did You Hear About … ? Curious news about these strange days

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What If … Peter Morgan’s Sequel to The Crown Were The Trump?

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#NeverLeaving Trump’s not the first loser to be dragged kicking and screaming from high office. A century ago, it was a New York City Hall janitor who just wouldn’t let go

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Night and Day The centenarian Eddie Jaku, who survived Kristallnacht and Auschwitz, considers himself “the happiest man on Earth”

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Gift Guide


The Duke of Substance Prince Harry offers a cure for climate change from his nine-bedroom mansion, in California

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Small Talk
“I prefer the sunset’s earlier, Impressionist work.”

Candice Bergen Is No Dummy What it’s like to work with Meryl Streep. And the man who turned her “to goo”

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No Secret Handshake Required The Freemasons go public (and put a price tag on it)

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Trump in Exile Where on earth can a defeated, disgraced president go when his White House stint is finished?

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Small Talk
“I just keep asking myself, ‘What are we not sniffing?’”

Home for the Holidays Art, ballet, operas, carols: a cultural guide to a holiday season spent socially distanced and (mostly) at home

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He Keeps 007 in Gear Good news: Ben Whishaw returns as Q in the new James Bond. Not good news: the film is still delayed

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Air Mail Jr.

Zeina Durra With Luxor, the British filmmaker brings romance to the ruins of the Egyptian Pharaohs

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Small Talk
“Remember, son: give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to write search-engine-optimized content, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Mouton Rothschild Labels Itself as Chinese-Friendly The Bordeaux vineyard’s 2018 vintage will speak to the world’s biggest market for French wine

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Open Book

The Female Gaze Alongside a show at Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery, a book re-evaluates the history of photography through the lens of the New Woman


Time of the Magicians: Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Cassirer, Heidegger, and the Decade That Reinvented Philosophy

by Wolfram Eilenberger
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The Woman Who Stole Vermeer: The True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist

by Anthony M. Amore
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The High-Society Inventor Peter Florjancic’s life may have been his best creation

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The transition team.
Is Edited By

Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

Deputy Editors

Chris Garrett Michael Hainey 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

Features Editor

Ash Carter

Senior Editor

Julia Vitale

Executive Editor

David Foxley

Visiting Editor

Peter Stevenson

Photo Director

Ann Schneider

Associate Editors

Elena Clavarino Clementine Ford Alex Oliveira Elinor Schneider


Cazzie David Emma Freud Walter Isaacson
Pico Iyer Rachel Johnson John Lahr
Douglas McGrath Richard David Story James Wolcott

Writers at Large

Lili Anolik Joseph Bullmore William D. Cohan Rich Cohen Stuart Heritage George Kalogerakis Sam Kashner Alexandra Marshall

International Editor

Isabelle Harvie-Watt

London Editor

Bridget Arsenault

Communications Director

Anna Bradlee

Cartoon Editor

Bob Mankoff

Music Supervisor

Randall Poster

Copy Editor

Adam Nadler

Photo Editor

Emine Gozde Sevim

Production Editor

H. Scott Jolley


Roxy Solis Gasper Tringale-White Jenna Kim

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Keenan

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Davis

Brand Partnerships

Anjali Lewis

Sales Director

Michael Pescuma

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Integrated Marketing Manager

Madeline Spates

Issue No. 74
December 12, 2020
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Issue No. 74
December 12, 2020