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Issue No. 75

The View from Here A New York organization is helping Jewish families recover possessions stolen by the Nazis. Among them: paintings by Tintoretto and Klimt

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What if Rudy and Don Jr. appeared in the musical Chicago?

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A Friend Among Spies For 60 years, real-life spy turned author John le Carré wrote elegant best-sellers that used the world of espionage to expose the complexities of human nature

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Boy’s Family Sues Elite Camp Brant Lake faces three civil lawsuits over sex abuse

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Last Call for the Essex Girl Oxford University Press silences a stereotype

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Woke Awards Who will make Harry and Meghan’s honors list, the Sussexes’ alternative to the Palace’s annual tradition?

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Father of the Blues August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom soars in a new film adaptation with Viola Davis, bringing the playwright’s voice to a whole new generation

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President Spamalot Trump fails to make e-mail great again

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Due West

Paulette Jiles’s 2016 novel, News of the World, sold 850,000 copies, got shortlisted for the National Book Award, and was hailed as a Western for our times before its film rights were quickly acquired. Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, it tells the story of Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (played by Tom Hanks in the screen adaptation, premiering Christmas Day), a Texan who travels from town to town reading newspapers to a predominantly illiterate public, and his unlikely friendship with a 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) he rescues from the Native Americans who kidnapped her. Kidd agrees to return the girl to her closest living relatives, near San Antonio, and together the pair travel hundreds of miles through a postwar American West. READ ON

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Loading the Dice Before the world praised Picasso and Duchamp, a 1913 alphabet book skewered the Cubists and futurists in a series of hilarious illustrations

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Are Harry and Meghan Copying the Obamas? It certainly seems like it. Listen for yourself, and decide

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All Hail the Queen Tina Turner is still rocking and rolling at 81

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James Hirschfeld He started Paperless Post as an undergrad at Harvard. Ahead of the company’s busiest time of year, the founder explains how he got here

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Yuval Noah Harari The author of Sapiens recommends three books for developing our sense of perspective

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Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters

by Rosanna Warren
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Himalaya: A Human History

by Ed Douglas
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Back in the U.S.S.R. A new book peels back the Iron Curtain with nostalgic photographs of life in the Soviet Union

“You got this, gents! Sore today, strong tomorrow! Obstacles are opportunities!”

The Girl Who Outsmarted the Nazis Janine de Greef spirited Allied airmen out of German territory

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Issue No. 75
December 19, 2020
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Issue No. 75
December 19, 2020
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