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Issue No. 76

The View from Here Nothing—no, nothing—shall be named for Bill de Blasio

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Bullfighters Enter Ring with Stepmother Brothers demand return of their father’s legacy

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Javanka in Exile Will Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner ever regain a place in high society, or are they simply too toxic?

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Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook
Gift Guide


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

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Small Talk
“I’m sorry, honey. But sometimes life is going to treat you fairly.”

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Warming Trend According to actress turned Lady Sophie Winkleman, marrying into the Windsors isn’t nearly as bad as it seems

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Small Talk
“No, the billboards are not based on our search history.”

Olivia Cooke For the actress, who at 26 has already starred in Ready Player One, Modern Love, and Vanity Fair, the pandemic offered a much-needed re-start

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Alan Cumming Remembers Sean Connery A Boxing Day treat; the prince of Scotland shares a memory of “the king of Scotland”; and more

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Casting Spells

Andile Dyalvane grew up on a farm, looking after his father’s cattle in the Eastern Cape. Today he is an artist whose primary medium is derived from the earth. The Cape Town–based ceramist, a co-founder of Imiso Ceramics, has become known as South Africa’s master of clay. His intricate ceramic pieces, shaped by a profound spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, hold and share narratives. Since his first solo international show, in 2016, Dyalvane has continuously sought to preserve his language, identity, and cultural traditions. His new body of work, on show at Cape Town’s Southern Guild gallery, is no exception. READ ON

The South African ceramist Andile Dyalvane, whose hand-coiled seats pay tribute to the spirits of his ancestry, is the subject of an exhibition on now at the Southern Guild gallery, in Cape Town.

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Small Talk
“I got Pfizer, I got Moderna, I got AstraZeneca.”
Open Book

New York Minute Ernst Haas’s bright, blurry photographs capture the vibrancy and transience of a city on the move


The Biscuit: The History of a Very British Indulgence

by Lizzie Collingham
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The Lenin Plot: The Unknown Story of America’s War Against Russia

by Barnes Carr
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Murder, They Wrote

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An Empress in Code She was known for her three-hour hairstyling sessions, but Elizabeth of Austria also provided key, secret support to her husband, the Habsburg emperor

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Small Talk
“I fly south for the winter, and north for the bagels!”

Dyslexia’s Dynamic Champion Patience Thomson was a pioneer for misunderstood children

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Not a creature was stirring, not even a souris.
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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. 76
December 26, 2020
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Issue No. 76
December 26, 2020

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