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Issue No. 73

The View from Here Trump, his enablers, and his Florida bolt-hole all have dark precedents

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The Politics of Bad Behavior Melania, Ivanka, and the double standards of the single-minded

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Gift Guide


Battle of the Sexists Arguments over free speech dominate at Eton and Cambridge

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Schlock and Awe Confessions of a male Hallmark-Christmas-movie addict

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Psst! A Special Roundup of Scandal and Crime From The Orgasm Cult to Ghislaine Maxwell’s travails, we’ve got it all

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Small Talk
“Oh, look—they’re retiring the word ‘unprecedented.’”

Crystal Clearing London private-equity bigwigs are enlisting crystal healers to tell their wives they want a divorce—and paying them hefty sums to do it

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How Does It End for Trump? Graydon Carter discusses what awaits the grifter-in-chief

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Jean-Luc Godard at 90 The New Wave director pokes the artificial veil of Instagram

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A Tech Tycoon’s Prison Tweets Before the anti-virus-software guru John McAfee died in prison in Spain, he was a social media animal

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Small Talk
“Nope! I’m old, fat, and male—I wouldn’t stand a chance out there.”

Among the masterpieces moving from Buckingham Palace to the Queen’s Gallery for one year are Cristofano Allori’s Judith with the Head of Holofernes, a painting of “a gory subject with not a drop of blood in sight,” says curator Isabella Manning.

Crown Jewels

When we’ve become familiar with the great works in a museum space, we tend to be blasé—that Rembrandt (or Renoir, or Rousseau) is always there; I’ll study it next time. But pop the painting into a new context and suddenly it’s new, too. With renovation work to be done in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, the 65 masterpieces that call that space home have moved to the Queen’s Gallery, where they will stay for just over a year. READ ON


Hands On! Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show—attended by only one person—showcased the house’s artistry

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Luis Gerardo Mendez The actor made it big in Mexico. Now he’s bringing diversity and humor to Hollywood

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The Populist and His Flock The rise and fall of Father Coughlin, the Depression-era version of the departing president

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Hypnotized by Chess Beth Harmon’s doe-eyed gaze reflects centuries of chess in art history

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Small Talk

Crazy Rich Aviation Travelers in Asia are avoiding quarantine and indulging wanderlust by booking round-trip flights to nowhere

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Open Book

Elliott Erwitt’s Paris Photographs capture the romance of the City of Lights but also the whimsy of life on its streets


1957: The Year That Launched the American Future

by Eric Burns
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The Search for John Lennon: The Life, Loves, and Death of a Rock Star

by Lesley-Ann Jones
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Small Talk
“Well, this is me.”

Coyote Ugly Among the stars of animation’s golden age—Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig—Wile E. Coyote is the most relatable of the bunch

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Isa Stoppi She was Italy’s first great model. Richard Avedon called her “the most beautiful woman in the world”

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Gone but not forgotten: The Statue of Liberty Takers, included in Ralph Steadman: A Life in Ink, published this month by Chronicle Chroma. “To finish on a high note,” writes the artist in the book’s conclusion, “I think we are all seriously doomed.”
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Issue No. 73
December 5, 2020
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Issue No. 73
December 5, 2020