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Issue No. 30

The View from Here

As calamitous a year as 2019 was for pretty much everything else in the world, it could be fairly said that it was a decent season for the film business…

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Murder in Fairfield County Eight months after Jennifer Farber disappeared, her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, was charged with her murder. Soon he was dead

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Small Talk
Sociopathic canary in a coal mine

The Makings of a Royal Mess What made Prince Harry so susceptible to a Hollywood influence?

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Painting the Town (Rectory) Red The rise and fall of Farrow & Ball, paint purveyors to a vanishing upper class

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Pity the Nation

A poem for these times
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Living Really Large

Outside Cairo, the biggest man-made structure in the world—an apartment complex for 30,000 residents—is in the works
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Paradise Tossed Hawaii’s “plastic beach” is a sobering showcase of how we’ve trashed Earth

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Jean Mapping

In 1999, Time magazine declared Levi’s 501s the “best” fashion item of the 20th century, narrowly edging out the miniskirt and little black dress. Inextricably linked to the romance of the cowboy and the great American West, the blue denim jean—with copper rivets—helped launch the careers of stars like John Wayne and Elvis Presley, and was the de facto uniform at Woodstock. READ ON

Denim effect: an exhibition on Levi Strauss & Co., whose jeans have been worn by everyone from James Dean to Marilyn Monroe (posing here for Life magazine), opens in San Francisco on February 13.

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Generation in Retrograde Millennials won’t do anything without consulting their horoscope

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The Canadian Scenes from what should be Martin Scorsese’s next film

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Three Tenors in One

In the old days, when divas of both sexes swanned from continent to continent by glamorous ocean liner, they would hold court in an operatic capital for months or a whole season at a time, running the gamut of their greatest hits. Enrico Caruso, for instance, the greatest Italian tenor of them all, made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto on November 23, 1903. By New Year’s Eve, New Yorkers had cheered him to the rafters in Aida, Tosca, La Bohème, Pagliacci, and La Traviata. READ ON

Beginning next week, the American tenor Brandon Jovanovich takes on the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s spring season with performances in The Queen of Spades, Madama Butterfly, and Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.

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Small Talk
“Sorry, but once all that white entitlement permeates the fabric you really can’t get it out.”
Open Book

New York’s Got Game Walk south on Sixth Avenue toward West Third Street at any time of the day or night and you’ll be hard-pressed not to see a basketball game in play. It’s a perpetual motion—has been for decades—throughout the city

I’m Still Touring

Frank Sinatra was a master of the long goodbye, but Elton John’s farewell is, like Brexit, a process
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Caroline de Maigret De Beauvoir, Didion, Ernaux: the French style star on the essential women writers

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The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird

by Joshua Hammer
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Between Two Fires

by Joshua Yaffa
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Chanel’s Riviera

by Anne de Courcy
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Short List

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You Can Take Galileo Out of Rome … The author of a new history of the astronomical revolution explores the radical scientist’s conservative side

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Elizabeth Woodward The documentary filmmaker, whose latest project was short-listed for an Academy Award, on the importance of privacy in our data-crazed world

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Guy Arnold Explorer, prolific travel writer, cat-lover, and host of lavish dinner parties

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The What the ’Eck!? Award.
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Issue No. 30
February 8, 2020
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Issue No. 30
February 8, 2020

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