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Issue No. 35

The View from Here

We’re worried about the pandemic. Not just the coronavirus. As scary as that is, everyone—except Donald Trump—agrees on a united response.

We’re also alarmed by the cancel pandemic…

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Murder in Fairfield County Dreams to nightmares: Jennifer Farber’s younger days in the city, and her story’s tragic dénouement

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Lessons of the Spanish Flu What can we learn from the 20th century’s deadliest virus outbreak?

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We’re All Germophobes Now And it’s time to end the handshake madness

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Before #MeToo, There Was Natalie Wood Pimped to Frank Sinatra at 15, raped at 16: harrowing new insights into the star’s life and death

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Small Talk
“It’s still too flattering—keep looking.”

Barclay v. Barclay In which the scions of a secretive British billionaire are accused of conspiring against his identical twin brother

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Sheikhing with Fear The billionaire ruler of Dubai consorts with V.I.P.’s but persecutes and imprisons his wives and daughters

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Party Like It’s the 1920s

The phrase “Bright Young Things” was dreamed up by an unknown journalist almost a century ago. It conjured a social phenomenon: a collection of privileged youth, famed from the mid- to late 1920s for their tireless hedonism, who symbolized an almighty rupture with a world still fixated upon the Great War. Iconoclasts with Burke’s Peerage pedigrees, the Bright Young Things laid waste to the past with yah-boo-sucks heedlessness. They were frivolous, and thus should have been easy to dismiss, but frivolity was the point—for where had good behavior gotten the previous generation? It was a fair question. READ ON

Photographs by Cecil Beaton, himself a Bright Young Thing who documented the glamour of the time, are on view now at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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Lexi Underwood The 16-year-old Little Fires Everywhere actress isn’t like the other girls

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“You Brought Me Flowers?” Not quite, but these charming floral dresses are the next best thing

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Return of the Puppet Masters Satire reborn: Spitting Image will be back. Stars, politicians, and royals beware

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Small Talk

Murder Is Her Muse Writer Sarah Phelps is shocking Agatha Christie purists—and re-inventing the genre

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It’s a Wrap

In 1961, the married artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude traveled to an anonymous strip of dockside in Cologne to wrap several stacks of oil drums, some more than 15 feet high, with sheets of tarpaulin. It was part of Christo’s nearby gallery exhibition, an extension of his recent obsession with covering cans in fabric in order to explore their sculptural qualities. As the couple stood back to admire their handiwork—a strange act of artistic expression—something clicked. READ ON

Ahead of Christo’s newest public art project, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped, an exhibition opening next week* at the Centre Pompidou celebrates Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, including their 1975–85 “wrapping” of Paris’s Pont Neuf.

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The Princess Diaries Narcissism, drug abuse, infidelity, and betrayal—Princess Margaret’s longtime lady-in-waiting writes a tell-all

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Casey Cep Harper Lee’s biographer recommends the most revolutionary books in the genre

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The Mirror & the Light

by Hilary Mantel
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Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best

by Neal Bascomb
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Small Talk
“We know nothing. We’ll be back in five minutes with nothing more.”

Last Days of Disco

Once upon a vanished time, in those boogie nights of yore when cocaine was queen, the nightlife of New York City shuddered under the heavy beat of an estimated 1,500 discos bursting with sweaty, protozoic dancing and mating. Pre-eminent among those clubs—supreme in its heyday, wreathed in lore and legend ever since—was Studio 54. “Studio,” as habitués called it, has become synonymous with the disco era, its parabolic rise and fall. READ ON

Le freak, forever chic! “Studio 54: Night Magic,” on now at the Brooklyn Museum*, celebrates the 70s brainchild of Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell (pictured here in a portrait by Richard Bernstein).

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Ailsa Maxwell The economics student turned codebreaker was on duty when Germany’s unconditional surrender came over the wire in May of 1945

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Is Edited By

Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

Deputy Editors

Chris Garrett Michael Hainey George Kalogerakis 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

Articles Editor

Ash Carter

Senior Editor

Julia Vitale


Cazzie David Emma Freud Walter Isaacson
Pico Iyer John Lahr James Wolcott

Writers at Large

Stuart Heritage Alexandra Marshall

Photo Director

Ann Schneider

Cartoon Editor

Bob Mankoff

Music Supervisor

Randall Poster

Assistant Editors

Elena Clavarino Clementine Ford Alex Oliveira

International Editor

Isabelle Harvie-Watt

London Editor

Bridget Arsenault

Copy Editor

Adam Nadler

Photo Editor

Emine Gozde Sevim

Production Editor

H. Scott Jolley

Associate Editor

Elinor Schneider

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Keenan

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Davis

Brand Partnerships

Anjali Lewis

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Integrated Marketing Manager

Madeline Spates

Issue No. 35
March 14, 2020
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Issue No. 35
March 14, 2020