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Issue No. 34

The View from Here

As someone with a generally sunny, positive disposition, I wasn’t overly concerned with the coronavirus. At least I wasn’t until the president told Americans not to be overly concerned and that he had everything under control…

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Murder in Fairfield County The police reconstruct the day of Jennifer Dulos’s disappearance—and deconstruct the suspect’s alibis. About those garbage bags …

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Yeezus Saves Even the most cynical fashion insiders couldn’t help but feel the spirit at Kanye West’s Sunday Service, Paris Fashion Week edition

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Small Talk

Disroyal Subjects Harry and Meghan can’t get their Sussex Royal straight. Other Windsors are following in their missteps

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Model Land A theme park for people obsessed with runways, photo shoots, makeovers, and red-carpet rides

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Small Talk
“Non-traditional office space should be more fun.”

Jeff Bezos Goes Green (Like Money) Is his $10 billion pledge to combat the climate emergency a good thing—or part of his plan to control the world?

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Renaissance Underdog

Of the three great High Renaissance artists, Michelangelo and Leonardo are still household names, available models of artistic genius. Raphael, who died on April 6, 1520, at the age of 37, is only vaguely known to those who aren’t committed fans of Renaissance art. This past spring, the 500th anniversary of his death brought a series of exhibitions across Europe and the U.S., the largest of which opened in early March in Rome, where Raphael spent most of his working years as artist and architect to the Popes and all-around cultural star. The celebrations, conferences, and shows of 2020, placed on hold by the coronavirus, are now coming back to life. But can they bring Raphael back into popular consciousness? READ ON

Raphael’s Madonna and Child (The Tempi Madonna) is one of more than 100 of the artist’s works on show at the Scuderie del Quirinale, in Rome, until the end of August.

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The Little Old Lady Who Enjoyed Murdering People After Shakespeare, Agatha Christie is the world’s most widely published author

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Too Close for Comfort In HBO’s The Plot Against America, from the Philip Roth novel, the present-day parallels are profoundly disturbing

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“Mistakes were made.”

Yiddish Envy Why Catholic Poles are discovering Jewish roots they don’t even have

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Open Book

Chronicle of a Life Untold “Peter Lindbergh: Untold Stories,” the late photographer’s first self-curated exhibition on now at the Kunstpalast, in Düsseldorf, celebrates his rich, deeply personal legacy


Fighting Words: The Bold American Journalists Who Brought the World Home Between the Wars

by Nancy F. Cott
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Deacon King Kong

by James McBride
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Murder, They Wrote

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Small Talk
“Believe it or not, some people don’t want kids.”

Nothing to See Here The author of a new biography on the Dalai Lama demystifies the leader’s unassuming stoicism

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So Very Valentino

Double Act

“Who are Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor?” is not the correct Jeopardy answer to “Most successful married couple onstage together.” Burton and Taylor had already been divorced twice and were into other relationships when they appeared in the 1983 Broadway production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives. READ ON

For Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite will end more than two decades of ships passing in the night.

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Chef’s Surprise The secret ingredient to a memorable dinner party

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One-Woman Sales Force Professional influencers like Charlotte Groeneveld aim to coerce your every purchase. What’s the harm in living by the likes?

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He’s Here, He’s There, He’s Everywhere!

The principle that locates the universal in the particular couldn’t have a better avatar than Winnie-the-Pooh. The “silly old bear”—who originated in the playtime imagination of a young Christopher Robin Milne, and was subsequently burnished by his father, A. A. (Alan Alexander)—has long since slipped the bonds of English nursery literature to become a global brand, nearly as ubiquitous as the Nike swoosh (except in China, where depictions of Pooh have been censored in recent years after satirical comparisons between him and President Xi Jinping went viral). READ ON

A pencil drawing by E. H. Shepard. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic,” opening today at the Royal Ontario Museum, in Toronto, promises a return to the less frenzied grounds of the Hundred Acre Wood.

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Peregrine Pollen Brilliant, curious, and gifted, the Oxford-born art-world character ran Sotheby Parke-Bernet

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A touch of Joe
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Issue No. 34
March 7, 2020
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Issue No. 34
March 7, 2020

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