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Issue No. 40

The View from Here

You wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy. Or should you?…

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Supreme Indifference What the Supreme Court’s decision about the Wisconsin primary means for this year’s election

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A Bug’s Life The author of Contagion delivers an open letter from a tiny invader who goes by the name Coronavirus

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The Highest Office A former Trump intimate insists that Donald Trump is a known substance abuser. Why is no one listening?

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Smut and Vinegar One company’s mission to restore vintage pornography and rare genre films gives new meaning to the word “artisan”

Small Talk
“We really need to do something about the lawn.”

“While the media and Democrats refused to seriously acknowledge this virus in January and February, President Trump took bold action to protect Americans and unleash the full power of the federal government to curb the spread of the virus, expand testing capabilities and expedite vaccine development even when we had no true idea the level of transmission or asymptomatic spread.”

—Judd Deere, a White House spokesman


The Woman in the Window The American photographer Ruth Orkin did her best work without ever leaving the house


Read Any Good TV Lately? Even when shows are in English, more and more viewers choose to watch with captioning. So, what’s the story?

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Virtual Must-Sees

How to Thrash Your Family at Scrabble Tips and tactics that will make you Master of the Board in these lockdown days

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A Cake and a Waltz

“Throw reason and restraint to the wind before you begin,” advised the Swarthmore professor Eugene Weber, when he passed along the recipe of the original Rosenkavalier torte to Craig Claiborne, the American taste-maker supreme and food editor at The New York Times. Whipped up in honor of the beloved Richard Strauss opera, this triple-tier indulgence of mixed nuts, chocolate, and jam was the creation of Mrs. Hugo von Hofmannsthal, wife of the celebrated Rosenkavalier librettist. Her frosting alone called for a pound of butter. She said to slice servings very thin. READ ON

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2017 production of Der Rosenkavalier will be available for streaming starting tomorrow evening.

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More Side Effects Self-isolation then and now. A lot has changed since 1978—but some things haven’t

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Isobel Waller-Bridge The musician talks about scoring the film Emma; her sister, Phoebe; and what kind of sounds suit a hot priest

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Small Talk

Essential Reading On running a bookstore in lockdown

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Miss Aluminum

by Susanna Moore
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The Ratline: Love, Lies and Justice on the Trail of a Nazi Fugitive

by Philippe Sands
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Murder, They Wrote

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The Signal and the Noise The author of a new book on concentration finds her own focus shattered under quarantine

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“Nipper” Read In the 1960s, he took down the Kray twins, Swinging London’s most ruthless gangsters—and helped solve the Great Train Robbery

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Small Talk
“Of course I’m worried. He never washes his hands.”

Paris, April 2020.
Is Edited By

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

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 George Kalogerakis

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

Sales Director

Michael Pescuma

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Integrated Marketing Manager

Madeline Spates

Issue No. 40
April 18, 2020
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Issue No. 40
April 18, 2020

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