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Issue No. 49

The View from Here

You can tell a lot about a society by the way it equips those who serve on its front lines…

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The Making of a Predator, Part II How Bob Weinstein played a primal role in Harvey’s rise and—perhaps—fall

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Dutch Courage At a protest in Amsterdam, flashbacks to a childhood shaped by the civil-rights movement

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Deconstructing the Middletons Why can’t the British press stop talking about Kate’s fun-loving family?

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Small Talk
“I swear to sell my book, my whole book, and nothing but my book.”

Monuments Men Guess which side surrendered at Appomattox

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Hiding the Truth About Antifa from Your Uncle He has nothing to fear but fear of a mostly over-exaggerated leftist militant concept itself

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Will Some Twentysomethings Take Down Trump? Two roommates sue the president for violating their constitutional rights—simply so he could pose with a Bible

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Hamptons Behaving Badly In this installment: The Tale of the Sag Harbor Squatter

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Take a Deep Breath Thanks to a $56,000 ventilation system, fine dining welcomes back Parisians at Alain Ducasse’s Allard

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Back to School A nation of strivers under lockdown meets the à la carte subscription academy MasterClass

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Au Revoir, Le Caprice The fashionable London restaurant—whose regulars have included Lady Di, Vivienne Westwood, and Mick Jagger—won’t be reopening after lockdown

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Small Talk
“I’d be no kind of Christian if I left a disabled guy and his sleepy friend out in the rain—hop in!”

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Double Agent

Jacques Joseph Tissot, born in Nantes in 1836, was an Anglophile who went by “James” and moved to London in 1871. He made tender portraits of his Irish lover, Kathleen Newton, until she died of tuberculosis. Back in France, he painted confident Frenchwomen in lively crowds and sensuously cinched dresses, but Parisians dismissed the subjects as too British. He illustrated anguished scenes from the Bible in precisely composed tableaux en gouaches, led by his re-discovered Catholic faith. It can be confounding to try to bind it all together. How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? READ ON

Ces Dames des Chars, included in “James Tissot: Ambiguously Modern” at Paris’s newly reopened Musée d’Orsay.

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Estate of Affairs Tax fraud, an absent accountant, and squabbling male models are threatening to undermine Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy

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Old Vic, Fresh Air

It’s been two and a half months since the West End in London drew its last curtain, following New York City’s Broadway into darkness. And while it’s likely to be years before we see a return to packed productions, a handful of forward thinkers have put their efforts into conceptualizing what exactly proto–pandemic theater has to offer struggling playhouses and captive audiences alike. The result is the return of Claire Foy and Matt Smith to their starring roles in Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, the first in the Old Vic theater’s new series of virtual productions. READ ON

Matt Smith and Claire Foy rehearsing Lungs last year. The actors will perform in a weeklong run of livestreamed shows beginning June 26.

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Small Talk
“He looks just like you.”

Great Awakening After months of lockdown in his small Italian village, designer Brunello Cucinelli reveals a way forward

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Open Book

The Way Things Were A look back at the debauched inner workings of 80s-era Oxford social life


Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

by Viv Groskop
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Murder, They Wrote

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Small Talk
“If you’ve eaten the grasshopper, then you’ve completely missed the point of my story.”

Live at the Front Vera Lynn’s torch songs were not high art, but they kept up morale among the rank-and-file British soldiers fighting W.W. II

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Issue No. 49
June 20, 2020
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Issue No. 49
June 20, 2020