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Issue No. 52

The View from There

“Ninety percent of a director’s job is casting,” about a thousand movie directors have said over the years…

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The end of another very bad week. Sad!

The Making of a Madam Growing up, Ghislaine Maxwell was envied, admired, and teased, but what made her conspire with Jeffrey Epstein for decades?

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The Art of the Steal Jet-setting art dealer Inigo Philbrick is facing 20 years in jail after the F.B.I. bound his hands with zip ties and arrested him on a South Pacific island

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Voyage of the Damned The harrowing inside story of the coronavirus-ravaged cruise ship with 2,500 passengers that no one wanted

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In Cold Blood: A Why-Dunnit A closer reading reveals a theory about Truman Capote’s attraction to the story—and the killers

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Small Talk
“I grew up in St. Louis and went to school in New Jersey and have been in Brooklyn ever since, but, sure, I guess technically I’m ‘from’ the Black Lagoon.”

Meta-Meat Nothing says “Continental” cuisine like hot-dog lasagna

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Brigitte Bardot attends the opening of Contempt in Rome with, to her left, actor Michel Piccoli and director Jean-Luc Godard. The author Alberto Moravia stands behind the couch.

Paparazzi Fever

Jean-Luc Godard’s classic 1963 film Contempt—his most commercially successful feature—is best known for its leading lady, Brigitte Bardot, the main event in an all-star cast that included Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, and the legendary director Fritz Lang. It also has the pedigree of its source material: a novel by Alberto Moravia; the sun, sand, and sea of the dazzling Isle of Capri; the modernist Casa Malaparte as its indelible final location; and Godard himself, the foremost exponent of the New Wave, here deconstructing a marriage, a myth, the act of selling out, and cinema itself. As if all that weren’t enough, the lavish production of Contempt served as the springboard for a pair of short black-and-white films, both capturing the Zeitgeist of that glamorous moment. READ ON

All the Write Moves Transparency, brevity, color: simple steps for writing well

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Tracking an Apocalypse How The New York Times will cover the zombie invasion

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On the Prowl In a bid to win the car world’s sustainability war, Jaguar has created a battery-electric car with a soul

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The Sun, the Moon, and the Star Eve Hewson takes on her biggest role, in the adaptation of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Luminaries

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Living Her Best Lockdown As Angelica Cheung, the editor of Vogue China, heads back to the office, she reflects on an isolated life well lived

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Small Talk
When Debs were Debutantes

Photo by Bachrach A Who’s Who of the 20th century wanted their portrait taken at one family-run studio


Memoirs and Misinformation

by Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon
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Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944–1945

by Ian W. Toll
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Murder, They Wrote

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Small Talk

Roth Unbound “He could love and hate and rage with the best of them”: a close friend of Philip Roth’s remembers the enigmatic writer

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Pip Carter’s Sketchbook
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Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

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Issue No. 52
July 11, 2020
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Issue No. 52
July 11, 2020