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Issue No. 53

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Dear MacKenzie Bezos,

It’s been a little over a year since your divorce from Jeff was finalized, and we have an idea for you. It’s a doozy: a way to give back while getting even…

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Sounding the Alarm Thomas Chatterton Williams, an originator of Harper’s “Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” on cancel culture and the future of free speech

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The Passenger Why Jeffrey Epstein cultivated a friendship with Bill Clinton is obvious. What the ex-president got out of it is harder to explain

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There’s the Rub A massage therapist on Epstein’s Little St. James Island says Ghislaine Maxwell was the ultimate anti-victim

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The (Kanye) West Wing Imagining his first 100 days

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Barbarians at the School Gate Part II: Illicit affairs? Kids out of wedlock? Will smear-mongering parents trash one of New York’s most elite schools?

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Money Pit The sheikh who can’t remember how many villas and castles he owns

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Double-Dip

In the summer of 1946, the French designer Louis Réard unveiled a super-skimpy two-piece swimsuit in Paris. The garment reflected the freewheeling spirit of postwar Europe, and took its name—“bikini”—from the Bikini atoll, an island in the South Pacific used for nuclear testing. There had been two-piece swimsuits before 1946, but none had ever dared expose the navel. Exploding like a bomb, Réard’s two-piece sent waves of shock and delight around the world. READ ON

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“I should be home at the regular time … unless the charges stick.”

Off with Their Perks How “Penelopegate” sentenced a leading French pol to prison and shook the country’s ruling elite

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Life of the Party Whether it’s a last-minute rental for Mick Jagger or a male model to tend your bar, Serena Cook can make anything happen on the storied island

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The Lion Queens An elite group of female rangers take on wildlife poachers in Kenya

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“Your mistake was being so hospitable to humans.”

Frenemies, Cold War–Style Dominic West and Damian Lewis take on one of the greatest spy scandals ever

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Sic Trans Gloria Cancel culture moves into London and tries to rub out the Booker Prize, J. K. Rowling, and her defenders

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“I love the smell of unmitigated quagmire in the morning.”

Make Russia Great Again

by Christopher Buckley
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Utopia Avenue

by David Mitchell
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The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood—and America—Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

by Greg Mitchell
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On the Dodge Retracing the life of Butch Cassidy, the American West’s answer to Robin Hood

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Son Rise As the newly minted C.E.O. of Tag Heuer, Frédéric Arnault is the latest scion to watch

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The Fall Guy Bronx nebbish Herb Stempel revealed that America’s best-rated quiz show was a fraud—and so was its beloved champion, Charles Van Doren

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Lucia Bosè (1931–2020) was once known as “the Most Beautiful Woman in the World” after winning the Miss Italy contest in 1947. She became an actress, most famous for Antonioni’s Story of a Love Affair (1950) and The Lady Without Camelias (1953), as well as films by Fellini, Cocteau, and Buñuel. She retired from acting for a bit after marrying a famous bullfighter in the 50s, who was friends with Picasso and Hemingway. When I read the sad news that she died of the coronavirus in Seville, Spain, I set to work immediately in my quarantined Connecticut studio to pay homage to her luminous beauty.
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Issue No. 53
July 18, 2020
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Issue No. 53
July 18, 2020
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