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Issue No. 54

The View from There

Trump’s talent for fallibility is infallible…

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Signifying Nothing The coronavirus is not here to teach humanity a lesson. Beware of its self-proclaimed interpreters

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No-Brain Teaser A few questions that should have been on the cognitive test Trump boasts he “aced”

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An Outsize Burden America’s Black elite deserve to be reckoned with on their own terms—not those created by the media

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Depposition This libel trial continues to expose celebrity behavior more depraved than anything the tabloids could invent

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I ❤️ MG A longtime collaborator recalls Milton Glaser, a giant of midcentury graphic design

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O Brother, Where Art Thou? A $60 million wedding, and then a big family dustup

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Did You Hear the Story About … Now you can listen to audio versions of some of this week’s most talked about AIR MAIL pieces

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Small Talk
“I guess that 30-days-of-clean-eating thing you’re doing really flushes out your ability to talk about anything else.”

Liquid Assets

Last winter, Tabula Rasa Dance Theater—the fledgling Manhattan-based contemporary-dance company—was rehearsing for its third season when the coronavirus lockdown hit. An ambitious spring program, Border of Lights, was canceled, the company lost crucial revenue, and 9 out of 11 dancers caught the virus. READ ON

For Liquidus, a new solo series that premiered July 25, Felipe Escalante trained his dancers to perform within the confines of their apartments. Here, Escalante is pictured during a Liquidus rehearsal.

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The End or the Beginning? Anne Applebaum says democracy is in its final days. The author says, Not so fast

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Stung by Their Beauty Bees are earth’s keystone species. If they perish, we perish. So, what happens when you add 250,000 bees to your farm? Well, things start buzzing …

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Small Talk
“O.K., who can tell me what he did wrong?”

The Going Is Good At 61, Kathy Valentine, the subject of a new documentary on the Go-Go’s, shows no sign of slowing down

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Winds of Change New exhibitions celebrate the outsize life and work of photographer Gordon Parks as well as the artist Khadija Saye, killed in the Grenfell Tower fire at 24

Open-Air Revival

The coronavirus has revived the drive-in from the dead, and scores of alfresco screens are sprouting up wherever crickets gather. After all, what better, safer place to catch a film than from inside the bubble of a car? Or, for that matter, on the tranquil waters of a socially distanced boat, with perhaps a picnic basket packed? (So French.) Read On

Film with a view: on the Seine, socially distanced boats gather for the opening night of Paris Plages’ free-floating theater, Le Cinéma sur L’Eau.

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Jennifer Weiner The author of In Her Shoes recommends the best books for the exercise-curious

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The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice

by David Hill
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To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq

by Robert Draper
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Small Talk
“He died doing what he loved.”

007 Lives at No. 25 James Bond sleuths believe they have pinpointed his home in London—and discovered George Smiley was a neighbor

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Preserve and Protect Gourmands around the world know that Bonne Maman glorifies the French tradition of jam-making. But just how does the ultra-secretive operation do it?

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Small Talk
“It walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, but personally I have my doubts.”

Hotel Ritz ashtray, East End Avenue, 2020. One day in late April, I imagined I wasn’t in lockdown in my apartment but instead staying at the Ritz in Paris. So I threw an antique French linen napkin over a tray and made myself an espresso, and, voilà, I was in France for a few hours.
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Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

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Lili Anolik Bill Cohan Rich Cohen Stuart Heritage George Kalogerakis Sam Kashner Alexandra Marshall

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London Editor

Bridget Arsenault

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Anna Bradlee

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Issue No. 54
July 25, 2020
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Issue No. 54
July 25, 2020

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