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Issue No. 57

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Which Trump-appointed ambassador is not like all the others? Is it a) the dermatologist, b) the cosmetics queen, c) the chiropractor, or d) the pharmaceuticals heir?…

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Taking—and Making—Liberties Three years after #MeToo allegations sank his Laurene Powell Jobs–funded magazine, Leon Wieseltier wants back in

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Red Bulls**t In Thailand, can a new generation of the young, rich, and powerful get away with murder?

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Days of Whine and Rosés The Hamptons put the “distance” in social distancing

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Small Talk
“Hey, look! The restaurants are opening back up.”

Hardened Criminality? The world’s most inexplicably famous male porn star has been accused of rape (again). Ron Jeremy’s former ghostwriter lays bare how he got where he is

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From the Mariinsky, with Love

Valery Gergiev, master of all he surveys at St. Petersburg’s renowned Mariinsky Theatre, is a man who famously cannot sit still. Named artistic director and chief conductor in 1988 and promoted to general director in 1996, he has since expanded his portfolio with the construction of an acoustically exemplary new concert hall as well as a second state-of-the-art opera house, complements to the glamorous imperial jewel box he was originally recruited to run. Between performances at home and on tour with the Mariinsky Opera, not to mention music directorships and guest engagements around the world, Gergiev keeps a breakneck schedule, and that is how he likes it. READ ON

A scene from Yaroslavna: The Eclipse, one of the Mariinsky productions available on the theater’s streaming platform.

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U.S./U.K. Football: Same Word, Different Sport Jason Sudeikis plays a U.S. coach who takes over a Premier League team

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All Ears Listen to this week’s selection of six delightful AIR MAIL pieces read aloud

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Daring Duo A writer on Succession teams up with the star of Secret Diary of a Call Girl in a new series, I Hate Suzie

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Breeding Anxiety: Gay-Dad Stress Disorder With their surrogate babies, Anderson Cooper and other wealthy men spark an identity crisis

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Small Talk
“There has to be a better way to remember the way back.”

Spirit of the Delta A new memoir by the stepsister of Robert Johnson offers a rare window into the life of the enigmatic and legendary blues virtuoso

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Ready for Their Close-Up Duncan Hannah’s “love portraits” of European movie stars


God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World

by Alan Mikhail
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The Sensitives: The Rise of Environmental Illness and the Search for America’s Last Pure Place

by Oliver Broudy
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Kurt Andersen Out with a new “recent history” of America, the writer suggests four books that helped influence his own work

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Heart of Stone The life of Confederate general Albert Pike, a member of the Freemasons, offers a new look at the secret brotherhood

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A Different Sputnik Oksana Akinshina stands out as the hardened heroine of a Russian version of Alien

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Small Talk
Working from home.

Sleeper Hit France brings back the night train. Environmentalists and railway enthusiasts rejoice

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So, What Explains Cats? The secret to creating a hit musical lies in an ancient Greek number

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Small Talk
“Look, Keith, they kept our potting sheds!”

Hot Priest The young, handsome vicar charming the streets of London with Judy Collins’s “Amazing Grace”

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Issue No. 57
August 15, 2020
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Issue No. 57
August 15, 2020

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