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Issue No. 58

The View from There Why the G.O.P. makes a point of starting at the bottom

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Unreal Estate Harry and Meghan buy their dream house: a crooked Russian oligarch’s 14,563-square-foot mansion in Montecito

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Sunak the Magnificent Is the Tory party’s newest rising star, the son of South Asian small-business owners, destined to become the conservative Tony Blair?

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Small Talk
“I don’t take off the mask until the third date.”

The Naked City With America’s newsrooms closed—some maybe for good—a veteran of the Daily News recalls the paper’s action-packed and alcohol-soaked heyday

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Charlotte Philby The granddaughter of Soviet spy Kim Philby is writing espionage novels from the woman’s point of view

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Up in Flames As Burning Man goes virtual, a new documentary reveals what really goes down on the playa

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Small Talk

Creature Comforts

Being a veterinarian came easily to James Alfred Wight. Becoming a writer, however, was less of a straight line. Wight, who adopted the pen name James Herriot, whiled away his days in the stables and fields of Yorkshire by telling stories and scribbling down anecdotes of his experiences. Herriot learned to type, studied how-to-write books, and endured the rejection of multiple manuscripts before he finally published his first book, a memoir of sorts called If Only They Could Talk, in 1970, when he was well into his 50s. Ultimately, Herriot went on to publish eight books, selling more than 60 million copies in 26 different languages. READ ON

Set in Yorkshire, All Creatures Great and Small stars, from left, Samuel West as Siegfried Farnon, Nicholas Ralph as James Herriot, Callum Woodhouse as Tristan Farnon, and Anna Madeley as Edna Hall.

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Tracking the Golden State Killer How one man’s obsession fueled a best-seller and a hit documentary

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Get an Earful Listen to this week’s selection of six AIR MAIL pieces read aloud

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Flights of Fancy For Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz, the best writing—and reading—offers an escape

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Hardened Criminality,
Part II
Ron Jeremy thought he was destined for a Hollywood crossover. The life he ended up with was much more sordid

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Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family

by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand
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The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win

by Maria Konnikova
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Small Talk
“It’s time you started thinking about your future, young man … ”

Marriage Story Stanley Kubrick’s biographer uncovers the driving force behind The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut: a roller-coaster relationship with a beautiful, mercurial dancer

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Sobering Developments Is it even drinking if there’s no alcohol involved? One woman investigates the trend of excessively responsible imbibing …

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Small Talk
“And I’m telling you it looks exactly like the picture. See?”
View With a Room

House Envy In Umbria, a collection of spectacular homes are now available to rent at Castello di Reschio

A Writer’s Editor A longtime editor for Time magazine, Ray Cave brought ambition, wisdom, and wit to the job

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Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

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Chris Garrett Michael Hainey Nathan King

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Elena Clavarino Clementine Ford Alex Oliveira Elinor Schneider


Cazzie David Emma Freud Walter Isaacson
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Lili Anolik Joseph Bullmore William D. Cohan Rich Cohen Stuart Heritage George Kalogerakis Sam Kashner Alexandra Marshall

International Editor

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London Editor

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H. Scott Jolley


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Issue No. 58
August 22, 2020
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Issue No. 58
August 22, 2020

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