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Issue No. 59

The View from There Trumpageddon live!

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Charlotte’s Web How did a 28-year-old unknown actress bring down a titan of Hollywood—and become the center of the town’s scandals?

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“Of course the cow jumped you for the promotion—the guy is a ruthless social climber. Nobody likes him. Look at that fake smile. You don’t want that life. Ugh, I’m sorry, man. Lunch on me today, O.K.? Whaddya want? You want Thai?”

Last Night I Dreamt I Saw Rebecca Again

There’s a golden rule in Hollywood: Whatever worked once may work yet again. It makes sense, because story lines full of glamour and intrigue tend to appeal to wide audiences, regardless of the era or the prevailing mood. The film version of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, won the Academy Award for best picture in 1941. When producer David O. Selznick read Hitchcock’s first treatment of the novel, he was reportedly “shocked and disappointed beyond words” at the detours the screenplay would take from the original narrative. READ ON

Lily James reprises the role made famous by Joan Fontaine.

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Bunga Bunga Is Back, Baby! Nearing his mid-80s, former Italian P.M. and infamous womanizer Silvio Berlusconi is poised for a comeback (he also just tested positive for the coronavirus)

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Platitudes and Gratitude Are you fluent in Markle-speak? Take the test!

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Invisible Woman Daisy Bates was one of the civil-rights era’s most formidable forces. Why is her story not better known?

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Lost at Sea Searching for answers to her mother’s mysterious death, Natalie Wood’s daughter questions Robert Wagner

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Hardened Criminality,
Part III
The allegations against Ron Jeremy are approaching a climax. Is he finally getting what he deserves?

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Mean Girl Ellen DeGeneres faces accusations of, well, you name it

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Bach of Ages An interview with Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who is releasing two new recordings of Bach’s formidable Goldberg Variations

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Jack Mulhern At 26, the actor has acted in series for Netflix, Hulu, and HBO. This week sees the premiere of his first movie, a coming-of-age hockey story that hits close to home

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“This is Miami—we’ll let the rising sea level do the rest.”

I Hear You Listen to this week’s selection of six AIR MAIL pieces read aloud

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Your Bird Can Play

What Kinda Bird Is This? While it may sound like a wise-guy challenger to Peterson’s field guide, this is in fact a lively new release by drummer Eric Ineke and saxophonist Tineke Postma, one of many homages to the jazz titan Charlie Parker—better known as Bird—on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Prompted, we ponder some answers. A seagull of insatiable lusts and shrill, inconsolable keening? A phoenix rising from the ashes of early abashment (Jo Jones hurling a cymbal, dashing his errant solo) to soar as master of the alto saxophone, magus of bebop, and one of the great musicians of the 20th century? READ ON

Charlie Parker with his alto saxophone, circa 1940. Celebrations honoring the jazz great, who would have turned 100 on August 29, are on in Amsterdam, Ravello, and elsewhere.

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Ann Goldstein Elena Ferrante has a new novel. Here, its translator recommends her favorite books about Italy

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Magnum Force A new book collects images of great artists shot by great photographers. Here, photos of Matisse by Robert Capa, Dalí by Philippe Halsman, Frida Kahlo by Werner Bischof, and more

Munkey Diaries: 1957–1982

by Jane Birkin
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Hitler: Downfall, 1939–1945

by Volker Ullrich, translated by Jefferson Chase
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Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl

by Jonathan C. Slaght
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Eddy Torigoe Pellot’s Sketchbook
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Issue No. 59
August 29, 2020
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Issue No. 59
August 29, 2020