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Issue No. 60

The View from Here (Here being Minsk)

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The Morning After … Just what might happen in America if there is no indisputable victor on Election Night?

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Fearless Leader After fighting to hold her employer accountable for a Kenyan town’s lead poisoning, Phyllis Omido is being called East Africa’s Erin Brockovich

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The BBC scraps the “Rule, Britannia!” lyrics from a beloved music program for fear of re-awakening the woke, then reverses its reverse
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“Per your father’s wishes, the reading of the will shall be preceded by a tight five-minute comedy set inspired by my dating life—or lack thereof!”

Those Naughty Evangelicals! Jerry Falwell Jr. was very happy to bear witness as wife Becki ministered to the young pool attendant

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Farm to Screen

“For us, Easter isn’t really about Easter eggs and holiday,” says Amanda Owen in the Channel 5 documentary series Our Yorkshire Farm. “Easter for us is all about lambing.” The series follows the Owen family—Amanda; her husband, Clive (alas, no resemblance to the other Clive); and their nine children—as they manage their 2,000-acre Ravenseat Farm in northern Yorkshire. Naturally, the kids, ranging from teen to toddler, all help. READ ON

The Owen family: hardworking farmers and unlikely television stars.

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The Da Vinci Coda Best-selling author Dan Brown’s marriage unravels amid accusations of affairs and financial shenanigans worthy of, well, a very bad novel

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What if … Cher Were Postmaster General? She’s been trying to volunteer at her Malibu post office. What might happen if she got the top job?

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A Vine Way to Improve Your Home It’s the right kind of greenhouse effect

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The Bird (and Wine) Men of Gorgona On a remote island, inmates at Italy’s last penal colony produce one of the region’s most expensive wines and learn to care for animals

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Hear, Hear Listen up: an audio selection of four of this week’s AIR MAIL stories

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“Tonight we dine with the Devil. But tomorrow we really have to finish what’s left in the fridge.”

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The Official Wheels of Squaresville? The new Citroën Ami looks like a Playmobil, but it could be the future of driving

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Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers The star athlete and pageant winner who is shaking up politics in Anguilla

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In Bloom

The California-based artist Trevor Paglen is known for photographing U.S.-government black sites in the Nevada desert, spy satellites in the night skies, and underwater cables that power the World Wide Web. He has described his approach as “visualizing modes of control and turning them into artworks.” So why the sudden swerve into flower photography? Paglen’s latest solo exhibition, at Pace in London, is aptly titled “Bloom.” It features several large-scale photographs of flower formations, a nod to the work of Baroque still-life painters of the 17th century. READ ON

Trevor Paglen’s A.I.-influenced floral photographs go on display at Pace Gallery in London on September 10.

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Open Book

Wild Wheels On what would have been festival weekend, photographs by Scott London celebrate Burning Man’s most eccentric rides

The Quiet Americans: Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War—a Tragedy in Three Acts

by Scott Anderson
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Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country

by John Kampfner
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Murder, They Wrote

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El Chapo Guzmán, Movie Star The incarcerated Mexican drug lord isn’t giving up on his Hollywood dreams

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“Well then, can we count on your vote if you get a job that pays enough to get your car repaired so you can drive to your polling station?”

Five-Star Woes Even the world’s most revered luxury hotels are struggling through the pandemic

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Paradise in Napa A Faustian bargain that will re-invigorate your soul

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The World’s Most Amusing Naughty Person As Sotheby’s prepares to auction the treasures of John Richardson, his friend remembers the art historian’s intense, inspiring, high-low life

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The first time I went to Musée Nissim de Camondo, in Paris, was about 40 years ago, with Richard Buckley. Back then, the museum didn’t have the power that it does for me now, a man in my late 60s. The chairs have become my friends, my touchstones. They know history—they have seen too much—but they are still there, aging but always beautiful. Richard and I exchange random e-mails, pandemics come and go, but the chairs remain.
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Issue No. 60
September 5, 2020
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Issue No. 60
September 5, 2020