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Issue No. 77

The View from Here The sea is rising. The air is warming. The bay is dying. But the party in Miami goes on

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His Way The cat-and-mouse game Frank Sinatra and Gay Talese played in 1965 produced arguably the greatest magazine feature ever. The story behind it is riveting

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Small Talk
“Politics has divided everything.”

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About … ?
Curious news about these strange days

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Let’s Fire the H.R. Department Something good has to come from the coronavirus

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David Byrne Burns Down the House The once-in-a-lifetime experience of American Utopia

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Gift Guide


Zooming with the Cast of The Wire Is America finally ready for David Simon’s HBO masterpiece?

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Downward Goat? How the occasional pile of dung became the trendiest fitness accessory

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Did Frank Sinatra Do Yoga with Goats? On this week’s edition of the AIR MAIL podcast, it seems anything is possible

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Tuppence Middleton In Mank, the vibrant British actress plays “Poor Sara,” the put-upon wife of Herman Mankiewicz

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Low Fidelity Why the best screenplay adaptations pervert their novels of origin

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Small Talk
“I told you this would be better than a bird feeder. Heh. I’ll go brew some coffee.”
Open Book

In Bloom Flowers from ancient to modern times inhabit a festive book of photographs and works on paper


Ed Sorel The longtime illustrator and satirist recommends his favorite books, spanning three centuries

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The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes

by Gyles Brandreth
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Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent

by Rich Cohen
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I got you, Babe: 2021 is the year of the (blue) ox.
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Issue No. 77
January 2, 2021
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Issue No. 77
January 2, 2021