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Issue No. 80

The View from Here Told you so …

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Sine QAnon The Camelot Castle Hotel, in Cornwall, has traded its Arthurian theme for right-wing conspiracy theories and a cult of Trump

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Who’s That Girl? Sorry, Joe—at Biden’s inauguration, all eyes were on poet Amanda Gorman

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Sorry, Not Sorry In Paris, the Café de Flore set has been plagued with sex-crime scandals—but there’s no apology in sight

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Putin on the Ritz! Opposition leader Alexei Navalny risks prison—or worse—to give a house tour of the Russian president’s secret pleasure palace

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Fifty Shades of Desperation Will there be ravishing, bodice ripping, and throbbing members in Sarah Ferguson’s new romance novel?

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Small Talk

Did You Hear
About … ?
Trump’s taping troubles; a dumped fortune; swag-stealing monkeys; and more

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A Boy, a Mole, a Fox, and a Horse Walk into Lockdown … Charlie Mackesy’s charming illustrations bring levity to dark times

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Graydon Carter Discusses Donald Trump On this week’s podcast, AIR MAIL’s co-editor shares his unique perspective on Trump’s mental state, the bizarre final days, and what awaits him now

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Air Supply

Small Talk
“I have no trouble falling asleep, and I have no trouble waking up. I just need to switch when they happen.”

The Handbag’s Tale Will the fervor for designer arm candy persist in the post-coronavirus world?

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The Toks of My Tears How did posting breakup videos on TikTok become the new trend for Gen Z and millennials?

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Space Odyssey A book of photographs offers new ways of looking at architecture, its influence, and its surroundings

Biting Back A German publisher is finally relinquishing rights to a best-selling cookbook, stolen from a Jewish family and republished under an Aryanized name

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Mike Nichols: A Life

by Mark Harris
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Göring’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World

by Jonathan Petropoulos
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Murder, They Wrote

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“I know you’re trying to kill me, but this is actually quite fun!”

Blood Sport An activist reveals the shocking truth behind big-game hunting, and the moneyed interests (with the U.S. government in their pocket) that are making sure things don’t change

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Call My Agent! The French comedy featuring Monica Bellucci, Juliette Binoche, and other stars messing with their image is back

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Small Talk

Electrifying Guitar How the 60s hit “Classical Gas” became the anthem of movies, television, and, most recently, The Queen’s Gambit

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Air Mail Jr.

Inès Longevial The young French painter’s large, vibrant works take inspiration from the Spanish artists of the last century

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Hell’s Angel

“Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars,” wrote Dante Alighieri, to describe the hopeful passage from hell to purgatory in his Divine Comedy, completed in 1320. These words were thought to have comforted the Renaissance painter Federico Zuccari at the end of the 16th century, when he was living away from his native Italy and illustrating Dante’s work. The line also provided inspiration for the Uffizi Gallery’s new online exhibition of Zuccari’s Divine Comedy drawings, timed to the 700-year anniversary of Dante’s death. READ ON

The Gates of Hell, illustrated by Federico Zuccari to accompany Dante’s “Inferno.” Zuccari’s complete illustration is available to view on the Uffizi’s Web site.

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Katharine Whitehorn Witty insights and brisk, clear thinking were hallmarks of a writer who broke down journalistic barriers in the U.K.

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Who would be honest enough to say, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap”? Well, Dolly Parton—country music’s self-proclaimed “Backwoods Barbie,” who celebrated her 75th birthday this week—would.
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Issue No. 80
January 23, 2021
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Issue No. 80
January 23, 2021

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