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The View from Here Bernard-Henri Lévy will never give up on hopeless causes

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Where Thoughts Go to Die Professors from Britain’s top universities tell of the death threats and abuse they face at conferences and on campus

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Thank You for Smoking Lighting up indoors? Never! Well, except at these illustrious establishments …

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Jeff Bezos’s Projectile Dysfunction In the space race between billionaires, Musk is throttling Bezos. How is that possible?

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When It Reigns, It Pours Nearly 70 percent of the British population never want to see the Duke of York return to public life, and Prince William is not a fan

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Watch Velvet Goldmine Almost every reviewer will recommend you see Todd Haynes’s new—and first—documentary, The Velvet Underground Play Vanderbilt Tennis Club On the fourth floor of Grand Central Terminal there’s a regulation-size tennis court. Like the trains… Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014 London held at Earl’s Court - Catwalk Featuring: Elsa Hosk Where: London, United Kingdom When: 02 Dec 2014 Listen Fallen Angel Long before Facebook came up with algorithms to undermine young women’s confidence, Victoria’s Secret was already there… Download Forest To encourage iPhone addicts to put their devices down, the Forest app offers a “gamified timer” that incentivizes users… Wear Marfa Stance Something distressing has happened. With little warning, full-fledged fall has arrived—and your Air Mail style correspondent’s outerwear… Smell Moncler It takes a lot to surprise us these days. But a customizable L.E.D. screen on a bottle of perfume will do the job. Such is the primary feature… Watch Velvet Goldmine Almost every reviewer will recommend you see Todd Haynes’s new—and first—documentary, The Velvet Underground Play Vanderbilt Tennis Club On the fourth floor of Grand Central Terminal there’s a regulation-size tennis court. Like the trains… Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014 London held at Earl’s Court - Catwalk Featuring: Elsa Hosk Where: London, United Kingdom When: 02 Dec 2014 Listen Fallen Angel Long before Facebook came up with algorithms to undermine young women’s confidence, Victoria’s Secret was already there… Download Forest To encourage iPhone addicts to put their devices down, the Forest app offers a “gamified timer” that incentivizes users… Wear Marfa Stance Something distressing has happened. With little warning, full-fledged fall has arrived—and your Air Mail style correspondent’s outerwear… Smell Moncler It takes a lot to surprise us these days. But a customizable L.E.D. screen on a bottle of perfume will do the job. Such is the primary feature…
“He says it’s ‘a Dorian Gray situation.’”

The Godfather of The Godfather How Mario Puzo turned his gambling addiction and fruitful imagination into the best Mob story of all time

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Goop Sex Armed with a new Netflix series and an arsenal of vibrators, Gwyneth Paltrow invades the bedroom

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My Favorite Things “The art world is alive and kicking,” says independent curator and artistic director Roya Sachs of her robust fall agenda. Herewith, she shares “my go-tos to get me through the next two weeks”

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Landing Gear Discover a retro-inspired camera that looks as good as it works; the otherworldly training device top Olympians swear by; a battery pack tailor-made for travelers; and more

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The Man Who Spawned Logan Roy

Jesse Armstrong, the creator of Succession, reveals his thoughts on the new season—and answers his critics
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Game Changer Jung Ho-yeon has become the breakout star of Squid Game, and the new face of South Korea

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A Podcast You Can’t Refuse There’s no omertà here … just lots of revealing information

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A Young-Old Sex Affair in France And other strange news about these curious days …

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An illustration by Istvan Banyai for the 1995 children’s book Zoom, included in an exhibition on wordless picture books at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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As a picture-book writer, but not an illustrator, I can say this: wordless picture books stand tall as the medium’s purest expression. If you don’t believe me, ask Charlie Chaplin what he thought about the difference between silent movies and talkies. “Dialogue, to my way of thinking,” he once observed, “always slows action, because action must wait on words.” That’s true of picture books, too. Ditch words (sniffle), gain immediacy. READ ON

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“Rumble … rumble … the strange noise was getting louder … ”

Provence’s Best-Kept Secret Europe’s most stylish flock to this idyllic private estate

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Doom and Bloom

It may be inappropriate, when seeking to praise a world-class visual artist on the occasion of her first, full career retrospective, to talk about your visit to her house for dinner. But one of the first aesthetic experiences I had in connection with Dawn DeDeaux occurred when I was a guest in a slightly deconstructed shotgun shack that was part of her studio compound in the Gentilly neighborhood of her native New Orleans, not all that far from the grand house on Esplanade Avenue where she lived as a child with her grandmother, down the street from where Degas once stayed. READ ON

Daisy Space Clown in Black Field, 2013, by Dawn DeDeaux, who is currently the subject of a retrospective at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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“I’m a dentist in the streets and a dentist in the sheets. Don’t ever ask me to be something I’m not, Debby.”

Bland. James Bland In No Time to Die, 007 is defeated … by the wokes

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Air Mail Jr.

Glory Edim The writer and entrepreneur behind the Well-Read Black Girl volume, book club, and festival has started a literary movement for Black women

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When Trump Trumps Logic Books on Donald Trump’s narcissism, by Michael Wolff, and financial misdeeds, by David Cay Johnston, sound a familiar alarm. Will people listen?

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Solid Ivory

by James Ivory
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Noël Coward on (and in) Theatre

by Barry Day
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The Haute-est New Hotel in Paris The LVMH-owned Cheval Blanc brings luxury to new heights. But who’s buying it?

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Rejoice in life’s cryptic moments with this soundtrack from Jackson Browne, Dolly Parton, Jim James, Aisha Badru, and more

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Empire State of mind: get vaccinated!
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In Memoriam

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Issue No. 119
October 23, 2021
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Issue No. 119
October 23, 2021