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The View from Here A 1956 letter reveals one quiet man’s defiance of McCarthyism

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Will Elizabeth Holmes Walk Free? Whom does a jury hate more? An accused grifter or filthy-rich people who let their greed lead them into a con?

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The Squid Game Secret People have chalked up the South Korean TV show’s unprecedented popularity to word of mouth. Here’s the real source of its success

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Victimhood Goes Mad The tribulations of the brainy and beautiful. Tiny violins, please!

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My Favorite Things Like his landmark apothecary, C. O. Bigelow, in Greenwich Village, Ian Ginsberg is something of a neighborhood fixture. Herewith, the ever stylish proprietor offers AIR MAIL a look at his current must-haves

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Serve Hay The quest for the perfect kitchen tongs can be a Goldilocks scenario—they’re either too stiff or too wobbly. Plus, many tongs look like… Listen Rockabye Baby! It’s never too early to indoctrinate your kids into good taste in music. Rockabye Baby!, a series of albums, kicks Mother Goose to the curb… Wear Sacai Plunking down a credit card for a Sacai jacket is no small matter. But your Air Mail style correspondent’s 2016 Sacai purchase… Watch The Billion Dollar Code In the early 1990s, when personal computing was just becoming widespread and the Internet… Eat Supermoon Bakehouse When you Google “Cronut,” one of the suggested searches is: “Are Cronuts still a thing?” Asking the question provides the answer… Shop Ana Khouri Ana Khouri’s high-jewelry collection is usually revealed once a year, by appointment only, at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris Serve Hay The quest for the perfect kitchen tongs can be a Goldilocks scenario—they’re either too stiff or too wobbly. Plus, many tongs look like… Listen Rockabye Baby! It’s never too early to indoctrinate your kids into good taste in music. Rockabye Baby!, a series of albums, kicks Mother Goose to the curb… Wear Sacai Plunking down a credit card for a Sacai jacket is no small matter. But your Air Mail style correspondent’s 2016 Sacai purchase… Watch The Billion Dollar Code In the early 1990s, when personal computing was just becoming widespread and the Internet… Eat Supermoon Bakehouse When you Google “Cronut,” one of the suggested searches is: “Are Cronuts still a thing?” Asking the question provides the answer… Shop Ana Khouri Ana Khouri’s high-jewelry collection is usually revealed once a year, by appointment only, at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris

Landing Gear A home sound system that—finally!—balances good design with performance; a military-grade smartphone; game-changing earphones with a sensible price tag; and more

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The Boss of Ted Lasso Hannah Waddingham has found stardom and an Emmy as the accidental owner of A.F.C. Richmond

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A Fiddler for Our Times

A teenager in a green hoodie skateboards onto the stage, where a structure made of old-world furniture, piled high, creates a towering backdrop. He produces a violin and plays a familiar tune. A wardrobe door swings open and out pours the populace of a Russian shtetl, circa 1905. This is the startling opening of Fiddler on the Roof (retitled Anatevka, as per German tradition), staged by Barrie Kosky for the Komische Oper Berlin. READ ON

Winter in Anatevka.

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“Unfortunately, our pilot said insensitive things on a podcast 10 years ago.”

Shows and Tales A new oral history brings back the glory days of the rock concert, starting with rock’s post–World War II R&B roots and going all the way through 1985’s Live Aid

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Words to Live By A British linguist wants to bring back the better halves of the English language

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The Podcast You Need Smart takes, a new issue, and the skinny on Squid Game. Morning Meeting has it all

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Jaden Michael Colin Kaepernick meets his match in the star who plays him as an aspiring high-school football player grappling with racism in Colin in Black & White

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South and West

Ever since he took up photography, more than 40 years ago, Mario Testino has been in perpetual motion—circling the world, working weekends, constantly jetting to just about anywhere. With his latest exhibition, “South Americana,” on now at Hamiltons Gallery, in London’s Mayfair, the Peruvian-born photographer makes a triumphant return to his home hemisphere. READ ON

Vaqueros (IV), shot by Mario Testino in Casanare, Colombia.

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Entitled Toffs and Plagiarizing Prime Ministers And other curious news about these strange days …

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Mann, Uninterrupted Aimee Mann, who provided the songs for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia and was one of the Big Lebowski nihilists, has a new album

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“And this is where we began labeling our products ‘plant-based.’”

Conversations with Friends The River Cafe’s Ruthie Rogers brings her recipes—and patrons—to life on a new podcast

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A Man for All Seasons From fashion to film to a stint at magazine editing, Tom Ford does it all. In the foreword to a new book, the author tries to describe how Ford became Tom Ford

The Last Picture Show

The illustrious illustrator recalls the humble 1950s graphic publication with big dreams he founded on a whim with Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser
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1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows: A Memoir

by Ai Weiwei
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The Transcendentalists and Their World

by Robert A. Gross
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“Their entire planet is coated in things called doodads, tchotchkes, trinkets, knickknacks, bric-a-brac, and clutter.”

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Body and Soul

Soul music to make you move, from Billy Preston, Prince, George Duke, D’Angelo, and more

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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 121
November 6, 2021
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Issue No. 121
November 6, 2021