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Issue No. 127

The View from Here What would Christopher Hitchens say?

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The Man in the Lineup: Part II A team led by an ex-con turned film producer works to overturn the 40-year-old rape conviction at the center of Alice Sebold’s best-selling memoir, Lucky

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A Very Larry David Christmas The man behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm breaks down his holiday routine

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My Favorite Things Since debuting her eponymous firm, in 2016, British designer Matilda Goad has enjoyed a burgeoning fan base on both sides of the Atlantic. Herewith, she lets us in on her prized picks of the moment

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“We’re just on a vacation. You don’t have to add ‘of the dead.’”
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Fire Sale A candle that smells like a fire—how meta! Also, how cozy and convenient! These finds are exotic blends of romantic, calming woods

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At Christmas, You Tell the Truth The romantic-comedy king Richard Curtis reveals never-before-heard details about the making of the holiday classic Love Actually

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Better by Design

I’m an American architect in 21st-century New York City. My everyday silverware was designed in 1906 by an Austrian architect in Vienna. When I’m setting the dinner table and polishing stray fingerprints from the forks, knives, and spoons, my mind often drifts to the early 1900s. It was an era of manifestos, both political and artistic, and a time when design could change the world. At the heart of the tumult was Josef Hoffmann, whose vision is as powerfully influential in our day as it was in his own—in museums and interiors, and on tables such as mine. This month, the MAK Museum of Applied Arts, in Vienna, commemorates the 150th anniversary of his birth with the opening of the exhibition “Josef Hoffmann: Progress Through Beauty.” READ ON

Josef Hoffmann’s postcard of the Arts and Crafts workshop Wiener Werkstätte, founded by Hoffmann and the painter Koloman Moser in 1903.

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Holiday Tips A guide to coronavirus-season gratuities

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Shop Mast Books If you want to give someone a beautiful coffee-table or art book—one that doesn’t seem like a last resort after other presents fell through… SURANNE JONES in VIGIL (2021), directed by ISABELLE SIEB and JAMES STRONG. Credit: SURANNE JONES in VIGIL (2021), directed by ISABELLE SIEB and JAMES STRONG. Watch Vigil There are people who don’t love submarine thrillers—but that’s probably because they haven’t seen Das Boot or The Cruel Sea Lounge Homebody Beverley Calvert and Susannah Manning, British friends and business partners, started Homebody more than 20 years ago… Listen Eclipsed During the summer of 1969, Cathy Wayne, an 18-year-old Australian pop star, sang for troops fighting in the Vietnam War Walk Aquazzura On a recent trip to London, only moments before a fancy dinner, I broke the heel of my shoe in an ill-fated encounter with… Wear Taller Marmo Going out or staying in—who cares? Just wearing this spectacular fringed caftan is an occasion in and of itself. From the Italian brand… Shop Mast Books If you want to give someone a beautiful coffee-table or art book—one that doesn’t seem like a last resort after other presents fell through… SURANNE JONES in VIGIL (2021), directed by ISABELLE SIEB and JAMES STRONG. Credit: SURANNE JONES in VIGIL (2021), directed by ISABELLE SIEB and JAMES STRONG. Watch Vigil There are people who don’t love submarine thrillers—but that’s probably because they haven’t seen Das Boot or The Cruel Sea Lounge Homebody Beverley Calvert and Susannah Manning, British friends and business partners, started Homebody more than 20 years ago… Listen Eclipsed During the summer of 1969, Cathy Wayne, an 18-year-old Australian pop star, sang for troops fighting in the Vietnam War Walk Aquazzura On a recent trip to London, only moments before a fancy dinner, I broke the heel of my shoe in an ill-fated encounter with… Wear Taller Marmo Going out or staying in—who cares? Just wearing this spectacular fringed caftan is an occasion in and of itself. From the Italian brand…

Forget Crypto. The Mad Money’s All About Legos! And other curious news about these strange days …

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Landing Gear A sleek e-bike that’s a dream to drive; noise-canceling headphones backed by 15 years and $50 million worth of research; a “dumbphone” smarter than the rest; and more

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No #Girlbosses Allowed Inside the Garrick, Boris Johnson’s favorite 190-year-old club at the heart of a sexism row

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Where Oprah Turns for Gifts For the hard-to-buy-for—and the 1-percenters—Michael Beneville has solutions

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The Only Podcast You Need Tune out the noise and tune in to Morning Meeting

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The Grande Dame of Lausanne A lakeside hotel in Switzerland brings the purpose of travel into stark relief

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Air Mail Jr.

The Magic of Jan Morris Will we ever have another like the Welsh writer extraordinaire who managed to write as beautifully on Che Guevara as she did on the virtues of sneezing?

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Where the Wild Things Are A women-led photography initiative aims to raise $1 million to support the protection of endangered habitats


Fun City Cinema: New York City and the Movies That Made It

by Jason Bailey
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The Young H. G. Wells: Changing the World

by Claire Tomalin
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“You’ve got to stop rapturing me back here every time you have a tech question, Dad.”

Behind the Couture Curtain A writer reveals the sketchy details of an incident Coco Chanel went to great lengths to hide

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Movie City

Songs from films set in Gotham, from the Ronettes, Harry Nilsson, the Bee Gees, Public Enemy, and more

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During the 1914 holidays, five months into World War I, French, German, and British soldiers joined in a series of unofficial cease-fires along the Western Front. This extraordinary display of human goodwill—they crossed into no-man’s-land to sing carols, exchange gifts, and play soccer—would come to be known as “the Christmas Truces.”
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In Memoriam

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Issue No. 127
December 18, 2021
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Issue No. 127
December 18, 2021