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Issue No. 84

The View from Here The turbulent history of conspiracy groups, spanning anti-Semites of many ilks to the Branch Davidians, implies a grim future for their New Age brother, QAnon

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Great Sakharov’s Ghost By seeking to destroy Alexei Navalny, Putin is repeating the mistakes his K.G.B. predecessors made with the dissident nuclear scientist

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It’s Britney, B*tch A slutty-uniform-wearing Britney Spears sealed her fate as the Princess of Pop at just 16. All these years later, we’re still in her thrall

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Time Regained Publishing next month, the long-lost writings of Marcel Proust promise a window into the mind and work of the French writer

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Sweet Oblivion The hottest social network in Silicon Valley is anti-viral by design

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Pet Peeves From Shepherd’s Bush to Barking Park, pandemic dogs are clogging the curbs

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“Does the court promise to listen to me? Really listen?”

Beau Monde American widower battles French tycoons over possession of the left-leaning French daily that was supposed to be owned by its journalists

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Arab Baroque

“The desert could not be claimed or owned—it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names long before Canterbury existed.” So muses the desert explorer László de Almásy, the title character of Michael Ondaatje’s 1992 novel, The English Patient. “Its caravans, those strange rambling feasts and cultures, left nothing behind, not an ember.” Almásy is thinking of the vast and volatile sands between Middle Eastern cities, a terrain that quickened the pulse of cartographers and enthralled adventurers such as T. E. Lawrence. READ ON

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The Other Side of Britney Spears Lili Anolik discusses what the new documentary gets wrong about the Princess of Pop

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Playing Dirty What led actress Felicity Huffman to risk everything—including the sentence she recently finished serving—to try to cheat her daughter’s way into college?

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Far from Normal Daisy Edgar-Jones achieved global success in the pop-culture juggernaut Normal People. What’s next?

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Snake Eyes A bumbling billionaire blows a fortune trying to build the Vegas of Down Under

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Did You Hear
About … ?
Plans to build a second Venice, and other curious news about these strange days

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Double Duchess Could Fergie be the role model Meghan’s been searching for?

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Howard’s End Once the master of the castle used in the filming of Bridgerton and Brideshead Revisited, Simon Howard now faces vast troubles, including child-sex-offense charges

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“No, you’ve got it right. Hammer second to last, then mace all the way to the outside.”

Euston, We Have a Problem Who said saving the world had to be drab? A new generation of posh protesters are fighting an overpriced train service between mouthfuls of artisanal cheese

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Nicholas Jarecki The screenwriter and director tackles the opioid crisis with his new thriller, Crisis

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Air Mail Jr.
“The irony is I’ve always considered myself a champion of the little guy.”

Woman on Top How does 75-year-old fashion designer Norma Kamali look and feel so much better than the rest of us?

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The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness, 1680–1790

by Ritchie Robertson
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Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters, and Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion

by Tori Telfer
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Murder, They Wrote

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Bugsy Siegel, Thespian The notorious mobster behind the modernization of the Las Vegas Strip had a hidden ambition: to become a Hollywood star

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On the Rails With the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express now connecting to more cities in Europe, traveling by train has never looked better

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Gray skies are gonna clear up: the eternal promise of spring.
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Issue No. 84
February 20, 2021
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Issue No. 84
February 20, 2021
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