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Issue No. 86

The View from Here The era of big government is back, and that’s a good thing

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Is Meghan More Bully than Bullied? A “very concerned” Palace and “humiliated” staff surely aren’t the pre-Oprah headlines Mr. and Mrs. Markle expected

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The Lying Game The former French ambassador to the U.K. calls Boris Johnson a reckless leader with no concern for the truth. Sound familiar?

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Paris, When It’s Illicit—and Delicious Inside France’s hot new trend (Sssshhhh … )

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Did You Hear
About … ?
Curious news about these strange days

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Big Bucks for Little Zuck Nick Clegg vowed to reduce wealth inequality. Now Britain’s former deputy prime minister is shilling for Facebook

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Air Supply

Small Talk

Living with Steve Jobs’s Biographer Walter Isaacson has written about da Vinci and Einstein. His wife writes about his creative process. Salad, anyone?

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Big Picture A 21st-century mind living in the 20th century, Niki de Saint Phalle rejected artistic and social norms. Her sculptures go on display at MoMA PS1 this week

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Into the Ether Christie’s marks the sale of its first purely digital artwork with a revolutionary break from the old-school-art way: accepting crypto-currency as payment

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Underground Gourmet In lockdown, desperate French chefs keep the lights on (low) with speakeasy restaurants

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The World According to Grayson Perry

Maps are mirrors. They are designed, at the most elementary level, to translate vast geographic space into something compact, yet they can’t help but reflect much more: ignorance, fear, prejudice, fantasy, myth. Two famous ancient globes embrace the unknown with the words Hic sunt dracones: “Here be dragons.” Even Google Maps and Waze trade on what we all know to be speculation—the idea that they’re sending us on the best route. READ ON

British artist Grayson Perry, a satirist and mapper of culture wars, photographed by Snowdon.

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Sasha Spielberg Otherwise known as Buzzy Lee, the 30-year-old singer has released her first album, with a second underway

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Small Talk
“I told you it was too soon to ride the subway.”

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Life with Lee Lee Friedlander’s images—ranging from portraits of jazz stars to shots of the American heartland—offer insight into the mind of the great photographer

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“They were apparently more advanced than we thought.”

Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring ’20s

by Raphael Cormack
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The Committed

by Viet Thanh Nguyen
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Working Girls Even guests of New York’s women-only Barbizon, the revolutionary residential hotel once home to Sylvia Plath, found the sexist rules of their era hard to shake

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Sylvia Horowitz From Brooklyn to jobs in fashion, to becoming a valued member of the United Nations family

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“But what if this is how it really is?”
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Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

Deputy Editors

Chris Garrett Michael Hainey Nathan King

Design Director

Angela Panichi

Chief Technology Officer

John Tornow

Books Editor

Jim Kelly

Arts Intel Report Editor

Laura Jacobs

Style Editor

Ashley Baker

Features Editor

Ash Carter

Senior Editor

Julia Vitale

Executive Editor

David Foxley

Photo Director

Ann Schneider

Associate Editors

Elena Clavarino Clementine Ford Alex Oliveira Elinor Schneider


Cazzie David Emma Freud Walter Isaacson
Pico Iyer Rachel Johnson John Lahr
Douglas McGrath James Wolcott

Writers at Large

Lili Anolik Joseph Bullmore William D. Cohan Rich Cohen Stuart Heritage George Kalogerakis Sam Kashner Alexandra Marshall

International Editor

Isabelle Harvie-Watt

London Editor

Bridget Arsenault

Communications Director

Anna Bradlee

Cartoon Editor

Bob Mankoff

Music Supervisor

Randall Poster

Copy Editor

Adam Nadler

Photo Editor

Emine Gozde Sevim

Production Editor

H. Scott Jolley


Roxy Solis Gasper Tringale-White Jenna Kim

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Keenan

Chief Marketing Officer

Emily Davis

Brand Partnerships

Anjali Lewis

Sales Director

Michael Pescuma

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Integrated Marketing Manager

Madeline Spates

In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 86
March 6, 2021
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Issue No. 86
March 6, 2021

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