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Issue No. 96

The View from Here The Trump White House was a black hole for much of culture, but the music is finally back

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Keith McNally Goes off the Menu Why are his eyebrow-raising posts shaking up Instagram?

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Small Talk
“Mom, the kids at school threatened to damage my brand.”

Halston’s Halcyon Days The mononymous American designer behind Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat gets the ending he deserves in Ryan Murphy’s new series

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Air Supply


Sour Grapes over George Clooney His bid to own a vineyard in Provence is headed to court

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Are You Cheugy or Non-Cheugy? What started with mocking millennials’ skinny jeans and side parts now has a name

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Prodigious Young Women From Kate Middleton to Samantha Cameron to Oscar winner Emerald Fennell, what is it about Marlborough College, the leafy British boarding school?

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Jeff Bezos’s $500 Million Boat And other strange news about these curious days

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A Bigger Splash Venice’s oldest families are up in arms over a law that bars them from participating in this year’s Biennale. Expect protest on a grand scale

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Don’t Miss

Annie Clark’s 70s Show St. Vincent’s latest album, the 70s-themed Daddy’s Home, is releasing in a wave of bad P.R. It’s so good you’ll listen anyway

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Small Talk
“I’m just a girl, standing behind a guy, watching him load the dishwasher incorrectly.”

The Queen of Bohemia

Strange that there is no feature film about the life of Nina Hamnett, because it’s the kind of biopic that writes itself. We open on a bright-eyed, prematurely wizened woman, sitting in a tavern circa 1952. Flashback to turn-of-the-century Wales. Little Nina shows a flair for drawing, and her grandmother pays her way through the London School of Art, where she befriends Ezra Pound. She cuts her hair short, travels to Paris to paint, and develops a brisk, knowing style on the knife-edge of realism and caricature. On her first night in Montparnasse, Nina bumps into a dashing young fellow who turns out to be Amedeo Modigliani; he introduces her to Picasso and Cocteau. She loses her virginity in Rimbaud and Verlaine’s favorite hotel room, and, soon after, realizes she likes girls as much as boys. READ ON

Nina Hamnett bedded or painted every modernist in Europe. Here, Hamnett’s portrait of the dancer Rupert Doone, included in the first major retrospective of the British artist’s work, opening next week at Charleston, East Sussex.

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Have You Heard Our Podcast? It’s the show that will open your eyes. All you need to do is open your ears

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Tax-22 What happens when a $65 million Rauschenberg features an endangered bald eagle? Inside the secretive I.R.S. team that solves art’s riddles …

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Tyler Mahan Coe The man behind the podcast Cocaine & Rhinestones brought country music and its history to a new generation. Three years later, he’s back

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Small Talk

Is That a Birkin on the Blockchain? Why are luxury brands messing around in the NFT sandbox?

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Open Book

How Do You Say “Avant-Garde” in Spanish? Photographs by Ramón Masats chronicle the decade that revolutionized Spain

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Mind Games During W.W. I, a pair of British prisoners escaped their captors using a Ouija board. Their story reveals the power of delusion

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Small Talk
“You don’t get a lot of work done, Jenkins, but I admire how thoroughly unstressed you are.”

Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno

by Nancy Jo Sales
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Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment

by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein
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Murder, They Wrote

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The Secret Side of SoCal

New reasons to visit this rocky stretch of coastline just north of San Diego
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Free speech on Facebook: Who measures up?
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 96
May 15, 2021
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Issue No. 96
May 15, 2021

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