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Issue No. 97

The View from Here In the Trump era, it never takes Republicans long to come to their lack of senses

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From Russia Without Love Stolen passports, armor-plated cars, and a possible $8 billion payout. Haven’t these oligarchs ever heard of a pre-nup?

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In France, a Woman Strikes Back Molested when she was 12, Valérie Bacot, decades later, killed her abuser—her husband. Many want to see her set free

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Air Supply


Tunnel Vision Why one Candy brother is selling his $241 million London apartment and the other has built a subterranean storehouse for his 57 supercars

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Small Talk

Martin Scorsese Goes Gen Z “You TikTok-ing to Me?”

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What if … Gordon Ramsay Were Your Office Manager?

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Guest Edit

My Favorite Things Hamish Robertson, an English-born artist and photographer currently based in Los Angeles, shares the ensemble he longs to wear on a stroll around London


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International Men of Mundanity No hobbies. No quirks. Turns out the super-rich are also super-boring

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Opening the Floodgates Everything you need to know about Bill and Melinda Gates’s divorce—and then some

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The Podcast People Are Talking About Morning Meeting is where the conversation begins. Listen in!

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Small Talk
The simple life—and lots of it!

Through the Looking Glass

If you fell down a rabbit hole and suddenly found yourself in a life-or-death croquet match with the Queen of Hearts, would you even know the rules? READ ON

John Tenniel’s original illustration for the Mad Hatter’s tea party, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. An exhibition opening today at London’s V&A looks at the story’s influence through the ages.

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Burned! After a 21-year run, Alain Ducasse’s restaurant at the Plaza Athénée is closing under mysterious circumstances

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The Mile Cry Club East Hampton is up in arms over the future of its airport, which services New York’s noisy 1 percent. Will the helipads be replaced with a solar farm?

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Air Mail Jr.

Challenge Accepted Designer Anya Hindmarch has been known mostly for cheeky handbags. Now she’s getting serious

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Small Talk
“Keep it open.”

Carolina Cucinelli The new co-president and co–creative director discusses her vision for the line her father founded

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Joséphine in Paris

She was an energetic 18th-century trendsetter—a dedicated follower of fashion, jewels, the horticulture of roses, and Napoleon. (Not necessarily in that order.) Empress Joséphine rose two hours earlier than Napoleon to make her toilette flawless before he woke. At various intervals throughout the day, she changed outfits, and from her 270 priceless parures locked in a vast bronze-and-gilt cabinet she chose the precious stones that best matched the color of the rooms where she would receive guests. Napoleon was determined his court would be the most glittering in the world, and she was his accomplished aide-de-camp. READ ON

Empress Joséphine, 18th-century trendsetter and wife of Napoleon. On the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, exhibitions at Paris’s Chaumet museum and Grande Halle de la Villette look back at the royal couple.

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Small Talk
Open Book

Where Photography and Fashion Meet A new volume unites the work of two greats: the photographer Peter Lindbergh and the couturier Azzedine Alaïa

The Great Escape How Nixon and Brando prevented another massacre at Wounded Knee—and allowed American Indian leader Dennis Banks to run free

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The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion

by Aminatta Forna
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Americanon: An Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books

by Jess McHugh
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Perfection in Portofino A 14-room guesthouse makes the Splendido Mare more desirable than ever

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He Lit Up Limelight and Beat the Blacklist Hitchcock gave him his first role. He upstaged Orson Welles. Norman Lloyd’s 106-year-long life was filled with drama

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Watching like hawks: birders in spring migration.
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Monica Ahanonu Barry Blitt André Carrilho Paul Davis David Downton Andrea Ferolla Josh Gosfield Cathy Graham Duncan Hannah Eric Hanson Angelica Hicks Pip Johnson Hilary Knight Jenny Kroik Michael Lindsay-Hogg Ross MacDonald Joe McKendry James McMullan Donald Robertson Charles Dare Scheips Grant Shaffer Ed Sorel Ralph Steadman

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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 97
May 22, 2021
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Issue No. 97
May 22, 2021

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