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Issue No. 98

The View from Here Boris Johnson’s poisonous former aide, Dominic Cummings, trashes the prime minister’s handling of the pandemic

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Norse Myth The new film Oslo neglects an essential detail about the diplomat it glorifies: his connection to Jeffrey Epstein

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The Wizard of Woke Why is Pollyanna, the anti-racism organization advising New York’s toniest private schools, so controversial?

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Air Supply


The New Books People Are Obsessing Over Arts and books editor Julia Vitale joins Ashley and Mike to talk about one of their favorite subjects: What are you reading?

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No Butts on Topless Beaches? And other curious news about these strange days

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Small Talk
“I’m sorry, but there’s nothing I can do for you unless you act entitled and make a scene.”

Why Cruella Is This Year’s Most Stylish Film Emma Stone and Emma Thompson face off in 1970s London, as punk takes on couture

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Guest Edit

My Favorite Things Author, actress, and AIR MAIL columnist Cazzie David—who is acclaimed for her particularly smart, inventive writing—takes a moment to share her wardrobe wish list


Dance Is Back!

A maze of interlocked, midair cables is negotiated onstage with sheer virtuosity and gravitational defiance. A woman births a teenager, who becomes a tyrant. A couple trapped in an industrial unit tease each other into a frenzy with lurid and liquid gyrations. Fire and smoke are everywhere, and people are literally climbing the walls. Get ready for all this—and then some—when Rambert finally premieres, onstage and in person, the unapologetically visceral and occasionally jocular Draw from Within. READ ON

“The work is pure defiance,” Rambert’s artistic director, Benoit Swan Pouffer, says of Draw from Within, premiering June 2 at Sadler’s Wells, in London. “A symbol of the renaissance of the company.”

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Rehoboth What? Democratic aides accustomed to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard are in for a surprise when they decamp to Biden’s summer home in Delaware

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Small Talk
“Pass the remote. Not that one, the other one. No, the big one. The one next to the little one. The little black one. No, the other one. Go left, too far, back one. You’re getting hotter. Hotter, hotter … ”

The Fight for Tulsa’s Soul A Jewish billionaire, a Southern preacher, and the side of Tulsa no one is talking about

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Daniel Emilio Soares The fourth-generation Balducci is opening Alimentari Flâneur, a new quality-produce market on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

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Air Mail Jr.

Vanishing Ink “Made-to-fade tattoo” parlors offer a chance to get inked without the risk of turning into a Pete Davidson doppelgänger

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Small Talk
“We’re not robbing any banks, Roger, until you pull that mask up over your nose.”

See You in Somerset The Cotswolds are so pre-pandemic. Now England’s elite are flocking to Bruton

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Open Book

Street Cars Named Desire Citroëns, Corvettes, and a bright-blue Fiat 500 get their due in a new book collecting the coolest classic cars



by Sinéad O’Connor
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Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat

by Larissa Zimberoff
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The Real Deal As cultural workers have had their livelihoods crushed by the pandemic, the New Deal’s arts projects are suddenly relevant again

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Barbara Stone The modeling agent made stars of Cybill Shepherd, Cheryl Tiegs, and a young Martha Stewart

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Small Talk

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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 98
May 29, 2021
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Issue No. 98
May 29, 2021

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