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Issue No. 95

The View from Here Mar-a-Lago-to-Go

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Bellingcat Is on the Case How a white-collar drudge became a top reporter—without leaving his desk

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Earth to Mom Cazzie David interviews her mother, the environmentalist Laurie David, on what we can do in our day-to-day lives to protect the planet

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The Brit Who Unfriended Trump How did David Cameron’s former deputy prime minister become Facebook’s authority on muting @realDonaldTrump?

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Small Talk
“You participated the hell out of that tournament.”
Air Supply

Guest Edit

My Favorite Things Waris Ahluwalia has an enviable talent for not only making beautiful things of his own but also for spotting taste elsewhere. A style icon and social fixture on both coasts, Ahluwalia, alongside his brand, House of Waris Botanicals, has made waves from film and fashion to hospitality. Herewith, the items he is loving right now


Thirty-One Splendid Suns

Anyone who has tried to photograph a sunrise—or paint it, or film it—can tell you its fleeting energy is not easily captured. But David Hockney, whose animation of a sunrise iPad drawing is being broadcast on screens in New York’s Times Square, London’s Piccadilly Circus, and Seoul’s SMTown Coex throughout the month of May, manages it beautifully. READ ON

The many stages of David Hockney’s Remember, You Cannot Look at the Sun or Death for Very Long, projected every night of this month at 8:21 local time in London and Seoul and 11:57 local time in New York.

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Call His Agent! The French talent agent who turned his frustrations into a hit TV series

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Does Bill Gates Have a Camilla Problem? And will a jilted Melinda plot revenge with the First Wives of Tech Club?

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Generation Burnout One 24-year-old success story has a warning for her fellow over-achievers

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Shamier Anderson The actor toughed it out in L.A. until he got his big break. Now he’s giving back with a nonprofit that encourages aspiring actors in Toronto’s inner city

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Sexcapades in Parliament? Prince Andrew’s New Venture? Curious news about these strange days

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Small Talk
“Remember to keep your weight back and your eye on the kneecap.”

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Greece Is the Word There’s never been a better time to escape to the islands

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Common Ground

The faces in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s portraits feel familiar: located in the where and when of memory, yet just beyond recognition. The British-Ghanaian artist paints people dancing, seated, and smiling, playing on a beach or huddling in a circle, but her subjects are fictive, conjured from the imagination. This “slight remove from reality,” says Isabella Maidment, a curator of contemporary British art at the Tate, is a distinguishing feature of Yiadom-Boakye’s work, which will have its first major survey at the museum, beginning on May 17. READ ON

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s A Passion Like No Other, included in an upcoming retrospective of the artist’s work at London’s newly reopened Tate Britain.

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Air Mail Jr.
Small Talk
“Last week, actually—thanks for noticing.”

The Happiness Equation When it comes to world happiness, the Nordic countries are the gold standard. Here’s what the rest of us can make of our abysmal numbers

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Open Book

Paris When It Sizzles What’s more dazzling than Paris? Seeing it from above …

The Write Stuff Eight questions with Michael Lewis, author of a new book on the pandemic, about writing, luck, and why George W. Bush isn’t all bad

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The Windsor Diaries: My Childhood with the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret

by Alathea Fitzalan Howard
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Plunder: Napoleon’s Theft of Veronese’s Feast

by Cynthia Saltzman
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Small Talk
“Now, would you consider yourself more of a girlboss, a She-E-O, or a mompreneur?”

Sean Driscoll The impresario behind Glorious Food who fed (and dished with) New York’s finest

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On the Other Side of Italy Thinking about going to Europe this summer? Here’s a little secret

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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

Contributing Artists

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

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

Chief Strategy Adviser

Adam Mendelsohn

In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 95
May 8, 2021
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Issue No. 95
May 8, 2021