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Issue No. 100

Welcome to Our 100th Issue And we wouldn’t be here without these stars, the greatest of the next generation

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Fifty Shades of Washington Inside the underground kink scene dominating the U.S. capital, where politicians tie up locals in the name of B.D.S.M.

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My Favorite Things With her recently launched podcast, Well Suited, AIR MAIL Editor at Large Lola Ogunnaike, in her words, “takes a deep dive into the minds of the most stylish people on the planet.” In doing so, the award-winning journalist proves that her style commentary is just as on point as the pop-culture reporting for which she is best known. Herewith, Ogunnaike spotlights what she is loving right now

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The Sun Sets on Bain de Soleil From Monaco to Montauk, the jet set is in a panic—the fabled sunscreen is nowhere to be found

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This Season’s Model? The man behind fashion powerhouse Zadig & Voltaire swaps his wife for her twin sister

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The Bench Strikes a Bum Note Meghan Markle’s new book lacks a good story and basic rhythm. But, hey, it’s still a best-seller!

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Can a Juggler Beat the Mafia? And other curious news about these strange days …

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Pippa Latour de Force She tricked Nazis into spilling their secrets by posing as a chatty teenage soap saleswoman and just celebrated her 100th birthday

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In 2019—75 years after her death—Hilma af Klint’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. broke attendance records at the Guggenheim Museum. Was this triumph a correction to the shameful oversight of a woman’s pioneering art or proof of af Klint’s belief that the world wasn’t ready to handle her vision? Perhaps both. READ ON

No. 3 in Hilma af Klint’s “The Ten Largest” series, a 10-foot-tall masterpiece representing youth. It’s one of several of the Swedish artist’s “secret paintings,” going on show today at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Sydney.

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“Have You Seen the House Whip?” D.C.’s Kinky Side In a town that loves a sex scandal, so much happens underground. Way underground

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“I’m back from the dead—I sure hope my old-timey views on race and gender are unchanged and still acceptable!”

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Sophie Cookson The British actress got her start in Kingsman when she was just 22. Her latest is a Mark Wahlberg–produced thriller

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Once upon a Time in Tribeca

On the 20th anniversary of its genesis, the Tribeca Film Festival comes full circle with a big exhale of “Hallelujah.” “Look! We have come through!,” to quote D. H. Lawrence, and so they, and we, have. READ ON

Stephanie Beatriz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Dascha Polanco in a still from Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights, premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Waleed Zuaiter in Baghdad Central Watch Baghdad Central A British critic described Baghdad Central as film noir in the desert, and it’s pretty apt: a murder investigation takes place in Iraq Ride Amsterdam + eBike The purchase of a single-speed bike always comes with a question: Will I ever want more gears on this bike? The answer for me… Wipe Maude Smith Tea Towels Maude Smith is a bit of a design-arts polymath—she makes clothing, paints furniture and murals, and styles… Press Conair Handheld Fabric Steamer There’s a lot to be said for the new Santa Monica Proper Hotel—the best hotel gym in the city… The Shorts Weekend Max Mara Weekend Max Mara has become our go-to purveyor of basics. We don’t trust just anyone where shorts are concerned, and this… The Tote Marni Market When Marni Market launched, in 2014, it was merely a way for the original brand—simply Marni—to celebrate its… Waleed Zuaiter in Baghdad Central Watch Baghdad Central A British critic described Baghdad Central as film noir in the desert, and it’s pretty apt: a murder investigation takes place in Iraq Ride Amsterdam + eBike The purchase of a single-speed bike always comes with a question: Will I ever want more gears on this bike? The answer for me… Wipe Maude Smith Tea Towels Maude Smith is a bit of a design-arts polymath—she makes clothing, paints furniture and murals, and styles… Press Conair Handheld Fabric Steamer There’s a lot to be said for the new Santa Monica Proper Hotel—the best hotel gym in the city… The Shorts Weekend Max Mara Weekend Max Mara has become our go-to purveyor of basics. We don’t trust just anyone where shorts are concerned, and this… The Tote Marni Market When Marni Market launched, in 2014, it was merely a way for the original brand—simply Marni—to celebrate its…
“The best I will give you is my Starbucks name.”

The Not-So-Secret Garden Buckingham Palace’s royal garden, home to the Queen’s famed garden parties as well as thousands of species of flower and tree, is ready for its close-up


Every Trick in the Book The magician, professional gambler, and sometime fraudster Steve Forte is spilling his secrets

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The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science

by John Tresch
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Battle for the Big Top: P.T. Barnum, James Bailey, John Ringling, and the Death-Defying Saga of the American Circus

by Les Standiford
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Murder, They Wrote

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The See-and-Be-Seen Hotel London’s Savoy hotel welcomed glamorous Hollywood actors, top-brass politicians, and its fair share of intrigue. Who was behind it all?

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Notes on Glamp: Nomadland for the Cool Kids As the lo-fi getaway becomes maddeningly elusive, urbanites discover a new breed of indoor-outdoor hotel

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“Because I designed this damned thing.”

Every year at the NYC Pride March, exuberant voguers and dancers from the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s Kiki Lounge would sashay their way down the avenues, infusing the crowds with energy and love. Show your pride this year by making a donation to the L.G.B.T.Q.+ youth-services group at hmi.org.
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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. 100
June 12, 2021
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Issue No. 100
June 12, 2021