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Issue No. 102

The View from Here A frontline doctor looks back on a plague year, and a film that recorded the horror of it all

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The Adulterer in the Room In 2001, Eric Schmidt was brought to Google to be “the adult in the room.” He became a billionaire—but raised eyebrows with his very open marriage

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Origin Story How a self-published investigation into the possibility of a “lab leak” upended groupthink about the coronavirus

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The OMGs of GB News Start-up hiccups plague a new U.K. news start-up, causing no end of watchable mishaps

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Guest Edit

My Favorite Things Award-winning writer, journalist, and director Matt Tyrnauer is accustomed to doing things his own way, and much like the subjects who have gained his creative attention, he has set himself apart with a singular style. To that end, he spotlights the items that speak to his personal aesthetic, from a bespoke suit to personalized towels

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Jackie Collins Was More than Just Joan’s Sister Her tales of women and power and sex sold half a billion copies in 40 countries. But a new documentary reveals that her own story was even more dramatic

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Revenge of the Nerds: Tech Bros and Their Sex Lives Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and … former Google C.E.O. Eric Schmidt?

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“Apologies … the couple slated to appear in this cartoon have gone out to eat with friends.”

Van Gogh by Way of Gehry

The architect Frank Gehry first grabbed the public’s attention in 1978, when he radically remodeled his own home in Santa Monica. The formerly humble suburban bungalow looked like a cartoon explosion in a lumberyard. It had a joyfully blowsy spontaneity, like a Rauschenberg “combine” you could live in. “That’s the edge I’m after,” Gehry has said of his designs. “For people to see what I want them to see, but for them to not be quite sure if it was designed or if it just happened.” As in The Wizard of Oz, there’s a man up to something behind the curtain. READ ON

The Starry Night, as interpreted by Frank Gehry. The architect’s Luma tower opens today in Arles, the southern French town where Van Gogh once lived.

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Led Zeppelin Croaks? And other curious news about these strange days …

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Scent Boy Smells Fancy a free flight to the inside of a Fellini film? It’s high time to stow away your santals and ski-lodge scents for Boy Smells’s William Desmond Taylor, circa 1922 Listen Murder in Hollywoodland Old Hollywood is the perfect backdrop for an unsolved murder, and given our current… Watch Zola In 2015, a woman named Aziah “Zola” Wells tweeted, “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this b-tch here fell out?!… Stay Callicoon Hills If a lo-fi getaway from the sweltering New York heat is in order, a charming new spot in the Catskills awaits. Located in… Recycle Tom Ford Who else but Tom Ford could make a plastic watch the hottest thing in town? Naturally, it’s not just any plastic—Ford has used… Strut Salvatore Ferragamo Parties are back, and with all due respect to the ballet flats that have been soldiering us through the pandemic… Scent Boy Smells Fancy a free flight to the inside of a Fellini film? It’s high time to stow away your santals and ski-lodge scents for Boy Smells’s William Desmond Taylor, circa 1922 Listen Murder in Hollywoodland Old Hollywood is the perfect backdrop for an unsolved murder, and given our current… Watch Zola In 2015, a woman named Aziah “Zola” Wells tweeted, “Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this b-tch here fell out?!… Stay Callicoon Hills If a lo-fi getaway from the sweltering New York heat is in order, a charming new spot in the Catskills awaits. Located in… Recycle Tom Ford Who else but Tom Ford could make a plastic watch the hottest thing in town? Naturally, it’s not just any plastic—Ford has used… Strut Salvatore Ferragamo Parties are back, and with all due respect to the ballet flats that have been soldiering us through the pandemic…

Hemingway’s Ghost The writer’s granddaughter is cashing in on her last name, endorsing new authors’ books for a fee

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Emily Segal The 32-year-old trend forecaster who made history selling the first novel-as-NFT discusses memes, tech, and what the future has in store

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Holes in the Wall

“Often the assumption with Black and Brown artists is that we’re going to present a physical representation of what Blackness or Brownness, or identity, is,” Karyn Olivier told Bomb this April. “So when we don’t, it thwarts those expectations.” Born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in New York, Olivier mainly makes installations—several are prominent public works—and elegant sculptures that are primarily non-representational but nonetheless haunted by the figurative. READ ON

The artist Karyn Olivier at work on her steel-and-brick wall, Fortified, on show now at New York’s Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

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Apples to Oranges Charming watercolors catalogue a century of American fruits and nuts


Death and So Forth: Stories

by Gordon Lish
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Lorna Mott Comes Home

by Diane Johnson
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The Mother of All Battles What was behind Ethel Rosenberg’s fateful decision to stand by her traitor husband?

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George Clinton, Alfresco The funk musician and his Parliament-Funkadelic collective, including some of his grandkids, open New York City’s summer concert season

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Do You Have a Personal Travel Ninja? Europe is open, but for navigating ever evolving regulations and fewer flights, no app beats an experienced travel planner

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Heaven on Earth Before Ann Russell Miller entered the convent, she was a swinging socialite in San Francisco

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Where is everybody? C’mon in, the water’s fine.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 102
June 26, 2021
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Issue No. 102
June 26, 2021