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Issue No. 99

The View from Here Paris is looking worse for the wear, and the Internet is outraged. Is this the end for Mayor Anne Hidalgo?

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The Little Con Man That Could A baby-faced fraudster, the king of Spain, and a possible 30-year prison sentence—it’s not a Hollywood film, yet …

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Air Supply

Guest Edit

My Favorite Things New York City social fixture Marjorie Gubelmann—otherwise known as D.J. Mad Marj—maintains a place in fashion-show front rows and charitable circles alike. Herewith, she shares her summertime must-haves

Small Talk
The tiny-houseboat movement.

The New Normal

“They present as conservative, but their pictures are fearless and radical,” says Tom Hunt, a director at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in London. He’s talking about that singular artistic marriage of two men—Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore—companions in life and art, who met at Saint Martin’s School of Art and united under the signature Gilbert & George when they began exhibiting as “living sculptures,” in 1968. They never looked back. READ ON

Gilbert & George’s 30-panel “Bagrave,” included in their New Normal Pictures series, on show at Thaddaeus Ropac’s Paris Pantin gallery.

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What if … Ben and Jennifer Recoupled Annually?

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Burning Benjamins Meet the MeWork generation, a new class of American billionaire making fortunes despite running companies into the ground

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A Shot in the Dark How did the partner of a British billionaire’s son end up being held on charges of manslaughter in a prison infested with scorpions, tarantulas, and cockroaches?

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Arts Highlight: Midnight It’s never too late for the romantic comedy that time forgot

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Platinum Card Planners of the Queen’s Jubilee will mix pomp and woke

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Bridezilla vs. the Chinese Communist Party And other curious news about these strange days

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Mirror Imaging

Anh Duong has a face Picasso would have loved. The lift of that left eyebrow. The imperious profile. Ears akin to orchids. Born in 1960, the daughter of a Spanish mother and a Vietnamese father, Duong at first wanted to be a ballerina. Dancing in Paris, however, she was soon drawn into modeling and muse-dom—discovered by David Seidner, no less, and inspiring the couturier Christian Lacroix. In the mid-80s, Duong walked international runways and her face graced the glossies. But the life of the muse was not for her. In 1988 she moved to New York City and became an artist. READ ON

Anh Duong’s Trou de Memoire, included in a new show of her work opening next week at Zurich’s Galerie Gmurzynska.

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Naked Lunch You’re invited to strip down—and Zoom in—for cocktail parties, yoga classes, and more!

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Dinner with the Queen During an unforgettable meal with Julia Child, a young writer discovers a kindred spirit

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Is Paris Churning? As the city reopens to tourists, we have some delicious stories about it

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Small Talk
“One of the hardest things to understand when you’re in a different culture is their sense of humor.”

Paula Beer The Berlin Film Festival darling who eschewed drama school for the real thing

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Air Mail Jr.
Open Book

Animal Instinct Marsel van Oosten’s photographs offer a tantalizingly close-up look at the world’s rarest wildlife

Small Talk
“We’ll settle this the old-fashioned way—with a dance-off.”

Helene Hanff’s Diary The story of Helene Hanff, the Bridget Jones of the postwar literary set, whose uproarious 84, Charing Cross Road has never been out of print

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Sinatra and Me: In the Wee Small Hours

by Tony Oppedisano with Mary Jane Ross
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Double Blind

by Edward St. Aubyn
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The Really Right Stuff John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, was the picture of calm during meetings with J.F.K. ahead of his journey. His archives reveal a human side

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Small Talk
“You’ve reached the end of your trial. Would you like to upgrade to the full Lionel?”

Eva Sereny From Fellini to Brando to Burton and Taylor, the self-taught photographer captured stars in intimate on-set shots

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The usual Who’s Who back at Hôtel du Cap for the season …
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 99
June 5, 2021
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Issue No. 99
June 5, 2021