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Issue No. 104

The View from Here Want to be a writer? Find a (hotel) room of one’s own

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Match Made in Hell, Part II What would you do if the man you were sleeping with turned out to be a psychopath on the U.K.’s most-wanted list?

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My Favorite Things Actress, filmmaker, sculptor, and AIR MAIL Editor at Large Anjelica Huston has been thinking a lot about “easing out of the pandemic and into summer,” she says. Herewith, the items she’s taking with her

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Swamp Country Jason Williams was elected district attorney of New Orleans to reform America’s murder capital. Then came the suspiciously timed audit …

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Before Studio 54, There Was Maxwell’s Plum In the 1970s, an Upper East Side restaurant was the red-hot center of New York’s sexually liberated singles scene

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“Here, you forgot one.”

Shape-Shifting

Extraordinarily innovative and diverse, Sophie Taeuber-Arp figured prominently among the Zurich avant-garde, a swirl of Dadaists, Constructivists, and abstractionists. She pirouetted from paintings to sculpture, to textiles, to stained-glass windows, to marionettes, to design in many spheres (stage, costume, graphics, interiors, architecture). Her geometries and colors pulsate in paintings and wood bas-relief tondi. And her exquisite embroideries, beadwork, furniture, and tapestries propelled the British Arts and Crafts Movement into the 20th century. This endless energy and dizzying range come together in the exhibition “Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction,” which opens next week at London’s Tate Modern. READ ON

Sophie Taeuber-Arp’s wool-on-canvas Embroidery, included in a sweeping retrospective of the Swiss artist opening July 15 at Tate Modern, in London.

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Coco Fennell The fashion designer behind some of the happiest dresses in London

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Jamie Lee Curtis’s Notes on (Summer) Camp She’s got a new Audible series … and thoughts on what is scary

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Did a Doomed Love Inspire the Eiffel Tower? It’s a symbol of romance, but the designer was motivated by other emotions

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Dorothy StrattenGalaxina - 1980 Listen Death of a Starlet Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.” This is the opening line from the Pulitzer Prize– Commission Pet Portraits If you’re anything like me, you’re always in need of a new way to show off your pet. When you’ve exhausted your iPhone camera… Dwell The Backcountry Hut Company For such humble spaces, sheds tend to inspire big dreams. In every house I’ve lived in, I’ve wanted to turn… Carry Utility Archive Been cooped up inside for long enough? Ready to explore the outdoors but not sure how to fashionably carry… Sparkle Gucci When Alessandro Michele’s “More is more” mentality extends to fine jewelry, the results are electric. Take Gucci’s second… Tote aRossGirl x CubaLab Editor turned retailer Amanda Ross knows the importance of a solid summer bag that won’t weigh you down. Enter her… Dorothy StrattenGalaxina - 1980 Listen Death of a Starlet Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.” This is the opening line from the Pulitzer Prize– Commission Pet Portraits If you’re anything like me, you’re always in need of a new way to show off your pet. When you’ve exhausted your iPhone camera… Dwell The Backcountry Hut Company For such humble spaces, sheds tend to inspire big dreams. In every house I’ve lived in, I’ve wanted to turn… Carry Utility Archive Been cooped up inside for long enough? Ready to explore the outdoors but not sure how to fashionably carry… Sparkle Gucci When Alessandro Michele’s “More is more” mentality extends to fine jewelry, the results are electric. Take Gucci’s second… Tote aRossGirl x CubaLab Editor turned retailer Amanda Ross knows the importance of a solid summer bag that won’t weigh you down. Enter her…

He Screams, She Screams

What living artist would agree to a group show where the only other group member is Edvard Munch? A brave one, clearly: someone who doesn’t mind being called self-serving, self-aggrandizing, or self-obsessed. I can’t imagine a better partner for Munch than the 57-year-old painter and conceptualist Tracey Emin, because—like Munch—she’s been called all these things and worse and couldn’t care less. This is the same Tracey Emin who filled a gallery with giant selfies, who titled one of her creations Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 (bet you can’t guess what it’s about!), and who turns discussion panels into one-woman shows. Her Expressionist canvases and confessional installations have the rawness of a private crisis—small wonder she’d be drawn to the creator of The Scream. READ ON

Bedroom politics: Edvard Munch’s Crouching Nude, 1917–19 (top), and Tracey Emin’s You Kept It Coming, 2019, on display at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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She’s Got Killer Style Jack Nicholson wore her jacket in The Shining. But British designer Margaret Howell also has a softer side

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“I wish there was a way to distinguish this flag from the ones they used on January 6.”

Building Castles in the Air Photographs highlight the revolutionary work of today’s leading women architects


The Invention of Sicily: A Mediterranean History

by Jamie Mackay
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Murder, They Wrote

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Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World

by Giles Milton
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Digital Liberation The Internet can be a dangerous place for women. But it has also powered a revolutionary global movement for women’s rights

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Summertime in the West Village, and the livin’ is easy—no matter your species.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 104
July 10, 2021
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Issue No. 104
July 10, 2021