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Issue No. 106

The View from Here Putin’s absolute rule is challenged by a noisy majority of Russian, woke-hating anti-vaxxers

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Sympathy for the Girlboss Once-celebrated female entrepreneurs are being torn down for “failing at feminism.” Is this progress?

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The King Lear of Wine In death, one of Spain’s most famous vintners crushes the hopes of his three daughters

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My Favorite Things Shop the items—both large and small—that help globe-trotting designer Ken Fulk (and his pack of beloved pups) keep moving in style

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“There’s no bad cop. We just let social media pressure you into a confession.”

Roiling in the Deep The deep sea has so far managed to evade human intervention. Now mining companies are threatening Earth’s last frontier

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What If … WeWork’s flamed-out founder, Adam Neumann, were made head of the World Bank?

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Gen Z and the Great WFH Revolt of 2021 What happens when offices reopen and no one shows up?

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Out-of-Office Reply Private jets, free lunches, public pleas … can anything get people back in the office?

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The Power of the Pen

In a country where brutal and arbitrary punishments have for decades been used to uphold strict social, religious, and political orthodoxies, the Burmese artist Bagyi Aung Soe spent a lifetime trying to create a way of being that enabled him to live and work with relative freedom. If Burmese art was defined by displays of self-conscious erudition and technical virtuosity, Aung Soe would scrawl his works in cheap coloring pens. If decorum demanded one dress according to rank or class, Aung Soe would alternate between sportswear and religious costume. READ ON

A self-portrait by the Burmese artist Bagyi Aung Soe, the subject of a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris.

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Jackie Chan, (Communist) Party Animal And more curious news about these strange days …

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Ascending the Art World The son of British adventurer Bear Grylls swaps Everest for oil paintings

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“Statistically speaking, there’s got to be at least one woman in there who’s looking for the awkward, sensitive type.”

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Fancy Footwork

So, not yet 20, Caleb Teicher, of Mahopac, New York (population 8,203), scooped up some tap shoes, blew into the Big Apple, found some footlights, and crowned a rookie season with the 2011 Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in the tap extravaganza Body Madness: A Shared Evening. Today, Teicher appears with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at PS21, a microscopic institution with astronomical dreams in the Hudson Valley community of Chatham—a little town, as Garrison Keillor might put it, that time forgot and the decades cannot improve. READ ON

A Buster Keaton in tap shoes, Caleb Teicher appears today with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at PS21, in Chatham, New York.

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Christine Ko The Asian-American actress hails from film royalty, but when it comes to her own career, she’s figuring it out on her own

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Carry Métier Métier founder and designer Melissa Morris is something of a mind reader, because the very minute we begin pondering a far-flung… Julia Haart, the star of the new Netflix reality series “My Unorthodox Life,” in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, July 7, 2021. Less than a decade after fleeing a repressive ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Haart heads a global talent empire. Her next challenge? Letting viewers peek behind the curtain. Watch My Unorthodox Life Think Keeping Up with the Kardashians but New York, intelligent, and Jewish. The reality show follows the successful… Lounge Attersee Just in time for the dog days of summer, enter Attersee, a new brand of easy and breezy basics from editor turned designer… The Podcast Logo - Pike as Edith Wilson Listen Edith! It’s refreshing to see a new podcast that is both engaging and not true crime. Starring Academy Award–nominated actress… Float Oliver James The days of struggling to stay afloat on a giant pink flamingo are, blessedly, over. (At least for the non-influencer set.) Enter Oliver James, Read Extraordinary Voyages Chilean with a Scottish mother, Francisca Mattéoli grew up between Brazil and Santiago, and now… Carry Métier Métier founder and designer Melissa Morris is something of a mind reader, because the very minute we begin pondering a far-flung… Julia Haart, the star of the new Netflix reality series “My Unorthodox Life,” in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan, July 7, 2021. Less than a decade after fleeing a repressive ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, Haart heads a global talent empire. Her next challenge? Letting viewers peek behind the curtain. Watch My Unorthodox Life Think Keeping Up with the Kardashians but New York, intelligent, and Jewish. The reality show follows the successful… Lounge Attersee Just in time for the dog days of summer, enter Attersee, a new brand of easy and breezy basics from editor turned designer… The Podcast Logo - Pike as Edith Wilson Listen Edith! It’s refreshing to see a new podcast that is both engaging and not true crime. Starring Academy Award–nominated actress… Float Oliver James The days of struggling to stay afloat on a giant pink flamingo are, blessedly, over. (At least for the non-influencer set.) Enter Oliver James, Read Extraordinary Voyages Chilean with a Scottish mother, Francisca Mattéoli grew up between Brazil and Santiago, and now…

Here Is New York Douglas Corrance’s colorful photographs recall summers in 1970s and 1980s New York


Safe Mode The authors of a new book on the history of quarantines think they’re here to stay

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Sleeper Agent: The Atomic Spy in America Who Got Away

by Ann Hagedorn
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Two More Trump Books

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An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination

by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang
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Rethink Pink Hollywood types and old-world wine-makers are out to upend antiquated notions of rosé

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What a Ride If you’re not traversing Andalusia on horseback, are you really living?

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“They’ll bring the check without your full signature, Clive.”

A few years ago, I was at the Port Eliot Festival, in Cornwall, England, and took a side jaunt to this little coastal village not far away. I got there near sunset, just as the fishing boats were coming in with the day’s catch. Polperro Harbour was glowing in the evening sun, seemingly unchanged by time—magical! I vowed to return, but so far have only done so in my studio. A case of “lockdown wishful thinking.”
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In Memoriam

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Issue No. 106
July 24, 2021
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Issue No. 106
July 24, 2021