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Issue No. 110

Kabul and Kaput What do the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan and the White Lotus finale have in common? Plenty

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Warding Off Evil CNN’s star correspondent takes us to the front lines of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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QAnon on the Volga A growing number of Russian “revivalists” believe that the dissolution of the Soviet Union is a hoax

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What Makes TikTok Tick? It starts with 75 million videos vying for your attention …

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The Big C Indian businessman Lalit Modi allegedly name-dropped royals and public figures to con investors for his bogus cancer treatment

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Bellinis at Sunset The Ciprianis open a luxe private club on the New York waterfront

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My Favorite Things Stylist Beverly Nguyen’s curation of affordable yet covet-worthy staples—dish towels, glassware, cooking utensils, even a small-batch olive oil—has made waves since she opened her eponymous specialty-homewares store in New York this spring. Herewith, Nguyen shares her ultimate packing list

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The Week That Was in 30 Minutes If you haven’t heard our podcast, you don’t know what you’re missing

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From the Outside In

Western fine art has had appropriation in its bones since the High Renaissance. That’s when sacred works, originally meant to please or appease a deity, were first held up for detached aesthetic contemplation—they were appropriated, that is, into a brand-new sphere called “art.” This unacknowledged “borrowing” got a new, more public impetus about a century ago, when the modernists invited us to see every kind of artifact, from airplane propellers to tribal totems, through an artistic lens. READ ON

Josephine Joy’s Waterbirds Nesting, included in “Gatecrashers,” a long-overdue exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum focusing on self-taught artists in America.

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Smiles (and Scents) of a Summer Night AIR MAIL hosts a dinner in honor of Tom Ford Beauty


Are You Ready for the “Genuinfluencers”? And other curious news about these strange days …

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Stingray of Sunshine Chevrolet breathes new life into their Corvette franchise, proving that American car-makers aren’t out of the fight

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“Just a heads-up, if we ever become super-wealthy and you want to use the money to take a rocket into outer space instead of, like, feeding poor people, I’m going to be really mad.”

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An Icelandic River Runs Through It Forget polo: salmon fishing in the North Atlantic, a favorite of Eric Clapton and Prince Charles, is the real sport of kings

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“He’s an American shepherd.”
Upholster Fermoie In 2006, when longtime English school friends Martin Ephson and Tom Helme sold Farrow & Ball—the go-to paint brand for shooting… Watch Claire Saffitz x Dessert Person For three years, Claire Saffitz created homemade versions of name-brand junk food (Cheetos Drink Olipop We’ve gone to great lengths to distance ourselves from Diet Coke, which led us to a high-volume LaCroix habit that is hard… Wear Balenciaga We’re not going to debate logo-mania today. Sorry, it’s not happening. But we can, and will, get excited about these new… Dine CeCe Barfield Thompson Some of us spent lockdown baking bread and drinking. Others, such as interior designer… Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971)directed by Pierre Adidgeshown: Leon Russell Listen The Castle Session 1971 Leon Russell was many things: in-demand session musician, singer-songwriter, bandleader… Upholster Fermoie In 2006, when longtime English school friends Martin Ephson and Tom Helme sold Farrow & Ball—the go-to paint brand for shooting… Watch Claire Saffitz x Dessert Person For three years, Claire Saffitz created homemade versions of name-brand junk food (Cheetos Drink Olipop We’ve gone to great lengths to distance ourselves from Diet Coke, which led us to a high-volume LaCroix habit that is hard… Wear Balenciaga We’re not going to debate logo-mania today. Sorry, it’s not happening. But we can, and will, get excited about these new… Dine CeCe Barfield Thompson Some of us spent lockdown baking bread and drinking. Others, such as interior designer… Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971)directed by Pierre Adidgeshown: Leon Russell Listen The Castle Session 1971 Leon Russell was many things: in-demand session musician, singer-songwriter, bandleader…

Opera Non Buffa Opera is back with the summer festivals of Salzburg, Bayreuth, and Aix-en-Provence, but it’s as bleak as Mozart’s Requiem

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Air Mail Jr.

Nana Mensah The Ghanaian-American screenwriter, filmmaker, and actress is adding humor to the African-immigrant experience

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Land Before Time Gianfranco Gorgoni’s otherworldly shots put the 20th-century Land Art movement of Richard Serra, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and others on the map

“This book says I should eat your arm first.”

The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War

by Craig Whitlock
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The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

by Mae Ngai
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The Light at the End of the Tunnel How did a few German students manage to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall?

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New York Nightlife’s Next Big Thing Get ready to take the tram to Roosevelt Island …

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“Well, it was a tough decision, Doug, but we’ve decided to go with Doug.”

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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 110
August 21, 2021
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Issue No. 110
August 21, 2021