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The View from Here Wuthering fights! Will this priceless book collection be preserved or broken up at auction?

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Cardinal Sins Nepotism, prostitutes, Prada handbags … the Vatican insider who was once Pope Francis’s closest ally is now on trial in a $412 million fraud case

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Stone-Cold Liar Why did a respected British M.P. stage his own death? Two new biographies seek to offer an answer

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When Your Mother Is a Conspiracy Theorist Gen Z–ers struggle with how to save parents radicalized by social-media-fueled lies

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The $41 Million Instagram Scammer And other curious news about these strange days …

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Burn After Listening A discreet, ultra-cool music festival in Garbicz, Poland, could blow Burning Man out of the water

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“This primitive communication device is all that’s left of what was once a thriving civilization.”

Johnny Depp’s Never-Ending Toxic Trail His reputation imperils a movie about how a Japanese chemical company poisoned children in the 1950s

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A Conversation with Stephen Fry Plus: a look at the scandal rocking the Vatican

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Is Paris Burning? In her new cooking show, the joke’s on us …

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My Favorite Things Though Danish supermodel Helena Christensen is most recognized for her work in front of the lens, her passion for photography as an art form is perhaps less known. So, naturally, when Christensen mused on her favorite items of the moment, she included a mini instant camera. Herewith, her must-haves

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“Bow before Oldroot: lord of the wood, wisest of trees, global lifestyle brand … ”

The Duchess of York’s Bodice Ripper On the release of Fergie’s romance novel, we share a preview of what’s to come. Or so we think …

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Ready-to-Wear

“Probably due to their dimensions,” wrote the Surrealist artist Man Ray, “the two lips resembled two bodies embracing. It was very Freudian.” He is describing his Observatory Time—The Lovers (1936), an eight-foot-wide painting featuring an elongated pair of flame-red lips hovering in a pale sky, an observatory visible in the distance, perhaps bearing witness to a fiery passion. Man Ray’s work was a cri de coeur over his dashed love affair with the siren and muse Lee Miller. Decades later, in 1970, he transformed the red lips of his painting into the gold lips of a pendant brooch, a talisman to love. Like so many artists, Man Ray was using jewelry as a new medium for creative expression. Paintings and sculpture could become precious metal and gems—sculpture to wear. READ ON

A Man Ray pendant brooch inspired by his painting Observatory Time—The Lovers is just one jewel in the exhibition “Sculpture to Wear,” at Sotheby’s East Hampton.

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Dan White Hollywood’s favorite magician reappears on … Zoom?

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Character Study Tourist kitsch and high fashion collide in Mike White’s addictive new series, The White Lotus

Watch Next of Kin Archie Panjabi has a way of making herself memorable in secondary roles, be it in Bend It Like Beckham or The Good Wife. In the TV… Drive Defender Trophy Edition Deep-dyed Land Rover enthusiasts are a notoriously passionate—and intrepid—bunch. Which is why one can… Carry MARK CROSS When everyone else is lugging a cumbersome weekend bag over her shoulder, why not be remembered as the woman with the elegant… Shop Another Tomorrow When Vanessa Barboni Hallik launched Another Tomorrow, in early 2020, the fashion industry finally got the combination… Wear Kasmaria Becoming an Olympic athlete is hard and all, but then again, so is finding a decent pair of shorts. Oh, we’ve spent much of the summer… Stay INNESS Named after the prominent 19th-century American landscape painter George Inness, this new hotel and members’ club in Accord… Watch Next of Kin Archie Panjabi has a way of making herself memorable in secondary roles, be it in Bend It Like Beckham or The Good Wife. In the TV… Drive Defender Trophy Edition Deep-dyed Land Rover enthusiasts are a notoriously passionate—and intrepid—bunch. Which is why one can… Carry MARK CROSS When everyone else is lugging a cumbersome weekend bag over her shoulder, why not be remembered as the woman with the elegant… Shop Another Tomorrow When Vanessa Barboni Hallik launched Another Tomorrow, in early 2020, the fashion industry finally got the combination… Wear Kasmaria Becoming an Olympic athlete is hard and all, but then again, so is finding a decent pair of shorts. Oh, we’ve spent much of the summer… Stay INNESS Named after the prominent 19th-century American landscape painter George Inness, this new hotel and members’ club in Accord…

An Étoile Is Born

In Leos Carax’s new film, Annette, which premiered at Cannes, Adam Driver’s character, Henry, carries on crooning while he performs cunnilingus on Marion Cotillard’s Ann in a sweaty love scene, giving her what might be called “good vibrato.” The song that Driver is singing is one of many composed for Carax’s brooding pop opera by musicians Ron Mael and Russell Mael. READ ON

Marion Cotillard plays an opera singer on the rise in Annette.

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And All That Jazz Look back at Bert Stern’s classic film, Jazz on a Summer’s Day, which next week comes out in a sparkly new restoration


Last Summer in the City

by Gianfranco Calligarich, translated by Howard Curtis
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Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them

by Siân Evans
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Murder, They Wrote

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The Techno King of Tesla Elon Musk may dislike being C.E.O. of the car company, but he wants to remain in power

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Stories We Tell The most erudite man in Italy, Roberto Calasso lived for literature—and re-invented it

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What, this old thing? Lady Gaga casually exits Radio City Music Hall in a Valentino cape dress and a feathered hat by Philip Treacy—as one does—after rehearsal for her concerts with Tony Bennett.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 108
August 7, 2021
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Issue No. 108
August 7, 2021