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The View from Here It wasn’t all cake and Versailles for Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France …

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Blood Simpleton In Part III of our coverage of Elizabeth Holmes’s fraud trial, the prosecution builds its case

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Charity Case Scotland Yard is assessing the latest set of cash-for-honors allegations against Prince Charles

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Taking a Vaxxation Here’s why so many Americans are unwilling to get a shot

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Wear Tove If Grace Kelly’s character in Rear Window were alive and well, she’d probably be wearing this dress by Tove. Which is exactly… Eat Honey Mama’s Technically, Honey Mama’s isn’t a chocolate bar—it’s a “cocoa truffle bar.” Made with only honey… California Gubernatorial Candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes a Speech at the California Republican Convention in Los Angeles On Saturday 13 September 2003 Schwarzenegger is Trying to Get Elected in California’s Recall, Los Angeles 2003 Listen Total Recall In 2003, a porn star, an aging action-movie hero, and a former child actor entered California’s gubernatorial-recall election. The rest… Shop Studio Sabine Marcelis Furniture that is equal parts dessert and design? Somehow, the Rotterdam-based Sabine Marcelis Wear Marni Allow us to indulge our less sensible side with this recommendation for a high-concept, yet terribly high-style, sweater. Marni’s Watch Wodehouse in Exile At the start of World War II, P. G. Wodehouse, then one of the most popular authors in the world, was captured by the Nazis Wear Tove If Grace Kelly’s character in Rear Window were alive and well, she’d probably be wearing this dress by Tove. Which is exactly… Eat Honey Mama’s Technically, Honey Mama’s isn’t a chocolate bar—it’s a “cocoa truffle bar.” Made with only honey… California Gubernatorial Candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger Makes a Speech at the California Republican Convention in Los Angeles On Saturday 13 September 2003 Schwarzenegger is Trying to Get Elected in California’s Recall, Los Angeles 2003 Listen Total Recall In 2003, a porn star, an aging action-movie hero, and a former child actor entered California’s gubernatorial-recall election. The rest… Shop Studio Sabine Marcelis Furniture that is equal parts dessert and design? Somehow, the Rotterdam-based Sabine Marcelis Wear Marni Allow us to indulge our less sensible side with this recommendation for a high-concept, yet terribly high-style, sweater. Marni’s Watch Wodehouse in Exile At the start of World War II, P. G. Wodehouse, then one of the most popular authors in the world, was captured by the Nazis
“You’re right—organs do look more festive in these cute Mason jars.”

Rumbled in the Jungle The 1974 championship bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, in Zaire, forever changed the lives of both fighters—and the writers who covered it

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The Met Ball Hall of … Fame? If you thought this year’s event looked like a cross between Halloween and the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, you aren’t alone. They don’t call it the “Costume” Institute for nothing

All in the Family

“My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful,” wrote the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky in his Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons, “the more narrowly I limit my field of action.” This is also a poetics of theater as practiced by the American playwright Richard Nelson in his acclaimed Rhinebeck Panorama. The 12 plays that make up the Panorama—seven on the Apple family, three on the Gabriels, and two on the Michaels—have engaged Nelson since 2010, when the first Apple play appeared. And to what does Nelson limit his field of action? The kitchen tables in three homes in upstate New York, where the Apples or Gabriels or Michaels are preparing a meal and talking. READ ON

Charlotte Bydwell performs a scene from Richard Nelson’s What Happened?: The Michaels Abroad, now showing in New York.

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The Custom of the Country Chintz and comfort are again the height of fashion

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A Pre–Mean Girls Burn Book The second in an unredacted three-part release of socialite Chips Channon’s diaries is as snobbish, spiteful, and addictive as the first

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“Remember: lift the strongbox by keeping your back straight, knees bent, and engaging your abs.”

Rupert Murdoch, Climate-Change Believer? And other curious news about these strange days …

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Monster Mash

Though focused on contemporary dance, Akram Khan can’t keep away from the classics. The British-Bangladeshi choreographer first broke into the world of ballet in 2016, when he reimagined Giselle for the English National Ballet. Khan pulled the gauzy Romantic ballet out of its feudal-folk setting and placed it in a sweatshop in the industrial hinterlands. More powerfully still, he held audiences captive with his utterly singular vocabulary. Ballet and kathak (a form of classical Indian dance) are joined in nothing short of alchemy. “It is the world I live in,” Khan says. “I can’t differentiate the two.” Which brings us to Khan’s much awaited Creature, premiering next week at Sadler’s Wells, in London. READ ON

Akram Khan and Jeffrey Cirio in rehearsals for Creature, Khan’s latest production, which opens next week in London.

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The Man Behind Roger Ailes and Winston Churchill John Lithgow joins the show

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Sect Appeal

Why are pop stars and the fashion crowd suddenly dressing like cult leaders?
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“Geoffrey’s rewilding.”

Rachel Gjersvik The jewelry designer ships her handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces to Hailey Bieber and Emma Chamberlain in time to make it to her nine-to-five

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Fish Out of Water

Imagine you’re a beachcomber browsing for colorful shells or sweeping the sands with a metal detector in search of lost treasure when, suddenly, looming before you is the giant half-submerged, bulbous head of Damien Hirst—in snorkeling goggles, no less. Freaky! READ ON

Danger Dave and Christian Rager’s Damien Hirst Looking for Sharks, part of the Swell Sculpture Festival, in Currumbin, Australia, on through this weekend.

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North Korea as You’ve Never Seen It Stéphan Gladieu’s otherworldly photos take viewers where they’ve never been allowed to go—inside Pyongyang


The Anderson Tapes The CNN anchor Anderson Cooper takes a candid look at the Vanderbilts, the historic American dynasty from which his mother, Gloria, hailed

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The Morning Star

by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Martin Aitken
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Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence

by Anita Hill
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Hurts So Good Once he made it to the top, the rough-around-the-edges, all-American rock star John Mellencamp found out he was really on the bottom

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Patricia Hitchcock She had a crush on Laurence Olivier and appeared in Psycho and Strangers on a Train. Being the daughter of the Master of Suspense had its perks

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Ça c’est Paris. Into the night with Jean Paul Gaultier couture, July 2000.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 114
September 18, 2021
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Issue No. 114
September 18, 2021