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The View from Here Thanks to leaked Facebook documents, the world now knows what every anxious teenage girl could have told us about Instagram all along

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A Lack of Intelligence General “Mad Dog” Mattis complains that he got played by Holmes. Meanwhile, a mysterious presence in the press room

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Little Gold Men, Big White Guilt L.A.’s new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has little to say about movie history—but speaks volumes about Hollywood and our times

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Mega–Midlife Crises of the Mega-Rich From the Zuck to Bezos, the quest is on to live forever

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Cosmic Chaos

Isaac Asimov’s epic Foundation series comes to Apple TV+
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“We steal gold from the rich and sell it to a metals broker. They make a profit on their buy-and-sell spread and share a portion of that with us. Then, after the skimming and the rebates, we give to the poor.”
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My Favorite Things Jessica Diehl—creative director, fashion stylist, and brand consultant—shares the items that will carry her through her evening ritual and into the fall season ahead

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Walk Robert Clergerie It’s been 40 years since Robert Clergerie stomped onto the fashion scene with a lace-up oxford—for women!—that made… with the blood machine Listen Elizabeth Holmes Podcasts On her 2019 podcast Dropout, Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News told the story of how Elizabeth Holmes Clean The Laundress I’ve never been moved by a cleaning product, let alone moved enough to publicly sing its praises. But the Laundress’s Wash & Stain Bar Wear Saint Laurent Do things right the first time and you won’t have to do them again. That’s why Saint Laurent’s leather-piped gabardine trench Stay The Hoxton, Rome Once considered the suburbs, the Salario district of Rome is now a mix of art-house cinemas, independent clothing stores… Watch The Nowhere Inn What do we really talk about when we talk about stardom? That’s the question that drives The Nowhere Inn, a mockumentary written… Walk Robert Clergerie It’s been 40 years since Robert Clergerie stomped onto the fashion scene with a lace-up oxford—for women!—that made… with the blood machine Listen Elizabeth Holmes Podcasts On her 2019 podcast Dropout, Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News told the story of how Elizabeth Holmes Clean The Laundress I’ve never been moved by a cleaning product, let alone moved enough to publicly sing its praises. But the Laundress’s Wash & Stain Bar Wear Saint Laurent Do things right the first time and you won’t have to do them again. That’s why Saint Laurent’s leather-piped gabardine trench Stay The Hoxton, Rome Once considered the suburbs, the Salario district of Rome is now a mix of art-house cinemas, independent clothing stores… Watch The Nowhere Inn What do we really talk about when we talk about stardom? That’s the question that drives The Nowhere Inn, a mockumentary written…

How Tom Ford Becomes Tom Ford An intimate look at what makes the fashion designer tick, by the man closest to him

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Mad for Majolica

What is it about majolica that ravishes the eye and inflames the imagination? The riotous forms? The supersaturated lollipop colors? The syrupy glazes that look ready for a lick? The exhibition “Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915,” on now at the Bard Graduate Center, addresses these questions with roughly 350 works pulled from collections in America and across the pond. Organized by the center’s founder and director, Susan Weber, and associate curator Jo Briggs, the show places these giddy, gaudy pieces in their historical and cultural contexts. READ ON

A peacock designed by Paul Comoléra and manufactured by Minton & Co., circa 1875.

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In Her Own Time Bob Dylan said Karen Dalton had “a voice like Billie Holiday.” A new film looks at the enigmatic singer’s enormous influence

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Once upon a Time in Wrexham Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney buy a Welsh football club because … why not?

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Françoise Gilot Is So Over Picasso After she left him, Picasso tried to get Françoise Gilot blacklisted. Today, Gilot, who turns 100 this fall, is breaking auction records

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Weaponized Beauty Queens And other curious news about these strange days …

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Home Improvement After designing interiors for the Beckhams, Peter Morgan, and Jo Malone, Rose Uniacke tackles a London mansion of her own

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A Spy Like No Other A new film tells the unlikely story of Noor Inayat Khan, a young Indian pacifist turned Allied spy

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“You forgot your mask.”

Does Anderson Cooper Have Money Issues? The CNN anchor drops by to discuss his complicated relationship with his Vanderbilt family—and their cash

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Elizabeth Neel With a new show at Pilar Corrias, in London, Alice Neel’s granddaughter forges a path of her own

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Shock and Awe Alain Ducasse’s exit from the Plaza Athénée rocked Paris. But his replacement is generating even more buzz

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Say Bonjour to France’s Most Elegant Castle Photos of the Château de Haroué celebrate life chez Beauvau-Craon, the family who has called Haroué home for 300 years


Cloud Cuckoo Land

by Anthony Doerr
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True Raiders: The Untold Story of the 1909 Expedition to Find the Legendary Ark of the Covenant

by Brad Ricca
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The Yin and Yang of Peter Thiel The Silicon Valley venture capitalist has poured millions into far-right politicians with anti-big-tech agendas. He also happens to sit on Facebook’s board

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A Star Is Born in Switzerland The team behind the Hôtel du Cap and Le Bristol bring their touch to a new property in Geneva

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Against the Grain

A collection of songs in the maverick vein of Karen Dalton, by Elizabeth Cotten, Odetta, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and more

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Autumn in New York.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 115
September 25, 2021
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Issue No. 115
September 25, 2021