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The View from Here Everyone agrees Broadway needs more diversity. How to get there is a different story

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The Scent of a Scoundrel In Paris, accusations of elder abuse bring a stench to France’s oldest perfume house

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His Last Picture Show My Year with Peter Bogdanovich

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My Favorite Things Grace Atwood, the founder of and creative director behind the Stripe, the daily lifestyle site “for the stylish bookworm,” shares a certain aesthetic sensibility with our own shop. Herewith, she spotlights her new collaboration and more

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RED ROCKET, from left: Suzanna Son, Simon Rex, 2021. Watch Red Rocket Mikey Davis, a charming, once successful porn star, flees Los Angeles. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his hometown, Texas City, Visit Ta Khut at Posada Ayana In José Ignacio, a quaint Uruguayan seaside town, South America’s first freestanding Skyspace Listen Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera Over six episodes, Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera, a new… Wear Adidas by Prada Re-Nylon Just in time for These Times, Prada and Adidas have teamed up for the third incarnation… Apply Tracie Martyn According to Kate Winslet, a Tracie Martyn facial makes “you look like you’ve been on a two-week retreat to Thailand.” Since tropical… Play Wordle In today’s online world of incessant pop-ups and ads, there’s something comforting about a plain white screen with 30 blank squares… RED ROCKET, from left: Suzanna Son, Simon Rex, 2021. Watch Red Rocket Mikey Davis, a charming, once successful porn star, flees Los Angeles. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his hometown, Texas City, Visit Ta Khut at Posada Ayana In José Ignacio, a quaint Uruguayan seaside town, South America’s first freestanding Skyspace Listen Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera Over six episodes, Harsh Reality: The Story of Miriam Rivera, a new… Wear Adidas by Prada Re-Nylon Just in time for These Times, Prada and Adidas have teamed up for the third incarnation… Apply Tracie Martyn According to Kate Winslet, a Tracie Martyn facial makes “you look like you’ve been on a two-week retreat to Thailand.” Since tropical… Play Wordle In today’s online world of incessant pop-ups and ads, there’s something comforting about a plain white screen with 30 blank squares…

Baby Face As the beauty industry strives for a younger and younger look, the only place left to go is … skin as soft and supple as a baby’s (literally)

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Baroness Busted Lingerie entrepreneur turned English lord and self-appointed crypto-currency expert Baroness Bra is now facing legal action over racist texts and millions in dodgy government contracts

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Landing Gear A screen-free device that keeps kids engaged; Kanye West’s uncanny music-making gizmo; a seasoned app for plant-based diners; and more

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Bad Words No worries! I am literally about to circle back to that … Some words are better left unsaid

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How Genius Works S’wonderful, s’marvelous … A revealing conversation with Sam Kashner about collaborating on Peter Bogdanovich’s final script

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Is It Bunga-Bunga Time (Again)? And other strange news about these curious days …

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Meet Me at Mother Wolf Chef Evan Funke made Felix Trattoria the hottest restaurant in Los Angeles. Can he do it again?

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“Your job will be to bang your head against this wall from nine to five each day.”

Elvis Costello has a new album and a lot more to say.

Man Out of Time

“I want you, I’m going to say it once again ’til I instill it / I am goin’, goin’ feel this way until you kill it.” Elvis Costello sang these relentless lines in 1986. He was younger then, and some of us were younger still. Yes, he sounded like a stalker, but for many of us that was our kind of fun. Costello, now 67, is presumably happily married (to chanteuse Diana Krall) and domesticated, but his muse still brims with bitterness and bile. And while he may have accepted an O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), his songs sound miles from Buckingham Palace. READ ON

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“Will you please stop acting like my mother except for the laundry and food and cleaning and stuff?!!”

Denée Benton The Broadway star goes back to her TV roots with Julian Fellowes’s The Gilded Age

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Open Book

Architecture’s Avant-Garde A look at the transgressive styles that disrupted and remade 20th-century architecture

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Digital Demi-Gods of Dice The digital quest to conquer backgammon, a game dating back to ancient times, has been won. What now?

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Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life and Camera Man: Buster Keaton, The Dawn of Cinema, and The Invention of the Twentieth Century

by James Curtis and Dana Stevens
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To Paradise

by Hanya Yanagihara
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She’s Got the Art World Sewn Up Lucy Sparrow has stitched herself into the front rank. Now she’s showing her most ambitious work yet

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The Best “Bad Girl”

A collection of magnificent songs by—and otherwise related to—the late, great Ronnie Spector, rock ’n’ roll’s original “bad girl”

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Sixty years ago this month, Dr. No, the first James Bond movie, began shooting on location in Jamaica. Overtures had been made to both Cary Grant and James Mason to play the lead, but neither would commit to multiple films; author Ian Fleming favored Richard Todd. Despite the producers’ initial reservations about Sean Connery, the mere act of his crossing a London street clinched it: he walked “like a panther,” said the first wife of producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli. And so, the erstwhile milkman, coffin polisher, and male model assumed the role—and became a superstar.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story (1952–2021)

Issue No. 131
January 15, 2022
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Issue No. 131
January 15, 2022