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Issue No. 133

The View from Here Vladimir Putin watches TV and believes the lies he imposes on the Russian media about Ukraine and the United States. Who does he sound like?

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No, That’s Not a Boom Mike in the Frame. That’s … Tommy How a grainy sex tape of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee jump-started the Web—and a Hulu mini-series

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Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

Under Siege As an investor in London’s beloved Wolseley tries to wrest control, the restaurateurs behind it have other plans

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Vive la Différence! The British adaptation of the cult French show Call My Agent! will have just as many Hollywood cameos, but its protagonists are far more buttoned up

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Light Nette Carol Han started her career as a fashion editor—first at Lucky, then at Elle. In these roles, she took notes on the changes upending… Thaw Hot-Water Bottles Much like knitting and crocheting, activities that until very recently were strictly associated with retirement, the lowly hot-water bottle, Watch Speakerine The year 1962 was glorious for French haute couture but not so great for French politics—Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent were all-powerful… Eat Harry’s Berries There’s at least five months until berry season. The fare at Harry’s Berries in winter is sweeter and juicier than most pints you’ll pick up at Whole Foods… Smell Pisani Et Al. When four friends get together, something combustible can happen. (Just ask the original cast members of Sex and the City.)… Wear Loro Piana ’Tis the time of year (and pandemic) where the only real interactions we’re having are with our various screens and sofas. It’s easy to descend… Light Nette Carol Han started her career as a fashion editor—first at Lucky, then at Elle. In these roles, she took notes on the changes upending… Thaw Hot-Water Bottles Much like knitting and crocheting, activities that until very recently were strictly associated with retirement, the lowly hot-water bottle, Watch Speakerine The year 1962 was glorious for French haute couture but not so great for French politics—Givenchy and Yves Saint Laurent were all-powerful… Eat Harry’s Berries There’s at least five months until berry season. The fare at Harry’s Berries in winter is sweeter and juicier than most pints you’ll pick up at Whole Foods… Smell Pisani Et Al. When four friends get together, something combustible can happen. (Just ask the original cast members of Sex and the City.)… Wear Loro Piana ’Tis the time of year (and pandemic) where the only real interactions we’re having are with our various screens and sofas. It’s easy to descend…
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Where Have You Gone, Bill de Blasio? New York City’s former mayor decided not to run for governor, maybe because he had these losers behind him

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My Favorite Things If there’s one thing lingerie designer and Fleur du Mal founder Jennifer Zuccarini understands intimately, it’s, well, intimates. Herewith, the creative visionary highlights a collection of products she loves right now

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Guilt by Orientation In JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, Oliver Stone continues his three-decade slander of an innocent man—one who, not coincidentally, happened to be gay

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Will Tom Cruise Go Too Far This Time? And other strange news about these curious days …

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The Devil’s in the Data Walter Murch reveals how Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation clicked together—and anticipated surveillance capitalism

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“You’re supposed to put the air holes in the top of the box.”

Landing Gear A colorful keyboard that makes typing a treat; the perfect app for 8-mm. cinephiles of any age; Hollywood’s new lord of the rings; and more

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Animal Instinct

There are certain people for whom name is destiny. Usain Bolt bolted his way to Olympic gold. Bernie Madoff made off with his clients’ savings. Naughty 10-year-olds still joke about Anthony Weiner’s wiener. And the gods themselves must have been joking when they cooked up Francis Bacon, the artist who painted human beings as cold, mute slabs of meat. READ ON

Study for Bullfight No. 1, painted by Francis Bacon in 1969.

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Francis Ford Coppola’s Overlooked Masterpiece A conversation about The Conversation—the movie that predicted our surveillance-saturated world

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Hall of Mirrors Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley—now showing in glorious black and white—is a throwback to Hollywood’s golden era, and a film for our times

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Joe Holder The personal trainer whose brand of wellness has won over everyone from Bella Hadid to Naomi Campbell

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The Island of No How did Mustique, where Princess Margaret once partied naked, lose its luster to … Bequia?

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The Photographer’s Eye

Steve Schapiro Brought the Laughs A fixture on the Hollywood circuit, Schapiro photographed everyone from Mel Brooks to Dolly Parton with humor and class

“I used to shoot first and ask questions later, but now I start with the questions.”

An Unblessed Arrangement Inside the turbulent life and times of Consuelo Vanderbilt, the last heiress to be able to blame her unhappy marriage on someone other than herself

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Architects of an American Landscape: Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Reimagining of America’s Public and Private Spaces

by Hugh Howard
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Crown & Sceptre: A New History of the British Monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II

by Tracy Borman
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Mr. StarCraft Elon Musk’s love for video games has informed his career, from PayPal to Tesla, more than perhaps anything else

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Shelter from the Storm

Climate control from John Lee Hooker, Lucinda Williams, Joe Henry, and more

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“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos,” said E. O. Wilson (1929–2021). Peter Kuper’s forthcoming graphic novel about insects drew inspiration from his pandemic visits to the New York Public Library, where a new exhibition explores the artist’s experiences in the library’s entomological archives.
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Richard David Story Peter Bogdanovich André Leon Talley

Issue No. 133
January 29, 2022
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Issue No. 133
January 29, 2022