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Sexual Misconduct

From London, Flora Gill skewers the pathetic (and entirely unsurprising) cheating of sanctimonious, self-professed “wife guys,” such as Adam Levine …

Grifter in Chief

From Washington, James Kirchick reports on the revelations in Confidence Man, Maggie Haberman’s highly anticipated biography of Donald Trump …

Misrule, Britannia!

From the U.K., a gobsmacked Stuart Heritage tallies the wreckage wrought by an all-too-clueless Liz Truss in her first 30 days as prime minister …

Whodunit?

From downtown, George Pendle puts the screws to young and fabulous literati who find themselves potential suspects in a curious theft from the offices of The Paris Review

The Thong Remains the Same

From the mall, our beauty-and-wellness columnist, Linda Wells, casts a skeptical eye on a wokeified Victoria’s Secret …

Swipe Far Right?

From the digital domain, Kat Rosenfield reports on a new dating app for the MAGA set that’s less about love and more about hate (of the libs, naturally!) …

A Touch of Florence

In Litchfield County, Connecticut, Alan Richman discovers the pleasures of Materia, a small Italian restaurant that reminds him of the best Michelin one-stars tucked away in Europe …

The Little Shop Around the Corner

In London, Spike Carter falls under the spell of Labour and Wait, the home-goods store handsome enough to be a design museum …

Defining Roles

From Hollywood, Geena Davis reveals she’s a bit perplexed by the whole Thelma & Louise cult thing …


Issue No. 169

The View from Here What drives Trump? More than racism, power, or even greed, it’s an insatiable hunger for fame

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Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

#Trussterf*ck No shame and no sense—the U.K.’s new prime minister is not off to a good start

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Unveiled and Unafraid Thousands have been arrested and the death toll is climbing, but Iran’s Gen Z won’t be silenced

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OkCuAnon A new dating app for right-wingers is less about loving tradition than it is about hating the libs

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The Spectacular Fall of the “Wife Guy” Cheating scandals involving everyone from Adam Levine to Ned of the Try Guys are putting a crack in the carefully tailored “wife guy” aesthetic

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Air Supply

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My Favorite Things Athena Calderone has established herself as one of today’s leading taste-makers, thanks to her simple, sophisticated, and unusually striking eye. Here, the interior designer and James Beard award–winning Cook Beautiful author shares her must-haves of the moment

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Geena Davis Didn’t Know Thelma & Louise Is Still a Thing The movie star reflects on the film’s enduring popularity, and how Hollywood has changed in the years since it was made

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Preaching to the Choir Meghan Markle’s podcast is back, and it’s just as pious and self-aggrandizing as ever

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Small Talk
“Your training begins just as it did with the masters of old … with positive affirmations and five minutes of low-impact cardio.”

Erling Haaland The Premier League’s latest superstar is so talented he might spoil the sport for good

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Spend It Like Beckham? The Soccer Star’s Money Scandal And other strange news about these curious days …

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The Case of the Light-Fingered Litterateur When a framed photograph went missing during a Paris Review party, the avant-garde revelers became suspects in an old-fashioned potboiler

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A Hidden Restaurant Gem in Connecticut? It’s True At Materia, a Le Bernardin alum cooks dishes that make you feel like you’re in Italy

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London’s Oasis of High Style (for Hammers and Watering Cans) Is it a home-goods store or a museum of beautiful design? Labour and Wait is both

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Small Talk
“Alright, I’m out of here—it’s poker night.”

Misery Porn Blonde is sexist, cruel, and degrading—so why is it currently the No. 1 film on Netflix?

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Best
Apply Dr. Dennis Gross It might sound basic—or even contradictory—but with cold weather and dry skin incoming, the Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Bake Evolutions in Bread Ken Forkish is my one and only bread-baking guru. I first encountered him at his legendary institutions, in PortlandKen’s Artisan Bakery Smell Maison Francis Kurkdjian If you have spent even a millisecond on the beauty side of TikTok, you know there is one perfume… Watch Pearl In Ti West’s slasher film X, Mia Goth stars as Maxine, an aspiring actress who treks to a farm in rural Texas with her boyfriend and a film crew… Wear Prada There’s a lot to like coming out of Prada HQ this season, especially the embellished-muslin skirts and dresses. But we’re starting with this… Wear Acme Atelier Stylish but subdued, a kilt may be the perfect fall skirt. Luckily, Acme Atelier’s founder, Andrea Chappell, knows an awful lot about kilts… Apply Dr. Dennis Gross It might sound basic—or even contradictory—but with cold weather and dry skin incoming, the Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Bake Evolutions in Bread Ken Forkish is my one and only bread-baking guru. I first encountered him at his legendary institutions, in PortlandKen’s Artisan Bakery Smell Maison Francis Kurkdjian If you have spent even a millisecond on the beauty side of TikTok, you know there is one perfume… Watch Pearl In Ti West’s slasher film X, Mia Goth stars as Maxine, an aspiring actress who treks to a farm in rural Texas with her boyfriend and a film crew… Wear Prada There’s a lot to like coming out of Prada HQ this season, especially the embellished-muslin skirts and dresses. But we’re starting with this… Wear Acme Atelier Stylish but subdued, a kilt may be the perfect fall skirt. Luckily, Acme Atelier’s founder, Andrea Chappell, knows an awful lot about kilts…

House Proud Patina Modern, a new book by Chris Mitchell and Pilar Guzmán, demystifies interior design

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Eye of the Beholder Victoria’s Secret is attempting a comeback. But will its conciliatory new ad campaign atone for its many sins? Our skeptical beauty columnist is not so sure …

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For a new exhibition devoted to Scandinavian influence on American design, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is putting 175 objects—from doilies to cars—on display.

As Seen in Scandinavia

On a September evening in 1960, Americans sat in darkened living rooms, transfixed by their flickering television screens. It was the first night of the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debates, and we all know the takeaway image: a haggard Richard Nixon stands at a lectern, glistening with sweat, while John Kennedy, seated with leg suavely crossed at the knee, is cool and calm in a Danish-modern chair. Scholars still argue whether that scene changed the outcome of the election. It is a fact, however, that the Danish chair, designed by Hans Wegner, became so well known that it was marketed in the U.S. as “The Chair.” READ ON

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Keeping Up with Bill Owens The chronicler of small-town America is out with a new book, corresponding to the 50th-anniversary exhibition of his seminal work, Suburbia


It’s a Natural Fit: Trump and Victoria’s Secret Just two of the subjects discussed on this week’s podcast. Plus, will Liz Truss survive?

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Books

A Ballet of Lepers: A Novel and Stories

by Leonard Cohen
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Bold Ventures: Thirteen Tales of Architectural Tragedy

by Charlotte Van den Broeck
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Africa’s Next Big Thing Despite its 20 national parks and astounding wildlife, Zambia is often overlooked by safari seekers. That’s about to change

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Small Talk
“Mom—Declan’s using swear words incorrectly.”

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When autumn leaves begin to fall, it’s time to strut your stuff.
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Issue No. 169
October 8, 2022
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Issue No. 169
October 8, 2022