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Field of Schemes

From the sidelines, Stuart Heritage reports on bribes, spies, David Beckham, and foul play in the calamitous buildup to this year’s World Cup, in Qatar …

Easy Riders

From Hollywood, Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson reveal how Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson, and a cheap biker movie changed the film industry forever …

Inspector Gadget

From the AIR MAIL test lab, a milk frother that spits out the perfect hot cocoa, and more from our tech-and-gear expert, Jonathan Margolis …

Charge of the Light-bulb Brigade

From the executive floor, William D. Cohan illuminates Jack Welch’s greatest moment at General Electric: the largest M&A deal of all time …

Baby Driver

From Italy, our car columnist, Jamie Kitman, clambers inside the Microlino, an incredibly popular, remarkably stylish, and very small electric car …

Bellboy Confidential

From New York City, Marlowe Granados reads between the lines of Ludwig Bemelmans’s memoir, Hotel Splendide, to uncover the Madeline author’s chaotic apprenticeship at the Ritz …

The Seasoned Traveler

Luca Guadagnino, the celebrated director of Call Me by Your Name, unpacks his travel routine and explains why he can’t watch movies on airplanes anymore …

But, Wait, There’s More!

Our dear Douglas McGrath, remembered … Timothée Chalamet’s older, funnier sister … Francis Sultana, the “Baroque ’n’ roll” interior designer … a rare interview with Riccardo Muti … T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” turns 100 … floating to Luxor in luxury … Lord Lucan is back …


Issue No. 174

The View from Here Just how corrupt is the Qatar World Cup?

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Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

The Bike Picture How a long-haired band of outsiders with a 16-mm. camera, $300,000, and “a hell of an idea” re-invented American movies with Easy Rider

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The Power and the Glory In 1985, G.E. purchased RCA for $6.3 billion in cash, then the largest M&A deal of all time. That G.E. was actually buying back a business it had started 65 years earlier was largely forgotten

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Air Supply

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My Favorite Things Since debuting her now ubiquitous ballet flats, in 2004, Tory Burch has created a multi-billion-dollar empire. Here, the American designer and entrepreneur reveals the items she swears by—and the gift she never tires of receiving

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Stirring Developments A hot-chocolate machine you didn’t know you needed; a secret-agent-worthy pair of wireless headphones; the recipe for better flavors; and more

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The Secret Life of Hotels Before doing the Madeline children’s books and the murals for New York’s Carlyle-hotel bar, Ludwig Bemelmans worked at the Ritz—and kept notes

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Best
Eat Alimentari Flâneur We’re going to let you in on a secret: you don’t need to go to the grocery store this Thanksgiving. Daniel Emilio Soares, a fourth-generation… Read Bloomingdale’s 150th Anniversary At this moment, we estimate you have a dozen tabs open in your browser, one of which is this week’s issue… Adorn By Alice As the war in Ukraine rages on, an artist named Alex (last name withheld for privacy reasons) is continuing to forge ahead and practice… Wear Paula Rowan Gloves get a bad rap. All too often, they are sensible and hard-wearing, but terribly unexciting. Paula Rowan simply won’t stand… Watch “Anastasia” Sometimes, the long, twisted story of how Vladimir Putin crushes all opposition can be explained with a single anecdote… Set East London Cloth x Cressida Jamieson The analog art of embroidery has been going through a bit of a renaissance. In London, Cressida Jamieson Eat Alimentari Flâneur We’re going to let you in on a secret: you don’t need to go to the grocery store this Thanksgiving. Daniel Emilio Soares, a fourth-generation… Read Bloomingdale’s 150th Anniversary At this moment, we estimate you have a dozen tabs open in your browser, one of which is this week’s issue… Adorn By Alice As the war in Ukraine rages on, an artist named Alex (last name withheld for privacy reasons) is continuing to forge ahead and practice… Wear Paula Rowan Gloves get a bad rap. All too often, they are sensible and hard-wearing, but terribly unexciting. Paula Rowan simply won’t stand… Watch “Anastasia” Sometimes, the long, twisted story of how Vladimir Putin crushes all opposition can be explained with a single anecdote… Set East London Cloth x Cressida Jamieson The analog art of embroidery has been going through a bit of a renaissance. In London, Cressida Jamieson

You Belong in the Kitchen! Fall’s best new cookbooks make food prep a pleasure—and they also make excellent gifts

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Douglas McGrath After an early job at S.N.L., the high-spirited playwright and filmmaker went on to write the book for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and co-write the screenplay for Bullets over Broadway

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Small Talk

Bubble Boom A Swiss car-maker’s take on a midcentury Italian classic has the world of electric cars buzzing

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Luca Guadagnino Introducing our new Seasoned Traveler feature, a questionnaire devoted entirely to travel routines. First up: the Italian director behind A Bigger Splash, Call Me by Your Name, and the new film Bones and All

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New Clues in the Notorious Lord Lucan Murders? And other strange news about these curious days …

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Small Talk
“Don’t dwell on your past failures. There are plenty of current and future failures to dwell on.”

Historic and Euphoric By infusing architecturally significant homes with contemporary art, Francis Sultana has become the go-to designer for serious collectors

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Hollywood’s Lost Stories Come to Light Sam Wasson discusses a new oral history of movies, told by the people who made them

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Peak Egypt For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, there’s really only one way to travel up the Nile—on a 19th-century sailing vessel

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A Class Act The producing artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater pays tribute to his friend James McMullan, a brilliant artist who has designed its posters for nearly four decades

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Joan Brown’s Grey Cat with Madrone and Birch Trees (1968) is on view as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s retrospective of her work.

Study in Brown

The San Francisco artist Joan Brown loved to get dolled up and go ballroom dancing. Having survived childhood with an alcoholic father and a suicidal mother, a near-death competitive swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco, and all but her fourth marriage, she was, as she put it, “an eternal optimist.” Her work careened between figures swollen with paint as thick as frosting and flat, colorful still lifes with decorative elements. Brown was in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) by the time she was 22. Tragically, she would die in Puttaparthi, India, just 30 years later, accidentally killed by a collapsed turret as she was installing an obelisk made to honor her guru, Sathya Sai Baba. READ ON

Small Talk
“Client wants a quick P.O.V. on how this might affect the Q4 holiday campaign.”

Broken Images T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” is the rare modernist masterpiece that still feels modern

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The Man Who Knows Don Giovanni On the eve of a new production in Turin, master maestro Riccardo Muti unlocks the hero’s secrets

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Crime Pays He’s written 37 books and sold more than 80 million copies—yet The New York Times still won’t give Michael Connelly’s well-crafted and timely whodunits a proper review

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Small Talk
“Movies … snacks … what took us so long?”

Pauline Chalamet Although the star of The Sex Lives of College Girls grew up in a family of actors, writers, and directors, she resisted a life in the arts for years

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Book Reviews

Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru

by Hugh Bonneville
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Still Broke: Walmart’s Remarkable Transformation and the Limits of Socially Conscious Capitalism

by Rick Wartzman
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Open Book

Dreams in Progress A new book celebrates Hollywood’s greatest behind-the-scenes photographer


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Issue No. 174
November 12, 2022
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Issue No. 174
November 12, 2022