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Abandoned State

From Moscow, Katya V. speaks of the souring Russian mood, the flood of compatriots crossing the border, abandoned apartments, and the endless farewell parties …

Serving the Mob

From New York City, Michael Cecchi-Azzolina, the former maître d’ of the River Café, reveals how to prevent getting whacked after accidentally disrespecting one of John Gotti’s hit men …

Fake Smiles

From Beverly Hills, Michele McPhee details a widespread fraud scheme involving top N.B.A. players, dodgy dentists, and dozens of phony root canals …

The Deal-maker

From Hollywood, Jeanine Basinger and Sam Wasson reveal how Michael Ovitz transformed himself from mild-mannered tour guide to all-powerful superagent, and changed show business along the way …

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

From Air Mail’s Beauty and Wellness Lab, Linda Wells reports on the latest innovations in zapping, plucking, and scraping away unwanted hair—just don’t call it “shaving” …

Blowing a Fusilli

From Italy, Sheila Pierce reports on the battle between energy conservationists and pasta fundamentalists …

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Did Wallis Simpson really love the duke? … the love letters of Lucian Freud … Charlotte Gainsbourg … after My Dad Wrote a Porno … Truman Capote and the “murder of the century” … the best fried chicken in New York City … everyone’s a D.J. downtown … remembering George Booth, cartooning legend … the best new mystery books … Egyptomania is here again! …


Issue No. 176

The View from Here Russia’s long good-bye

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Packages and Kings How, amid the wreckage of Heaven’s Gate, a couple of young agents rebuilt the movie business in their own image

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Foul Play How a group of former basketball players teamed up with a dodgy Beverly Hills dentist to defraud the N.B.A. out of $1 million

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Leave the Gun, Take the Cocktail In an excerpt from his upcoming memoir, a maître d’hôtel for Brooklyn’s River Café recalls getting on the wrong side of a mobster from the Gotti crime family—and how he lived to tell the tale

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Air Supply

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My Favorite Things The Mozambique-born painter Cassi Namoda highlights her favorite international finds, from French oil paints to Austrian bath salts

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Eye of the Beholder The latest innovations in skin care have nothing to do with creams or serums. Can the subtle art of hair removal accomplish more than mere shaving? Our intrepid beauty columnist investigates

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Small Talk

When the Lights Go Out All Over Europe An argument over pasta in Rome speaks of a winter of discontent across the whole of Europe

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Best
Read Sunday Matinee Caroline Martin (played by Brooke Smith) makes her on-screen entrance in The Silence of the Lambs belting out Tom Petty’s “American Girl“… Listen The Last Archive For the past two seasons of her podcast, The Last Archive, Harvard professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has been trying… Eat Charles Pan-Fried Chicken Charles Gabriel started selling fried chicken from a folding table along Amsterdam Avenue in the 1990s… Watch All the Beauty and the Bloodshed In 2014, American photographer Nan Goldin was prescribed OxyContin for the torturous pain of tendonitis… Granny Squares Adorn Wallshoppe x Lingua Franca Like so many good things in life, wallpaper is a commitment. Or, rather, it used to be. Now brands such… Stomp Le Monde Béryl Le Monde Béryl’s Mary Jane flats are classics for good reason. Now, as holiday parties beckon, the brand has trotted out a new collection… Read Sunday Matinee Caroline Martin (played by Brooke Smith) makes her on-screen entrance in The Silence of the Lambs belting out Tom Petty’s “American Girl“… Listen The Last Archive For the past two seasons of her podcast, The Last Archive, Harvard professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has been trying… Eat Charles Pan-Fried Chicken Charles Gabriel started selling fried chicken from a folding table along Amsterdam Avenue in the 1990s… Watch All the Beauty and the Bloodshed In 2014, American photographer Nan Goldin was prescribed OxyContin for the torturous pain of tendonitis… Granny Squares Adorn Wallshoppe x Lingua Franca Like so many good things in life, wallpaper is a commitment. Or, rather, it used to be. Now brands such… Stomp Le Monde Béryl Le Monde Béryl’s Mary Jane flats are classics for good reason. Now, as holiday parties beckon, the brand has trotted out a new collection…

Amateur Hour An unexpected side effect of house music’s stratospheric rise? Everyone and their mother thinks that they, too, can be a D.J.

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Ready, Set, Bake! Mouthwatering desserts and beautiful breads are made with ease, thanks to these new cookbooks

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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gainsbourged From the perils of aging to the joys of parenthood—and the undertow of depression—the French singer and actress is now happily looking ahead

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A Feast for the Ears This week’s podcast has grifters, N.B.A. stars, fancy restaurants, angry mobsters, Russian dissidents, and more!

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Yabba Dabba Doo! With two sellout world tours and 430 million downloads, Britain’s most successful comedy podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno, has finally reached its climax

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Photography

All Roads Lead to Paolo Di Paolo Ahead of a new movie by Bruce Weber on the forgotten photographer and chronicler of postwar Italy, we collect some of his most memorable pictures


Hot Topic Ever since Edward VIII abdicated the British throne to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, there has been speculation about their relationship. A new book attempts to set the record straight

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Small Talk

Maria Sole Ferragamo The young jewelry designer behind So-Le Studio uses her family’s signature fabric—leather—to make accessories that double as works of art

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A Mania for Egyptomania Early next month, the “Magnificent Jewels” sale at Sotheby’s New York will include nearly a dozen superb pieces of Egyptian Revival jewelry

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Small Talk
“O.K., let’s celebrate this touchdown and try not to disappoint our new offensive choreographer.”
Books

Love Lucian: The Letters of Lucian Freud, 1939–1954

Edited by David Dawson and Martin Gayford
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Murder, They Wrote

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Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire’s Wife, and the Murder of the Century

by Roseanne Montillo
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Small Talk
“I don’t care for their politics, either, but we have to fly south for the winter.”

Bull Terriers on Parade George Booth’s cartoons didn’t punch up or down but elbowed gently to the side

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Issue No. 176
November 26, 2022
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Issue No. 176
November 26, 2022