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Issue No. 173

The View from Here A new, unauthorized biography of Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, Liz Truss, reveals a robotic woman who lives on a diet of espressos and mayonnaise-free food, but leaves its readers wanting more

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Looter in Chief How did a nearly 20-year-old, widely acclaimed biography of Catherine the Great and Potemkin become a maniacal road map for President Putin?

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Everybody’s Talkin’ How a disruptive new technology—sound—brought an end to the silent era and gave rise to the studio system. An exclusive excerpt from Hollywood: The Oral History

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Mystic Meg Holding up the mantle of humanity is no easy task for the duchess and her “dear friend,” the First Lady (of Canada) … This and so much more on the latest installment of Archetypes

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Bono Still Hasn’t Found What He’s Looking For The U2 front man’s new memoir is romantic, sincere, and self-effacing. More than an inventory of rock ’n’ roll high jinks, it reveals how deep the trauma of losing his mother at just 14 sits, even today

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My Favorite Things The born-and-bred Brit behind A Little Bird, a weekly newsletter offering an insider’s guide to London and beyond, shares her favorite finds of the moment, from feel-good fountain pens to the novel she considers nothing short of “perfect”

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Eye of the Beholder Yearning for self-control? A new coterie of tough-love life coaches are now specializing in “accountability,” and they’re ready to weigh in on your every snack. Is this helpful, harmful, or perhaps a bit of both? Our beauty-and-wellness columnist investigates

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Watch The Playlist From WeWork to Theranos to Uber, many tech start-ups have been given the Hollywood treatment this year. Now it’s Spotify’s turn… Read Lost Objects Orson Welles made a masterpiece out of the lost object when he locked onto Rosebud in Citizen Kane. The director knew that the stories of our lives… Cook Zojirushi I hesitated to buy a rice cooker for two years because it seemed like a total waste of money and counter space. But I kept thinking about it… Wear Yoox Net-a-Porter for the Prince’s Foundation As a means of preserving artisan craft in the fashion industry… Wear Alix of Bohemia x Cabana Two things we love: Alix of Bohemia, and Cabana (both the magazine and its e-commerce offerings)… Listen Obsessions: Wild Chocolate There is chocolate and then there is wild chocolate. Apparently, Godiva’s assortments and Hershey’s Kisses… Watch The Playlist From WeWork to Theranos to Uber, many tech start-ups have been given the Hollywood treatment this year. Now it’s Spotify’s turn… Read Lost Objects Orson Welles made a masterpiece out of the lost object when he locked onto Rosebud in Citizen Kane. The director knew that the stories of our lives… Cook Zojirushi I hesitated to buy a rice cooker for two years because it seemed like a total waste of money and counter space. But I kept thinking about it… Wear Yoox Net-a-Porter for the Prince’s Foundation As a means of preserving artisan craft in the fashion industry… Wear Alix of Bohemia x Cabana Two things we love: Alix of Bohemia, and Cabana (both the magazine and its e-commerce offerings)… Listen Obsessions: Wild Chocolate There is chocolate and then there is wild chocolate. Apparently, Godiva’s assortments and Hershey’s Kisses…

How Claire Saffitz’s Star Was Born Her Bon Appétit cooking videos went viral. Today, Saffitz is a free agent, churning out YouTube tutorials and cookbooks in equal measure

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A Seven-Decade Roman Holiday The diaries of the American art critic, photographer, and Rome transplant Milton Gendel reveal a life spent mingling with artists, royals, and other notables


Cracking the Code of Taylor Swift And other strange news about these curious days …

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Messing with Perfection In the latest affront to musical history, Cat Power is covering Bob Dylan’s 1966 concert at the Royal Albert Hall

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Liz Truss: Even Stranger Than We Thought On this week’s podcast, Stuart Heritage reports on the very revealing new book about the former P.M.

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Superman Flying, Providence, RI, 1991, from “Fire Leap,” one of six slideshows by Nan Goldin on at the Moderna Museet, in Stockholm.

Nan Goldin Flips the Script

After viewing Nan Goldin’s pair of slideshows, “Memory Lost” and “Sirens,” at Marian Goodman Gallery in 2019, Moderna Museet chief curator Fredrik Liew thought, She’s a filmmaker. READ ON

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Pillow Talk Set on the Sicilian coast, Season Two of The White Lotus is yet another pitch-perfect take on the fake smiles and excessive privilege of the oversexed guests swanning around five-star hotels

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A Weight on Her Shoulders The director Nanette Burstein’s new docuseries, Killer Sally, offers a nuanced look at the bodybuilder Sally McNeil’s 1995 murder of her abusive husband

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Shyan Zakeri The Los Angeles native is bringing his favorite childhood burgers—greasy, thin patties—to New York City with his pop-up concept, Shy’s Burgers

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Walter De Maria’s Man on the Moon Painting (1961) goes on view at the Menil Collection for the first museum exhibition of his work.

Sweet Nothings

Are you finding yourself in need of some meaningless work? Something deliberately unproductive? Wallace Stevens wrote of the “nothing that is not there and the nothing that is,” and the latter category is your sweet spot. A friend of mine, an undergrad when he paid a visit to The New York Review of Books, used the word “conceptual” and was told by Barbara Epstein, the Review’s co-editor, “Never use that word outside Morningside Heights.” That was a long time ago. Now you can use it anywhere, especially in Houston, where “Walter De Maria: Boxes for Meaningless Work” has just opened at the Menil Collection. READ ON

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“It’s all there. And because of the pressure to conform to social norms, I’ve included a 20 percent tip.”

Mystery Man Eight Questions with Anthony Horowitz, the man behind Foyle’s War and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, a series of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond novels, and his own mystery TV show

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Cinema Speculation

by Quentin Tarantino
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I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise: A Life of Bunny Mellon

by Mac Griswold
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Superman agonistes: current events give pause to even the Man of Steel.
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Issue No. 173
November 5, 2022
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Issue No. 173
November 5, 2022