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Holiday Gratings

From the hearth, Larry David delivers a typically improper end-of-year letter, complete with drunken children, unlicensed midwifery, dementia party games, and spousal bondage …

Too Much, Too Often

From the editors of this fine journal, our first weekly Attention-Whore Index of people you’re sick of, but who can’t get enough of you! …

Barrels of Vintage Whine

From their epic grievance tour, Harry and Meghan go full Putin on his family and their staff …

Bang for their Buck

From thrillionaires’ row, Mark Ellwood reveals how the ultra-wealthy are shunning five-star luxury for insane, globe-spanning adventure games …

Boom and Bust

From London, Stuart Heritage reports on “Baroness Bra,” the working-class girl turned lingerie millionaire turned member of the House of Lords, now at the center of a massive corruption scandal …

Elegant Debauch

From Hollywood, Graham Fuller uncovers Damien Chazelle’s eye-popping—and pooping—bacchanalian epic, Babylon, starring Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, giants, elephants, and more …

Southern Exposure

From Sicily, Clara Molot talks to Beatrice Grannò, better known as Mia from Season Two of The White Lotus, ahead of the show’s finale …

It’s a Knockout

From the beauty-and-wellness desk, Linda Wells reviews the mind-numbing new sleep apps—featuring Harry Styles and Matthew McConaughey—aimed at getting you eight hours of bliss …

But, Wait, There’s More!

Wild nights with Paul McCartney … a forgotten Washington horror story … Brunello Cucinelli swaps drapes for grapes … getting loose with Old Town clothes … Nosferatu never dies … Via Carota’s olive-oil cake, yours to make … minimalist elegance in the Maldives …


Issue No. 178

The View from Here In the spirit of the season, a holiday letter from a family that’s putting the “salt” in “salt of the earth”

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Heavy Assets “Baroness Bra,” the U.K.’s most controversial member of the House of Lords, is accused of “bullying” ministers into awarding her lucrative coronavirus contracts worth more than $240 million

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Desperately Seeking Sympathy Can someone get Harry and Meghan a private jet to this Netflix “global event” pity party?

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Trump Gets Even Smaller We have editorial columns and editorial cartoons. Now we have editorial toy soldiers

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My Favorite Things Durga Chew-Bose, the Montreal-based writer and author of Too Much and Not the Mood, shares her everyday essentials, from an Indian bar soap to the loafers that suit all sartorial standards

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Correspondence Course How to send a proper greeting without delay or stamps

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Eye of the Beholder If sleep is the new sex, what to do about performance anxiety? Our chronically rested beauty-and-wellness columnist investigates the latest attempts to lull us into a medication-free slumber

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Best
Set Giorgio Armani x Parmigiani Fleurier When walking down Via Borgonuovo, in Milan, even those who are not particularly well versed in fashion… Teardrop Crystal Ear-Cuff Sparkle Hannayoo Works Over the course of her 20-year career in the fashion business, Hanna Yoo has served as the right-hand woman to designer Barbara Bui Fly Blade Blade—the aviation company that is like Uber, but with helicopters and seaplanes instead of Toyotas—is perhaps best… Dine Koloman In 2015, Markus Glocker guided Bâtard to earn the title of Best New Restaurant in America from the James Beard Foundation… Light Trudon The inscription engraved on the wrist of a Syrian sculpture originally excavated in the 1850s and now housed in the Louvre’s Watch Inside Man There aren’t many crime thrillers that can twin a twee English vicarage with an American maximum-security prison. It would be like… Set Giorgio Armani x Parmigiani Fleurier When walking down Via Borgonuovo, in Milan, even those who are not particularly well versed in fashion… Teardrop Crystal Ear-Cuff Sparkle Hannayoo Works Over the course of her 20-year career in the fashion business, Hanna Yoo has served as the right-hand woman to designer Barbara Bui Fly Blade Blade—the aviation company that is like Uber, but with helicopters and seaplanes instead of Toyotas—is perhaps best… Dine Koloman In 2015, Markus Glocker guided Bâtard to earn the title of Best New Restaurant in America from the James Beard Foundation… Light Trudon The inscription engraved on the wrist of a Syrian sculpture originally excavated in the 1850s and now housed in the Louvre’s Watch Inside Man There aren’t many crime thrillers that can twin a twee English vicarage with an American maximum-security prison. It would be like…

Who Wants to Be a Thrillionaire? For the .01 percent, a vacation isn’t truly luxurious unless it involves adventure—and possibly danger

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Small Talk
“You got lots of nice birthday cards. Why are you dwelling on the one negative one?”
After Hours

A Night Celebrating Sam Wasson and Jeanine Basinger Jeff Zucker, Waris Ahluwalia, Luke and Linda Janklow, and others gathered at the Waverly Inn to celebrate a new oral history of Hollywood


The Next Step Published just before the pandemic, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse captured the world with its message of kindness and went on to become the all-time best-selling U.K. hardback. Now the illustrated tale is headed to the big screen on Christmas Day

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Leading the Way by Standing Still Fashion has finally caught up with Old Town clothing, a singular apparel company on the Norfolk coast

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A Grape Escape Designer Brunello Cucinelli is entering the world of wine-making, to delicious effect

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When Royal Cosplay Goes Bad On this week’s podcast, thoughts on the Harry and Meghan drama-mentary, and much more

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Torta all’Olio Make the perfect olive-oil cake with this recipe from Via Carota’s new cookbook

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Beatrice Grannò The Italian actress discusses her American-TV debut: The White Lotus, Season Two

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Small Talk
“Good morning, passengers awaiting Flight 3335 to Lisbon. We just want to remind you that if the plane leaves the ground and you’re not on it, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life. Also, please remember to have your boarding passes and identification ready.”

Picture Imperfect Damien Chazelle calls his new film, Babylon, “a hate letter to Hollywood and a love letter to movies”

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American Caliph: The True Story of a Muslim Mystic, a Hollywood Epic, and the 1977 Siege of Washington, DC

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Nothing Is Beatle-Proof How a wild night out with the McCartneys influenced one of the most revered albums in the history of popular music

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Out for Blood A century after Nosferatu’s release, Berlin’s National Gallery explores the enduring influence of F. W. Murnau’s vampire film

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Ancient Britain from Up High A new coffee-table book collects stunning photographs of Great Britain’s ancient sites, from Stonehenge to Cadbury Castle

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“Let’s get our stories straight. Was it a really strong twister or a gang of clothes rustlers?”

Will the Maldives Keep Its Magic? Amid a spate of new hotel openings, one writer checks in to assess this island nation’s enduring appeal

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The Real Loretta Lynn When I joined the late country singer on her tour bus, I got an earful—and a very different picture of country music than the one I had in my head

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Sweet dreams of starry skies, delicious drinks, and happy holidays to all!
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Issue No. 178
December 10, 2022
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Issue No. 178
December 10, 2022