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It’s Their Party …

… and they’ll splurge if they want to. From millennial land, Lynn Q. Yu reports on how the extravagant 30th-birthday blowout is the new wedding …

Liberté, ÉgalitéÉlectricité?

From France, Alexandra Marshall explains how the French are freaking out at the prospect of blackouts—but at least the chairlifts at the ski resorts are running …

Colleagues Actually

From London, Tobias Grey interviews the Nobel Prize–winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro about his hotly anticipated foray into screenwriting and working with Bill Nighy …

Teutonic Disorder

From Germany, Guy Walters explores why German aristocrats are always the ones plotting coups …

Mani of the Hour

From the nail salon, Laura Neilson uncovers the “Russian manicure” that has Zendaya, Kate Moss, and Hailey Bieber lining up—despite its health hazards …

Inspector Gadget

From the AIR MAIL test lab, our tech-and-gear expert, Jonathan Margolis, sees the future of hearing aids in augmented reality; plus, a wireless speaker that knocks Sonos off the shelf …

Table For Two, Please!

Introducing AIR MAIL’s new podcast, hosted by Bruce Bozzi—this week, Scarlett Johansson chats about Woody Allen, Bill Murray, and her trepidations about marrying a Staten Islander …

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Publicity maven Kaitlin Phillips’s holiday gift guide … Milan’s best new hotel is equal parts traditional and modern … Suzanne Vega’s deep cuts will make you bleed … the remarkable producer behind Brideshead Revisited … the most storied caviar temple in Paris returns … who topped our inaugural Attention-Whore Index …


Issue No. 179

The View from Here Prince Heinrich XIII is not a one-off. German aristocrats like nothing more than planning coups

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Freezing to Death? As an energy crisis looms, the French are melting down amid threats of rolling blackouts and school closures

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Our Attention-Whore Index Can professional victims HarMeg™ hang on to their No. 1 ranking? It’s up to them. But also up to you! Plus: news not to be missed

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A Study in Scarlett Learn the source of Scarlett Johansson’s dirty mind, how she ended up marrying someone from the outer boroughs, and much more, in our new podcast, Table for Two with Bruce Bozzi

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The Sussex Survivors’ Club The trauma. The truths. The tears. The second installment of Harry & Meghan goes full-blown reality TV

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My Favorite Things Rafael Prieto, the creative mind behind Casa Bosques’ artisanal chocolate bars, shares his everyday essentials, from the toothpaste he turns to post-sweets to the sleep supplement he swears by while traveling between his Tribeca and Mexico City ateliers

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Seeing Is Believing Augmented reality for a good cause! An e-reader that’s noteworthy! A wireless speaker that puts Sonos to shame! And more …

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Kaitlin Phillips’s Holiday Gift Guide Tableware, books, lingerie … the New York publicist solicits advice from the city’s artists, restaurateurs, designers, and writers on the best gifts to give this season

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Best
Wear La Garçonne The eminently practical British designer Margaret Howell understands that it’s not necessary to leave the house with an entire… Serve Emilia Wickstead Emilia Wickstead is the picture of elegance and style. She gets quite a bit of that from her mother, Angela Wickstead, who has long had… Host Darcy Miller “Can Darcy Miller really make each party, party after party, so different? So fun? So colorful? And so beloved by all attendees?,” Martha Stewart Smell Santa Maria Novella There are countless luxuries in life that may be deemed as superfluous when shopping for yourself, but don’t let that deter you from bestowing… Send Heather Evelyn London-based illustrator Heather Evelyn kicked off her career working as a housewares-and-accessories buyer for the online retailer… Apply Westman Atelier Leave it to Westman Atelier’s Gucci Westman—the makeup artist redefining “clean beauty” with her elevated complexion essentials… Wear La Garçonne The eminently practical British designer Margaret Howell understands that it’s not necessary to leave the house with an entire… Serve Emilia Wickstead Emilia Wickstead is the picture of elegance and style. She gets quite a bit of that from her mother, Angela Wickstead, who has long had… Host Darcy Miller “Can Darcy Miller really make each party, party after party, so different? So fun? So colorful? And so beloved by all attendees?,” Martha Stewart Smell Santa Maria Novella There are countless luxuries in life that may be deemed as superfluous when shopping for yourself, but don’t let that deter you from bestowing… Send Heather Evelyn London-based illustrator Heather Evelyn kicked off her career working as a housewares-and-accessories buyer for the online retailer… Apply Westman Atelier Leave it to Westman Atelier’s Gucci Westman—the makeup artist redefining “clean beauty” with her elevated complexion essentials…

An Artist of the Changing World In an interview, the Nobel Prize–winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro discusses his new screenplay, for Living, a British spin on a Japanese classic

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Life Imitates Bruce Wagner The true oral history of a fake oral history—and an audiobook that would make Pirandello proud

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Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving With millennials both richer and more single than the generations before them, the 30th-birthday blowout is quickly becoming the new wedding

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Small Talk

Introducing the “Russian Manicure” It’s the drilling-intensive new nail trend that TikTokers love … and dermatologists dread!

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Open Book

AIR MAIL’s Best Coffee-Table Books of 2022 Dazzling volumes on Black cinema, Pattie Boyd’s Swinging London, and Elsa Schiaparelli’s surreal designs, plus photography collections from Janette Beckman, Saul Leiter, and Gordon Parks, and a cookbook or two

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“Climb into my dream sack, or ye shall meet the wrath of Gloomgore. I am Gloomgore. Yee hee. Yee hee.”

Vicky Krieps The Phantom Thread actress stars as Empress Elisabeth “Sisi” of Austria, a role previously inhabited by Romy Schneider and that hints at Princess Diana’s struggles, in Corsage, out next week

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Prunier’s Triumphant Return Thanks to an overhaul by chef Yannick Alléno, one of the most storied caviar temples in Paris shines once again

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Where to Eat in Paris This Winter Plus, what you need to know about the new AIR MAIL podcast

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Semifreddo alla Gianduia Impress your dinner-party guests this holiday season with Via Carota’s chocolate-hazelnut semifreddo

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Don’t Miss

Suzanne Vega Is Watching You The singer-songwriter performs her folk-pop hits at City Winery in Greenwich Village

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Books

How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for Our Future

by Maria Ressa
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The Earl and the Pharaoh: From the Real Downton Abbey to the Discovery of Tutankhamun

by the Countess of Carnarvon
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Small Talk
“I’m the genie of plumbing. You still get three wishes, but they have to stay within the parameters of plumbing.”

Derek Granger Remembering the former Royal Navy officer who forged a singular career as a TV producer behind the Emmy-winning Brideshead Revisited and other hits

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Portrait Mode Milan’s best new hotel, Portrait, comes courtesy of the Ferragamo family and brings equal doses of history, tradition, glamour, and edge

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Issue No. 179
December 17, 2022
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Issue No. 179
December 17, 2022