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Model Behavior

From the catwalk, Michael Gross tells how Kate Moss went from bad-girl supermodel to the head of her own talent agency, with a roll call of superstar spawn that includes Keith Richards’s granddaughter …

Parental Misguidance

From the courtroom, David Kaufman reports on the claims that former N.B.A. star Dwyane Wade is pressuring his trans daughter to undergo gender-affirming surgery to increase her corporate endorsements …

Eating Their Words

From New York, a restaurant maître d’ serves up the tricks he used to sweeten the city’s toughest critics …

More War than Peace

From the director’s chair, Errol Morris untangles Fred Wiseman’s new film about the thorny marriage of Sofia and Leo Tolstoy, including her reaction to his novella about a wife killer …

Inspector Gadget

From the AIR MAIL test lab, our tech-and-gear expert, Jonathan Margolis, basks in the sumptuous sounds of a $500,000 hi-fi setup—and reveals the cheaper, better alternative to Apple’s AirPods …

Decryption Device

From the crypto world, Nicholas Clairmont details how a hobbyist with a Substack sounded the alarm on Sam Bankman-Fried and the FTX blowup that’s drawing comparisons to Enron …

But, Wait, There’s More!

Emmanuel Macron’s alma mater is a hothouse of rape and incest … John le Carré’s larkish and loving letters … the seamy side of Sesame Street … Jan Morris, the “Flaubert of the jet age” … the glamorous art detective tracking Nazi-stolen works … the perfect baby gift is absolutely free … Marie Kondo gives up! …


Issue No. 177

The View from Here Why a legal fight over Dwyane Wade’s trans daughter could have Roe v. Wade–size repercussions

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The Amateur’s Hour With reporters and regulators in thrall to FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried, it took a hobbyist newsletter writer to notice the “crypto emperor” had no clothes

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Business Model How Kate Moss turned the attention from her decades of scandals—and the kids of the friends who shared them—into a successful talent agency

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Money Can’t Buy the Perfect Baby Gift Your parent friends will thank you later

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My Favorite Things Michael Bargo, the interior designer sought out by New York’s most discerning aesthetes, shares the pieces with which he’d never part, from a mother-of-pearl caviar set to Art Deco–inspired champagne tumblers

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Cloudy Days Sex, drugs, and sing-alongs: an oral history reveals the shady side of Sesame Street

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Mobile, Agile, and Worthwhile The best-designed wireless earbuds! Speakers that cost more than most houses! A phone that will make you long for the old days! And more …

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“When you tell your father how you’re dropping out of college to be a Renaissance Faire entertainer, the least you could do is break character.”
After Hours

A Night Celebrating Jim McMullan Louise Grunwald, Ed Sorel, and André Bishop gathered at the Waverly Inn to celebrate the illustrator’s new book

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“Peanuts! Working for peanuts and without proper benefits here!”

Immoral Campus France’s best-known university, responsible for educating countless world leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, is a hotbed of sexism, misogyny, drink spiking, and all-around scandal

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A Man of Parts John le Carré was always obsessed with controlling his narrative. Following the publication of a tell-all by one of his mistresses, the spy novelist is once again seeking to set the record straight—this time, from the grave

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Best
 Read Study: Volume Two Christopher Niquet launched Study, a magazine that devotes entire issues to one subject, in July. The first one focused on photography… Smell Ffern Owen Mears and Emily Cameron grew up in the English countryside, where they took for granted the mood-elevating scents provided… Set Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren’s love of watches from the 1920s and 1930s has been well documented. Just in time for the gift-giving season… Sleep Sea Me I was a latecomer to the surprising softness and extremely unsexy-sounding thermoregulating benefits of linen bedding, but now… Listen Philosophy Bites The podcast Philosophy Bites will bring you back to your college lecture hall, but in the best possible way. (There will be no essays… Watch Evanston Salt Costs Climbing In the theater world, playwright Will Arbery has been a name to watch for some time now. It’s not just…  Read Study: Volume Two Christopher Niquet launched Study, a magazine that devotes entire issues to one subject, in July. The first one focused on photography… Smell Ffern Owen Mears and Emily Cameron grew up in the English countryside, where they took for granted the mood-elevating scents provided… Set Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren’s love of watches from the 1920s and 1930s has been well documented. Just in time for the gift-giving season… Sleep Sea Me I was a latecomer to the surprising softness and extremely unsexy-sounding thermoregulating benefits of linen bedding, but now… Listen Philosophy Bites The podcast Philosophy Bites will bring you back to your college lecture hall, but in the best possible way. (There will be no essays… Watch Evanston Salt Costs Climbing In the theater world, playwright Will Arbery has been a name to watch for some time now. It’s not just…

It’s Complicated A new film re-examines Tolstoy’s marriage—a subject that has inspired more than a century of commentary, from dueling novellas to literary mock trials

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Le Coucou Confidential From a New York City maître d’, an inside look into what critics mean for restaurants—and how owners steel themselves for the dreaded reviews

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The Week in Review Marie Kondo’s a mess, the French have lost their sex drive, and more …

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Anna Bottinelli The president of the Monuments Men and Women Foundation hunts down invaluable works of art that went missing during World War II

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Spies and Models! In this week’s podcast, Pico Iyer discusses John le Carré, and Michael Gross reports on Kate Moss

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From 1961, Barbara Hepworth with her sculpture Figure (Archaean) in her home garden, in St. Ives, Cornwall.

Barbara Hepworth’s Natural Habitat

Imagine seeing Claude Monet’s water-lily paintings not in the Musée de l’Orangerie but at his home at Giverny, in Normandy, where they were painted and whose lush grounds and elaborate landscaping form their subject. You would not only see—indeed, inhabit—the views that had inspired him, but by toggling between the artwork and its source in nature you would more deeply understand the workings of the creative imagination. An aesthetic experience of that order is now available at Tate St. Ives, in Cornwall, England, which has just opened “Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life,” on view through May 1, 2023. READ ON

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Animal Instinct A new film by the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski offers a prescient look at mankind today, through the eyes of a sympathetic, non-human protagonist

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Let Them Eat Pudding! Until recently, only the friends and family of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire could experience their Yorkshire estate. Now just about anyone can come

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Issue No. 177
December 3, 2022
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Issue No. 177
December 3, 2022