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Issue No. 135

The View from Here A cheerleader’s call to President Biden: How about less pomp and more pom-poms?

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“Not a Complete Clown” The parties, Wallpapergate, the police investigation, the apology to the Queen—Boris Johnson tries to hold it all together

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Bezos in Love Is Lauren Sanchez a modern-day Marion Davies?

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Keep Your Frenchies Close In the wake of Lady Gaga’s French-bulldog kidnapping and several other pup snatchings, L.A.’s Frenchie owners fear their dogs will be next

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Heart Burns Valentine candies with a message 4 U

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“Is this worse? Or is this worse?”
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My Favorite Things Marie-Chantal’s eponymous children’s-fashion collection is all about beautifully made classics, with just a hint of a twist. To fill her own closet, the author and designer seeks out versatile pieces with plenty of panache

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The Chic Seats Fashion’s new power structure is duking it out in the front row

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“Nice to see him getting landmark status.”

Not All Is What It Seems to Be in Gwyneth’s Home And other strange news about these curious days …

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War of the Rosewood How a Chinese status symbol became an environmental emergency

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Take Me to Dimes Square A young playwright reveals how the pandemic led him to find himself—and his latest play—in the Chinatown stomping ground of New York’s downtown set

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Landing Gear An electrified spoon to supercharge, not fry, your taste buds; an e-reader update worth writing home about; a window of opportunity for the videoconferencing elite; and more

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Renate Reinsve The actress stars in Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, Norway’s Oscar submission, which just earned a place on the Best International Feature Film short list

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It’s BoJo the Clown! Can Boris Johnson survive Partygate? And speaking of scandal: Who is stealing L.A.’s French bulldogs?

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“Hey—make sure the mask covers his nose.”

Légion d’Bonheur Say no to golf and shuffleboard—retire at a 17th-century château in Provence the way French Foreign Legionnaires do

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Are Those Socks Bukowski? Celebrated authors don’t have to “go Hollywood” to sell out—they just have to die

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Into the Wild

In an alternate universe, Beatrix Potter was a pioneering mycologist, not the author-illustrator of some of the world’s most beloved and enduring children’s books. Had it not been for the sexism of Britain’s late-19th-century scientific establishment, the aspiring naturalist would have found a place in science for her research on the mechanics of fungi reproduction. But when Potter, then 31, submitted a paper on the subject in 1897 to a leading (and all-male) scientific society, she wasn’t allowed to present it. The silver lining of this injustice: it led to The Tale of Peter Rabbit, an instant success when it hit bookstores in 1902. Mycology’s loss, childhood’s gain. READ ON

An illustration of Peter Rabbit from Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, 1904.

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A Feast for the Senses At home in the Cotswolds with Nicky Haslam

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From the Archives

Gridiron Giants Ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl, a look back through the archives of America’s favorite sport


White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White and America’s Darkest Secret

by A. J. Baime
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The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty

by Neal Thompson
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“Tell us where the bodies are buried and then we’ll discuss a Netflix special.”

Switching Geres The author of a new book about China and Hollywood reveals how Richard Gere went from A-list to blacklist

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Store Halcyon Days x Tug Rice The illustrator Tug Rice has never taken a professional art class. He thought he wanted to be… Subscribe GJournals Fran Camaj opened Gjelina, on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach, nearly 15 years ago. In 2011 he opened a to-go outpost… Wear Mati Ventrillon If you are excessively invested in the second season of All Creatures Great and Small, the PBS show about British veterinarians in the 1930s, Christie’s employees pose in front of a painting entitled Salvator Mundi by Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci at a photocall at Christie’s auction house in central London on October 22, 2017 ahead of its sale at Christie’s New York on November 15, 2017.Salvator Mundi, one of fewer than 20 known paintings by da Vinci, and the only one in private hands, will be offered for sale in Christie’s Post-War And Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York and is estimated to realise in the region of 100 million USD (85 million euro; 76 million GBP). Watch The Lost Leonardo How this documentary, released in the summer of 2021, failed to be nominated for the Academy Awards’ best documentary feature… Read Inque The new annual magazine Inque is formidable, both in terms of the contributors and in terms of sheer heft. Its trim size… Stomp Pierre Hardy This is a boring old loafer. And that’s a good thing. In a world of overcomplicated styles—platform heels, lug soles, unnecessary… Store Halcyon Days x Tug Rice The illustrator Tug Rice has never taken a professional art class. He thought he wanted to be… Subscribe GJournals Fran Camaj opened Gjelina, on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach, nearly 15 years ago. In 2011 he opened a to-go outpost… Wear Mati Ventrillon If you are excessively invested in the second season of All Creatures Great and Small, the PBS show about British veterinarians in the 1930s, Christie’s employees pose in front of a painting entitled Salvator Mundi by Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci at a photocall at Christie’s auction house in central London on October 22, 2017 ahead of its sale at Christie’s New York on November 15, 2017.Salvator Mundi, one of fewer than 20 known paintings by da Vinci, and the only one in private hands, will be offered for sale in Christie’s Post-War And Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York and is estimated to realise in the region of 100 million USD (85 million euro; 76 million GBP). Watch The Lost Leonardo How this documentary, released in the summer of 2021, failed to be nominated for the Academy Awards’ best documentary feature… Read Inque The new annual magazine Inque is formidable, both in terms of the contributors and in terms of sheer heft. Its trim size… Stomp Pierre Hardy This is a boring old loafer. And that’s a good thing. In a world of overcomplicated styles—platform heels, lug soles, unnecessary…

A Publisher and a Gentleman Jason Epstein, a co-founder of The New York Review of Books, always seemed to know everything—and be everywhere

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Stepping Back in Time Heading to Florida? Skip the hotel and check into these midcentury masterpieces

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What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Take the bitter with the sweet this Valentine’s Day with these tracks by Earl King, Ike & Tina Turner, Esther Phillips, Fats Domino, and more

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A school board in Tennessee recently voted to remove Art Spiegelman’s Maus from an eighth-grade language-arts curriculum, due to worries about “unnecessary” profanity and a single image of a nude female. The Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novel tells the story of Spiegelman’s father, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust. The above portrait depicts Art in the mid-70s, around the time I had him as an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, in New York. Art was, and continues to be, passionate about the potential of comics.
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Issue No. 135
February 12, 2022
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Issue No. 135
February 12, 2022