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The View from Here Ukraine is attacked and Trumpists swoon over Vlad the Invader. With global and U.S. democracy in peril, the G.O.P. is M.I.A.

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From Russia with Blood A reporter gets caught in the crossfire as Ukrainian soldiers battle Putin’s invaders

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Always Be Suspicious of the “Cool Mom” A sex scandal involving teens and a mother engulfs upscale Greenwich, Connecticut

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Break It Like Beckham If you want to learn how to run a fashion business that loses $62 million or to make a $100,000 fish-and-chips sandwich, you’ve come to the right place …

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Brangelina for Gen Z? Yup, Tom Holland and Zendaya have more than 189 million Instagram followers, and their films made upward of $2.4 billion last year

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Landing Gear A new old way to see, and photograph, the world; the speakers giving Meta a good name; the device that senses when there’s trouble in the air; and more

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Wear Tom Ford Occasionally—very occasionally—a shirt-pant combination comes along that truly inspires us. Tom Ford is usually the source… Wear Roksanda A bowl of sherbet is the sort of thing we like to see in a dress for spring. As warmer weather finally tiptoes toward New York City, our closets… Stay Shou Sugi Ban House In Water Mill, off Montauk Highway, a former corporate lawyer and her longtime friend started a small Japanese spa… Cate Le Bon - Pompeii Album Listen Pompeii On the Welsh musician Cate Le Bon’s sixth album, Pompeii, the mood is opulent. Think: French boys, pearls, sensual guitar solos… Drink Basbas As an adventurous drinker, I’m always open to trying new things. Basbas, a type of hierbas—a liqueur made of herbs native to the Balearic Busting (1974) Directed by Peter HyamsShown from left: Elliott Gould, Robert Blake Re-watch Busting Recently issued on Blu-ray, Busting (1974) is a criminally under-seen proto-buddy-cop movie that served as the main inspiration for ABC’s Wear Tom Ford Occasionally—very occasionally—a shirt-pant combination comes along that truly inspires us. Tom Ford is usually the source… Wear Roksanda A bowl of sherbet is the sort of thing we like to see in a dress for spring. As warmer weather finally tiptoes toward New York City, our closets… Stay Shou Sugi Ban House In Water Mill, off Montauk Highway, a former corporate lawyer and her longtime friend started a small Japanese spa… Cate Le Bon - Pompeii Album Listen Pompeii On the Welsh musician Cate Le Bon’s sixth album, Pompeii, the mood is opulent. Think: French boys, pearls, sensual guitar solos… Drink Basbas As an adventurous drinker, I’m always open to trying new things. Basbas, a type of hierbas—a liqueur made of herbs native to the Balearic Busting (1974) Directed by Peter HyamsShown from left: Elliott Gould, Robert Blake Re-watch Busting Recently issued on Blu-ray, Busting (1974) is a criminally under-seen proto-buddy-cop movie that served as the main inspiration for ABC’s
“All of our wines are, like, totally chuggable.”
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My Favorite Things Whether he’s checking out new hotels, brands, or spirits, consultant and columnist Zachary Weiss is always in motion. Here, he shares the travel-friendly essentials that he just can’t quite manage to live without

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Medieval Chivalry for the Modern World Director Joe Wright’s new anti-musical musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac has shades of his own off-screen love triangle

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The Social Network A new book takes readers inside the dynamic social lives of animals, from army ants to orcas to chimpanzees

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Will Prince Andrew Lose His Right to Roam Freely? And other strange news about these curious days …

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Isabel May Ahead of Sunday’s 1883 finale, the Hollywood starlet looks onward

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Olympiad (Javelin Thrower), painted by the Swedish modernist artist Gösta Adrian-Nilsson in 1924.

Grace Period

Scandinavia sat out the First World War. While the rest of Europe tore itself apart, a style of design filled with hope and optimism was quickening in Sweden. When the war ended, in 1918, the Nordic countries emerged from their cocooned neutrality, and Sweden re-engaged the world with a fully formed new movement in art and design. The new style won global attention at a series of international expositions, culminating in Paris at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. And then, in 1930, the Swedes left it all behind. The movement they abandoned has been called “the Forgotten Modern,” but on the eve of its demise it was christened “Swedish Grace.” Celebrating the era—and the style—Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum has just opened the exhibition “Swedish Grace: Art and Design in 1920s Sweden.” READ ON

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The Face (and Maybe the Brains) of Wall Street Peter Tuchman has spent 35 years on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange—but doesn’t own one share of stock

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David Lynch Comes to Greenwich, Connecticut A very twisted sex scandal, the invasion of Ukraine, and more in this week’s podcast

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“Have we heard anything from the throne-repair people yet?”

Saving Sambuca Three years ago, a hilltop town in Sicily auctioned off abandoned houses starting at one euro. How’s it going?

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W Is for “Women” A new book of essays and photos traces the fashion, life, and inspirations of Yves Saint Laurent from A to Z. Amy Fine Collins zeroes in on his muses

“He failed at hunting, and gathering was beneath him.”

Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman

by Hannah Arendt
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I Was Better Last Night: A Memoir

by Harvey Fierstein
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The Year That Changed Everything The turn of the century saw a “stop the steal” election followed by a devastating terrorist attack. America was never the same

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“I make a damned fine flat-white coffee.”
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Elizabeth Taylor was the woman who had everything and dared to ask for more. She began working in films at the age of nine, eventually becoming the highest-paid actress in the world and the first ever to earn $1 million, for her performance in the title role of 1963’s Cleopatra. Her megawatt career had begun to dim by the 1980s, but her star power never did: Taylor was one of the first Hollywood figures to publicly support AIDS activism, raising hundreds of millions of dollars for the cause. (And let’s not even talk about her eight marriages!) “I’m Mother Courage, baby,” Taylor once said. “I’ve been through it all.” And then some. It would have been her 90th birthday on February 27.
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Issue No. 137
February 26, 2022
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Issue No. 137
February 26, 2022