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Issue No. 139

The View from Here Want a foolproof way to oust Putin and end the war? Take the plot from a famous mystery writer

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The Oligarchs I

Olicards—Collect ’Em All! Trading cards of all your favorite oligarchs, so you can tell who’s who, whose boat is whose, and who has the most to lose!


Russia’s New Abnormal Daily life in the capital has become a form of playacting. But for some, at least, the illusion is becoming impossible to sustain

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Moisturize The Seated Queen You could be forgiven for hearing the words “cold cream” and picturing your grandmother’s vanity. But this Wiltshire, United Kingdom–based Download Detox Me A few weeks ago, an Instagram account I follow posted a graphic urging people to stop using shampoo and conditioner Listen Film Forum Presents Since 1970, Film Forum has offered excellent film programming in the West Village. Since 2019, they’ve offered well-curated… Wear Jacquemus Breaking news: New York City experienced 70-degree weather this week. It served as a siren song for the city’s most stylish… Visit United Palace Manhattan’s most beautiful theater is not in Times Square, as you might have thought. It’s farther uptown, in Washington Heights Apply Dr. Barbara Sturm Have you pampered your scalp lately? Consider taking up the habit, because a little attention goes a very long way… Moisturize The Seated Queen You could be forgiven for hearing the words “cold cream” and picturing your grandmother’s vanity. But this Wiltshire, United Kingdom–based Download Detox Me A few weeks ago, an Instagram account I follow posted a graphic urging people to stop using shampoo and conditioner Listen Film Forum Presents Since 1970, Film Forum has offered excellent film programming in the West Village. Since 2019, they’ve offered well-curated… Wear Jacquemus Breaking news: New York City experienced 70-degree weather this week. It served as a siren song for the city’s most stylish… Visit United Palace Manhattan’s most beautiful theater is not in Times Square, as you might have thought. It’s farther uptown, in Washington Heights Apply Dr. Barbara Sturm Have you pampered your scalp lately? Consider taking up the habit, because a little attention goes a very long way…
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Guest Edit

My Favorite Things As a fashion editor and now the creator of the online marketplace Old Stone Trade, Melissa Ventosa Martin gravitates toward the kind of special, one-of-a-kind pieces that will be treasured for generations. And her latest finds have plenty of heirloom potential

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Free Markets vs. Feudal Lords Has Putin underestimated the price of war?

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“Today’s my last day. They’re replacing me with a TV that’s stuck on a 24-hour news channel.”

And You Thought Madonna’s English Accent Was Bad Who was the tweedy, mysterious “Englishman” who spoke like a Downton Abbey extra? And how did the ink give him away?

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The Making of Caitlyn A former Vanity Fair editor tells how one of the biggest magazine stories ever—on Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn—came to be

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Who’s That Girl? After a short-lived romance, Kanye West immediately moved on from Julia Fox. We can’t say the same for our writer

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Landing Gear A smart-looking smartwatch; the razor giving new life to a stalwart of the shaving industry; headphones that make listening to music feel like a vice; and more

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Oscar Season Mad, sad, and legendarily bad, Oscar Levant was the showbiz answer to Oscar Wilde. After being forgotten for decades, is Hollywood’s greatest wit ready for his comeback?

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“I’m gonna stand up to the government the only way I know how … screaming at a 16-year-old earning minimum wage!”

A One-Man C.I.A. If there is a war-crimes trial for Putin, the intrepid work of this 43-year-old Internet sleuth will be key

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A Legend in the Making An interview with the Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo about his timeless, timely new opera Book of Mountains & Seas

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Climate Change 10 chilling predictions about global warming

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The Greatest Showman With a combined box office of $27 billion from his films, 73-year-old Samuel L. Jackson is the highest-grossing actor of all time—and maybe the most outspoken

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“All the butter was gone. There was no way out. The puff pastry had to be made with margarine … from a tub.”

Christophe Pourny The French furniture restorer who’s bringing vintage classics—along with hand-mixed furniture tonics and the perfect charentaise slipper—to Brooklyn

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Air Mail Jr.
“Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time, which is one-and-a-half hours before the doctor will actually see you.”

Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War

by Deborah Cohen
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In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

by Elena Ferrante,
translated by Ann Goldstein
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Trading Places The little-known story of Otto Skorzeny, the Führer’s favorite commando leader turned Israeli spy

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A New Russian Dissident Speaks Up Why some Russians are choosing to stay and protest, rather than flee

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Panic Stations

Songs for the faint of heart, from Helen Reddy, Floyd Cramer, Bo Diddley, and more

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Democracy vs. autocracy.
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Graydon Carter and Alessandra Stanley

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Ashley Baker Chris Garrett Michael Hainey Nathan King Julia Vitale

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Lili Anolik Joseph Bullmore Vassi Chamberlain William D. Cohan Rich Cohen Stuart Heritage George Kalogerakis Sam Kashner James Kirchick Alexander Lobrano Alexandra Marshall

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Randall Poster

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Designer

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Technology

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Alex Dickerson

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Georgia Karakostas

Financial & Business Operations

Marc Leyer

Chief Strategy Adviser

Adam Mendelsohn

In Memoriam

Richard David Story Peter Bogdanovich André Leon Talley

Issue No. 139
March 12, 2022
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Issue No. 139
March 12, 2022