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Issue No. 140

The View from Here Veteran war photographers surge into Ukraine to capture the devastation in what could be their last hurrah

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Fall of the Roman Empire Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire, is effectively on the run with few options remaining

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Dial M for Murdaugh A fatal boat crash, at least 74 criminal charges, a series of suspicious deaths, and the embezzlement of millions have been linked to one prominent South Carolina family

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My Din-Din with Gaga

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A First Lady on the Front Line Alongside her husband, Volodymyr, Olena Zelenska is a key voice in Ukraine, as the couple rally international support and highlight the atrocities of the Russian invasion

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“Plagues are old-school—we’re going to hit you with sanctions.”
The Oligarchs II

Olicards! More 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!


Hockney Hour “I don’t know why they’re going on about me smoking. I mean I’m 84 now”: an afternoon in Normandy with David Hockney

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The Miami Beach Way Remembering the historic Deauville Hotel, a favorite of the Beatles, the Rat Pack, and J.F.K., now headed the way of other Miami greats: demolition

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My Favorite Things Joey Silvestera, founder of the Blackstones Collective, is the go-to purveyor of haircuts for downtown New York’s high-performing, low-maintenance style setters. Here, he shares his favorite finds of the moment

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When Is a Jeff Koons Fake Not a Fake? And other strange news about these curious days …

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Carry Balenciaga It’s Demna Gvasalia’s fault. The recent Balenciaga fall ’22 runway show was partly the reflection of Gvasalia… Read What I Was Afraid Of Eric Hanson is probably best known for his pen-and-ink drawings, many of which can be found right here in Air Mail. But did you know… Listen Sent Away In the past seven years, more than 20,000 troubled teens have been sent to Utah to receive care at one of the state’s licensed facilities… Drink Nuthatch I haven’t had a glass of milk—be it from a cow, an almond, a seed, or an oat—since kindergarten. But the homemade nut and oat milks from… Wear SZ Blockprints Too often we’re guilty of playing the separates game—buying either the pants, top, or sweater from a set. Usually, it’s without even… Sparkle Completedworks Before launching the jewelry brand Completedworks, in 2013, Anna Jewsbury studied math and philosophy at Oxford Carry Balenciaga It’s Demna Gvasalia’s fault. The recent Balenciaga fall ’22 runway show was partly the reflection of Gvasalia… Read What I Was Afraid Of Eric Hanson is probably best known for his pen-and-ink drawings, many of which can be found right here in Air Mail. But did you know… Listen Sent Away In the past seven years, more than 20,000 troubled teens have been sent to Utah to receive care at one of the state’s licensed facilities… Drink Nuthatch I haven’t had a glass of milk—be it from a cow, an almond, a seed, or an oat—since kindergarten. But the homemade nut and oat milks from… Wear SZ Blockprints Too often we’re guilty of playing the separates game—buying either the pants, top, or sweater from a set. Usually, it’s without even… Sparkle Completedworks Before launching the jewelry brand Completedworks, in 2013, Anna Jewsbury studied math and philosophy at Oxford

The Donatello Enigma

The 15th-century Florentine sculptor Donatello is the most out of focus of famous artists. The more we learn about him, it seems, the less clear we are about who he was and why he mattered—even if everyone agrees that he mattered very much. Today, a massive exhibition devoted to Donatello, the first in 40 years, opens in Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi. The renowned specialist Francesco Caglioti has brought together 130 works from the artist’s 50-year career as well as from some of his emulators, aiming to give us not only a comprehensive view but something closer to a unified vision of Donatello and his importance for the art that followed him. READ ON

Donatello’s David, circa 1435–40, is the centerpiece of a new show at the Palazzo Strozzi, in Florence.

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“Promise me that you’ll donate my body to banana bread.”

A “Band of Brothers” Re-unites for Ukraine Behind the story of the photojournalism greats who came out of retirement to take on Putin

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The Robin Hood of Art How did a British taxi driver abscond with a Goya masterpiece through a National Gallery toilet window? A new film starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent has the answer

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I was inspired by the viral video of Vera Lytochenko playing the violin in a basement in Kharkiv, which was being bombed by Russian forces. No matter what falls from the sky, the Ukrainian spirit rises from the rubble.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. The historian and literary critic on what he’s seeing, reading, watching, and listening to—plus the gadget he can’t live without

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“It’s O.K.! Shark attacks like this are incredibly rare.”

Nicolas Lefebvre The mysterious Frenchman making art out of his collector’s items—and keeping mum on his relationship with Monica Bellucci

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Gasoline Allez! In Paris, the once humble service station becomes a stomping ground for the cool crowd

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The Id of Ali G In an exclusive excerpt from his forthcoming book, Judd Apatow talks with Sacha Baron Cohen about the origins of Borat, Ali G, and his other creations

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Open Book

Libraries of Dreams A new volume compiles photographs of the world’s oldest and most groundbreaking book collections


Holy Gotham! Two urban warriors on opposite sides of the criminal-justice debate join forces to create Vital City

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The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler

by Kathryn S. Olmsted
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Butler to the World: How Britain Helps the World’s Worst People Launder Money, Commit Crimes, and Get Away with Anything

by Oliver Bullough
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This Old Thing? In Palm Beach, the retro beach cabana is now the height of fashion

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Once and for All

Some acts get lucky, and some don’t. We’ve collected the songs for those who lie somewhere in between: the one-hit wonders

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Recently I revisited the ancient myth of Pandora. What’s not remembered very often is that she managed to preserve hope for humanity even after catastrophic flurries of darkness and despair had escaped into the world. In tribute to Pandora’s spirit, and as part of Women’s History Month, I chose to focus on her transformative attributes rather than on her tarnished reputation, shaped over time by a patriarchal culture. I picture Pandora finding her way to this enchanted meadow: a place of restoration and magic possibility, health, happiness, peace, joy, and creativity for all.
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Issue No. 140
March 19, 2022
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Issue No. 140
March 19, 2022