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Issue No. 152

The View from Here Forget working from home. A new movement is spreading from China, of all places, about not working at all. Where do we sign up?

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Elon Musk 1.0 Two hundred billion dollars ago, back before Tesla, X Æ A-12, SpaceX, and Twitter, he was the same, but different

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Charlie Rose Tries to Bloom A #MeToo culprit, he’s trying to return to polite society, posting new interviews with Warren Buffett and others, and looking to sell his backlog of shows

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Kazakhstan or Bust! For the Putin set, European holidays are verboten. But work-arounds abound …

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My Favorite Things When J.J. Martin, the founder of lifestyle brand La DoubleJ, moved from her native California to Milan more than 20 years ago, she brought with her both a sense of spirituality and a maximalist aesthetic. Herewith, the incurable optimist highlights her picks of the moment

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Lady Macboris Booed by crowds of onlookers at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, is Carrie Johnson the master puppeteer, or just a shallow social climber with expensive taste in wallpaper?

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The Clown Prince Post-Jubilee, Harry reports back to Netflix*

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The Spy Who Came In from the Boudoir A new biography of John le Carré reveals a private life rich in shenanigans, including a long-standing mistress

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Eye of the Beholder Eat, Pray, Love? More like Fast, Hike, Lament. When a celebrated Malibu retreat opens a new location outside of Rome, our brave wellness guru can’t help but lace up her boots and try out this contrarian way of European life

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“Jake, please hold my calls and fetch my Cheetos gloves.”

Are Artists Brexiting London? And other strange news about these curious days …

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Sweat Oona Series During the pandemic, former professional dancer Catie Miller and osteopath Boniface Verney-Carron created Oona Series, Watch Lost Illusions The opening of Lost Illusions, with two gorgeous movie stars in frilly costumes making love in the French countryside, screams period romance. But it’s actually… Browse Homicide Photographer Theo Wenner’s first book, Jane, documented a year of his 70-year-old mother’s life in Amagansett. His second book, Homicide Dine Holywater If anyone knows what a blast a boat-based restaurant is, it’s Alex and Miles Pincus. For the past few summers, Grand Banks, which is on a ship… Wear Lee Mathews x Hampden Clothing It’s been 15 years since fashion fanatic Stacy Smallwood opened Hampden Clothing on a charming stretch of King Street in Charleston Wear LaneFortyfive A good blouse at a good price should not be hard to find, and yet it is. That’s why we paid special attention when we found this top… Sweat Oona Series During the pandemic, former professional dancer Catie Miller and osteopath Boniface Verney-Carron created Oona Series, Watch Lost Illusions The opening of Lost Illusions, with two gorgeous movie stars in frilly costumes making love in the French countryside, screams period romance. But it’s actually… Browse Homicide Photographer Theo Wenner’s first book, Jane, documented a year of his 70-year-old mother’s life in Amagansett. His second book, Homicide Dine Holywater If anyone knows what a blast a boat-based restaurant is, it’s Alex and Miles Pincus. For the past few summers, Grand Banks, which is on a ship… Wear Lee Mathews x Hampden Clothing It’s been 15 years since fashion fanatic Stacy Smallwood opened Hampden Clothing on a charming stretch of King Street in Charleston Wear LaneFortyfive A good blouse at a good price should not be hard to find, and yet it is. That’s why we paid special attention when we found this top…

Dante’s Suburbia Novelist Tom Perrotta, our poet laureate of high-school angst, revisits his best-known character in his latest book, Tracy Flick Can’t Win. Decades have gone by, he says, but Tracy’s small-town torments (and ours) still haven’t changed

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Sarah Raffetto A fourth-generation Raffetto, of New York’s famed downtown pasta empire, talks honoring tradition—and departing from it

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The Christie’s auction “Hubert de Givenchy: Collectionneur” will be held live in Paris next week.

A Collector’s Collector

In the mid-90s, I heard a rather mean-spirited French antiquaire state that Hubert de Givenchy was a better interior decorator than haute couturier. The occasion for this backhanded praise was the nearly synchronous retirement of “Le Grand Hubert” from fashion and the exhibition by Paris’s Kugel gallery of Givenchy’s spectacular 17th-century Boulle “Apollo” cabinet alongside the designer’s equally sensational collection of Renaissance Limoges enamels. These rare objects were of such phenomenal quality that the enamels were quickly snapped up by Pierre Bergé for his Rue Bonaparte apartment and the cabinet promptly dispatched to a notorious American financier for his Park Avenue triplex. READ ON


Alex Katz’s 12-foot-long Blue Umbrella #2, part of a new retrospective of the artist’s work on now in Madrid.

Beyond Face Value

In 1986, in The New York Times, the art critic John Russell offered a word of warning for visitors to the Alex Katz retrospective at the Whitney Museum. “The paintings look easy, the way Fred Astaire made dancing look easy and Cole Porter made words and music sound easy,” he wrote. “But don’t let’s be fooled.” The problem for many was—and still is—that the simplicity of Katz’s paintings belies their innovation. “Art that conceals art” is how Russell put it. READ ON

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Will This Be the Perfect Italian Summer? Mediterranean beaches unspoiled by oligarchs! (Well, almost … )

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Candid Camera Lawrence Osborne reveals the inspiration behind his novel The Forgiven, whose screen adaptation premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival next week

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“How do you know this stuff isn’t stolen from a raccoon?”
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20th-Century Picture Show A new coffee-table book collects some of the last century’s most enduring photographs, shot by Norman Parkinson, Sebastião Salgado, Weegee, and others


The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Cod Story, 1910–1960

by John Taylor Williams
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Prop Man: From John Wick to Silver Linings Playbook, from Boardwalk Empire to Parks and Recreation

by Ross MacDonald and Steven Heller
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Murder, They Wrote

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Crooked Teeth and Dodgy Leaders Though it came as a shock to many, Brexit was nothing more than the latest round in an argument as old as the British Isles themselves

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“Wait, how long have you had that?”

Another Jewel in Lake Como’s Crown The brand-new Passalacqua feels more like an intimate club than a hotel

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Issue No. 152
June 11, 2022
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Issue No. 152
June 11, 2022