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The View from Here Fifty years on, Nick Ut’s Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph, “Napalm Girl,” still has the power to shock. But can a picture change the world?

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The American Who Saved Paris How a former J. C. Penney employee from Minnesota kept Charles de Gaulle from being toppled in a 1961 coup

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The Coaster Correspondence 2.0 Ned Coaster, brother of Ed, gives AIR MAIL’s editors some invaluable advice

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A Bitter Pill to Swallow A severe case of birth-control fatigue has many young women foregoing traditional methods for alternative, often higher-risk options

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My Favorite Things Maneesh Goyal oversaw the opening of New York’s highly rated Sona restaurant, followed by the relaunch of Temple Bar, a beloved watering hole for the city’s brightest lights. Herewith, on the eve of releasing a new tabletop line, he reveals his high and low must-haves

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Swim Left on Friday We caught word of Left on Friday from several seasoned members of the Amagansett surf scene. (These women generally know what… Shop The Grey Pearl On University Place, in Greenwich Village, just a short walk from Air Mail HQ, former jewelry executive Nicole Ehrbar Sparkle Fewer Finer For me, the start of summer usually brings hours of tediously crafting friendship bracelets. Even if the days of sleepaway camp… Park SpotHero Driving is among the most stressful activities one can do in Manhattan. Toward the top of the long list of reasons why:… Eat Softside In 2019, Upside Pizza started serving elevated New York slices in Midtown—fresh mozzarella, homemade sausage, and house-pickled peppers… Bret Easton Ellis Listen Bret Easton Ellis Podcast Starting September 6, 2020, every two weeks for one year Bret Easton Ellis serialized a chapter of his “memoir,”… Swim Left on Friday We caught word of Left on Friday from several seasoned members of the Amagansett surf scene. (These women generally know what… Shop The Grey Pearl On University Place, in Greenwich Village, just a short walk from Air Mail HQ, former jewelry executive Nicole Ehrbar Sparkle Fewer Finer For me, the start of summer usually brings hours of tediously crafting friendship bracelets. Even if the days of sleepaway camp… Park SpotHero Driving is among the most stressful activities one can do in Manhattan. Toward the top of the long list of reasons why:… Eat Softside In 2019, Upside Pizza started serving elevated New York slices in Midtown—fresh mozzarella, homemade sausage, and house-pickled peppers… Bret Easton Ellis Listen Bret Easton Ellis Podcast Starting September 6, 2020, every two weeks for one year Bret Easton Ellis serialized a chapter of his “memoir,”…

Political Clout After a nine-year hiatus, the prescient Danish drama Borgen and its lead character, Birgitte Nyborg, have a lot to say

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“Then it’s settled—our strategy is to hope for better things.”

Landing Gear The fountain of youth in laser-pen format; a discreet camera challenging smartphone photography’s dominance; robotic pets finally worth the hype; and more

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A Cold War Spy Caper Moviemaker Whit Stillman on the story behind his story. Plus, Errol Morris stops by

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The American sculptor Ruth Asawa with her work, 1954.

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Encountering an installation of Ruth Asawa’s abstract sculptures is like entering an enchanted garden where nature, industry, art, and craft have fantastically merged. Suspended from the ceiling, made of metal wire looped and tied into a sinuous mesh, the works consist of interlocking, often nested spheres, lobes, bubbles, and teardrops. The drooping, biomorphic structures suggest translucent embryos and wombs, iridescent sea creatures, hanging tiered baskets, seedpods, spiderwebs, and onion domes. Delicate and ebullient, they cast ethereal reflections and shadows, but they are also sometimes ominously large, their knitted skins resembling chain mail. READ ON

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Mariuka Corsini The 27-year-old has become a Gen Z favorite with her 90s-inspired designs made of vintage garments

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High Class in Western Mass. A new boutique in the Berkshires has quickly become a style destination

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From Les Halles to La Brasserie The New York City bistro once popularized by Anthony Bourdain has a dynamic new owner in cookware magnate Francis Staub

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What Women Want In an interview with Three Women’s Lisa Taddeo, the author discusses grief, vengeance, her new story collection, and, of course, women

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“The more I read about these cats, the less I care for them.”

Sloane Crosley The writer on what she’s seeing, reading, watching, and listening to—plus, the gadget she relies on

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Paradise Found Grandi Giardini Italiani, which works to protect and manage Italy’s best gardens, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a heavenly new book


I’ll Be There: My Life with the Four Tops

by Duke Fakir
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Broken Icarus: The 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, the Golden Age of Aviation, and the Rise of Fascism

by David Hanna
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The Spy Who Came In from the Cold A retired C.I.A. officer gets back into the game to solve a perplexing case

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The Shot Heard Round Russia The little-known story of how Catherine the Great conquered her fear of doctors to inoculate herself and her country against smallpox

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Flight Songs

If you can’t get enough of our winged friends’ melodious music, you just might love these tunes that pay tribute to them, from Jimi Hendrix, Regina Spektor, Townes Van Zandt, and more

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A welcome summer sight: trees bursting with leaves and other small companions.
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In Memoriam

Richard David Story Peter Bogdanovich André Leon Talley

Issue No. 151
June 4, 2022
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Issue No. 151
June 4, 2022