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The View from Here A crisis of perception has led tourists to avoid Poland. Their loss …

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Barry Blitt’s Sketchbook

The Hard-Crusted Softy in Winter, Part II Ten years after Gore Vidal’s death, the one biographer to remain friendly with the prickly master reveals poignant details of his final years

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The Lost City of Z, Discovered at Last How modern technology uncovered the remains of a vast civilization hidden deep in the Amazon

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What a Glorious Feeling! Seventy years after Singin’ in the Rain splashed its way through theaters, it remains perhaps the greatest movie musical ever made

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My Favorite Things With the Wimbledon finals in full swing this weekend, our thoughts naturally turn courtside. Herewith, David Shaftel, editor and co-founder of Racquet, serves up his favorite tennis-centric items

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Eye of the Beholder The so-called secrets of female arousal needn’t be so elusive. Some nifty new supplements promise to deliver the highest of highs. But do they ultimately deliver? Our pleasure-seeking columnist investigates

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Heal Dr. Baoku Liu Though the Google Maps listing for Baoku Liu reads “Baoku Liu, MD,” the letters that hang behind the front desk of his office… Clean Branch Basics The irony that we clean our homes with products that are not themselves clean—i.e., are full of toxic chemicals—is often lost on us. Now “clean”… Listen Queen of the Con: The OC Savior The first season of the podcast Queen of the Con follows Mair Smyth, an Irish heiress battling her family… Wear The Hana Shirt Co. Blame it on The White Lotus. Mike White’s hit series on HBO Max has us thinking differently about a lot of things, including our summer… Apply The Ordinary While an $8 serum is something we can really get behind, it took us some time to familiarize ourselves with the Ordinary. This range… Write Fountain Pen Hospital In 1946, around the corner from Manhattan’s City Hall Park, Al Wiederlight and his son Phil opened a shop to revive dying pens… Heal Dr. Baoku Liu Though the Google Maps listing for Baoku Liu reads “Baoku Liu, MD,” the letters that hang behind the front desk of his office… Clean Branch Basics The irony that we clean our homes with products that are not themselves clean—i.e., are full of toxic chemicals—is often lost on us. Now “clean”… Listen Queen of the Con: The OC Savior The first season of the podcast Queen of the Con follows Mair Smyth, an Irish heiress battling her family… Wear The Hana Shirt Co. Blame it on The White Lotus. Mike White’s hit series on HBO Max has us thinking differently about a lot of things, including our summer… Apply The Ordinary While an $8 serum is something we can really get behind, it took us some time to familiarize ourselves with the Ordinary. This range… Write Fountain Pen Hospital In 1946, around the corner from Manhattan’s City Hall Park, Al Wiederlight and his son Phil opened a shop to revive dying pens…

Are We There Yet? After two years of limbo, the gap year is back. One hardened traveler offers up all the overly detailed, tried-and-tested advice your teen should know but will inevitably ignore

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The Spy Who Dressed Me During World War II, one of London’s most prominent fashion designers led a secret life as head of an espionage unit operating behind German lines

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“Now, son, there are no monsters in the closet. But there are some skeletons you’ll come to know about. Hopefully, after I’m long dead.”

The Other Other Paris Still trying to book a summer getaway? Here’s a city you need to discover

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A Master Trickster, Re-Discovered Remy Charlip created fanciful books for children—as well as everything from theater design to choreography (including the “Air Mail Dances”!)

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Photography

Portrait Mode Iké Udé’s carefully staged portraits set contemporary subjects in a world inspired by the drama of Dutch old masters

“Water … water … but not too much.”

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Francesco Clemente’s Self-Portrait in White, Red and Black I, on show at Vienna’s Albertina Museum starting today.

A Poet’s Painter

The artist Francesco Clemente has long aligned himself with lyricism. He collaborated with Allen Ginsberg and Rene Ricard in the 1980s, and has taken inspiration from Federico García Lorca. “Maybe poets express more directly a sense of sympathy for other human beings,” he once said. “Painting is a little bit more of a retreat from human beings in real life; painting is more about the extreme moments when speech doesn’t help anymore.” READ ON

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Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

by Damien Lewis
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Murder, They Wrote

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An Accidental Icon: How I Dodged a Bullet, Spoke Truth to Power and Lived to Tell the Tale

by Norman Scott
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“Aye, captain—reverse course! I say reverse course!”

Big Tobacco, but for Big Fish Investigating the dark underbelly of salmon farming, journalists find echoes of the oil and tobacco industries

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Schools of Thought Children’s literature has been hit hard by the culture wars. Anthony Horowitz suggests giving in less—and listening to Ricky Gervais more

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“I just realized I’m talking to myself.”

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L’Après-Midi des Flâneurs, after Manet.
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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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In Memoriam

Richard David Story Peter Bogdanovich André Leon Talley Duncan Hannah

Issue No. 156
July 9, 2022
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Issue No. 156
July 9, 2022