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Issue No. 161

The View from There Writing pro-war poetry for money is one way to survive in Putin’s Russia

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Poor Little Rich Boy What do you do if you make only $40 million a year? If you’re the founder of a Greenwich, Connecticut, hedge fund, you allegedly steal from your partners and shortchange investors

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A Great Escape It was difficult enough to smuggle girls who had been abandoned by the U.S. out of Afghanistan. Harder still to do it twice

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The Many Mysteries of Murder Boy, Part II His grandfather had an estate worth nearly $40 million. When his mother died, he stood to inherit millions. Did Nathan Carman kill them both?

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My Favorite Things As a former Vogue editor and one of the co-founders of La Ligne, Meredith Melling has mastered French-girl style. Her trick? She sticks to one timeless wardrobe stable—stripes. Herewith, she shares her top picks

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Child’s Play For the past 25 years, South Park has been an equal-opportunity offender. One writer can’t get enough

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Landing Gear An automated terrarium for even the most hopeless of plant-lovers; a streaming device that’s built to move; a power adapter big enough for an army (and 200 countries); and more

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Dirty Rotten Royals Where did previously “penniless” Sarah Ferguson get $6.1 million to buy a bougie Mayfair town house?

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“I’ll kiss him after the flies are under control.”

Nostalgia—It’s on the Menu In Los Angeles, martinis and wedge salads at Old Hollywood hot spots have replaced juice cleanses and vegan grain bowls

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Dark Star Listen Video Archives In the early 1980s, a decade before Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary co-wrote Pulp Fiction, the two met working at Video Archives Wear Mille We wish we could give silk blouses more of our attention. We really do. Unfortunately, they are so high-maintenance that they must… Sparkle Cece Jewellery When Cece Fein Hughes inherited a 1920s Art Deco ring from her grandmother, she set off to learn everything she could… Claudine Pascal is played by Lily Frazer in “Hotel Portofino.” Watch Hotel Portofino It seems like everyone is summering in Italy at the moment. But there’s no need to brave air travel now that Matt Baker’s Hotel Portofino Wear Love Brand & Co. Did James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) rising from the ocean in Casino Royale (2006), wearing a pair of thigh-hugging sky-blue trunks… Eat Librae Bakery Earlier this summer, Andre Gerschel and Dona Murad opened a bakery in NoHo that takes “ingredients that are very Middle Eastern Dark Star Listen Video Archives In the early 1980s, a decade before Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary co-wrote Pulp Fiction, the two met working at Video Archives Wear Mille We wish we could give silk blouses more of our attention. We really do. Unfortunately, they are so high-maintenance that they must… Sparkle Cece Jewellery When Cece Fein Hughes inherited a 1920s Art Deco ring from her grandmother, she set off to learn everything she could… Claudine Pascal is played by Lily Frazer in “Hotel Portofino.” Watch Hotel Portofino It seems like everyone is summering in Italy at the moment. But there’s no need to brave air travel now that Matt Baker’s Hotel Portofino Wear Love Brand & Co. Did James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) rising from the ocean in Casino Royale (2006), wearing a pair of thigh-hugging sky-blue trunks… Eat Librae Bakery Earlier this summer, Andre Gerschel and Dona Murad opened a bakery in NoHo that takes “ingredients that are very Middle Eastern

Two More Prince Andrew Dramas And other strange news about these curious days …

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“Go left. I forgot to get a lid for my coffee.”

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Top, an Art Nouveau tiara designed by René Lalique in 1903, on view at Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, in Germany; above, a Chaumet wheat-sheaf tiara designed in 1811 for Napoleon’s second wife, on view at the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

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“An extremely capacious handbag” is how Sir Roy Strong, former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, described the London museum’s holdings. “City of Gold” is the nickname for Pforzheim, Germany, home of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, the first public museum dedicated exclusively to jewelry. And the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (MAD) is in Paris, the city that waggish James Thurber deemed “a post-graduate course in Everything” and Ernest Hemingway called “a moveable feast.” For jewelry-besotted travelers heeding the call to culture, this trinity—the world’s three greatest permanent jewelry collections—offers a curated sanctuary of gems. READ ON


James Shalom The art dealer turned founder of clothing company Salie 66 on what it takes to make a new fashion concept stand out

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A Big Show for a Big Week Welcome to our 100th episode

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Bunker Down A no-go zone during the Cold War, Sazan Island has become an outpost for the European avant-garde

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Open Book

Floral Tribute A dazzling new coffee-table book explores the flower in contemporary photography

“There’s always a prima donna.”

Elizabeth Finch

by Julian Barnes
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Fathers and Children

by Ivan Turgenev,
translated by Nicolas Pasternak Slater
and Maya Slater
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Crimes of the Mind How a journalist turned screenwriter stumbled onto the unbelievable but true story that became Rogue Agent

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“All right, but use a coaster.”

Save This Masterpiece from the Tech Bros In California, a rare Frank Lloyd Wright home is on the market

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On a hot summer day in London, a school group headed off on a trip from Waterloo Station, and the race for Tory leader was whittled down to two.
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Issue No. 161
August 13, 2022
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Issue No. 161
August 13, 2022