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Issue No. 163

The View from Here One of our Writers at Large explains how to avoid heartbreak, of the existential variety

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Trouble in Paradise The talk of the town in idyllic Nantucket is an allegation of strangulation that pits prominent D.C. figures against each other

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Weird Science Are the people in Nathan Fielder’s The Rehearsal knowing participants—or guinea pigs in a mad behavioral experiment?

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Perfecting Their Backhand As the U.S. Open approaches, WOTs—the wives of tennis stars—are giving soccer’s WAGs a run for their money

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My Favorite Things Stephanie Nass, or “Chefanie,” has built a brand out of her passion for food. Herewith, the culinary influencer shares her head-to-toe-to-table hosting essentials

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Landing Gear Everything you need to keep your home from blacking out, achieve audio Nirvana, take care of man’s best friend, and more

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J. K. Rowling’s Goblet of a Firestorm Even when she’s defending Salman Rushdie’s rights, some in the literary world want to see her silenced. Or worse

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One of Each, Please Antiquing in France is one of life’s great pleasures. Herewith, our guide to the unmissable markets of all persuasions

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Birkin’s Baggage On the occasion of her new album, Jane Birkin looks back on old love

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Smells Like Team Spirit From Hollywood to Wales—a charming new documentary follows actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney on their quest to revive Britain’s unluckiest football club

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The Further Adventures of the Heir and the Spare And other strange news about these curious days …

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Revolutionary Roadsters John G. Zimmerman’s photos of fantastical taillights, wraparound windshields, and spaceship-inspired fins, collected in a new volume, chronicle America’s fascination with cars from the 50s through the 70s


Is The Rehearsal the Strangest Show Ever? Errol Morris stops by this week’s podcast to share his view

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Tea Cakes, Totes, and Toffs In London, Anya Hindmarch sets out to re-invent retail by designing her own shoppable, Instagram-friendly village

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Apply Paula’s Choice Niacinamide is not the sexiest name for a beauty product. But when the model Kaia Gerber said the one from Paula’s Choice Set Arne Jacobsen While an iPhone alarm is convenient, turning it off in the morning requires you to look at e-mail, text, and social-media notifications before you’re… Wear Sébline It’s Sébline, not “Sublime,” but the mistake is easy to make when it comes to this smart line of shirting. French-English designer Charles Sébline Zahn McClarnon in Reservation Dogs (2021) Watch Reservation Dogs While the title is definitely a wink to Quentin Tarantino, don’t expect blood and mayhem in this sly comedy, which just started its second season… Listen English Rose Anyone apprehensive of scripted podcasts, which have been experiencing a renaissance recently, should listen to English Rose Sparkle Monica Rich Kosann Winning a sports game is a complicated proposition, but dominating the jewelry game is well within reach, thanks to… Apply Paula’s Choice Niacinamide is not the sexiest name for a beauty product. But when the model Kaia Gerber said the one from Paula’s Choice Set Arne Jacobsen While an iPhone alarm is convenient, turning it off in the morning requires you to look at e-mail, text, and social-media notifications before you’re… Wear Sébline It’s Sébline, not “Sublime,” but the mistake is easy to make when it comes to this smart line of shirting. French-English designer Charles Sébline Zahn McClarnon in Reservation Dogs (2021) Watch Reservation Dogs While the title is definitely a wink to Quentin Tarantino, don’t expect blood and mayhem in this sly comedy, which just started its second season… Listen English Rose Anyone apprehensive of scripted podcasts, which have been experiencing a renaissance recently, should listen to English Rose Sparkle Monica Rich Kosann Winning a sports game is a complicated proposition, but dominating the jewelry game is well within reach, thanks to…

Crisis Control Eight questions with Jonathan Darman, whose new book explores how polio prepared F.D.R. for the presidency—and saved his marriage

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Edward Weston’s 1939 photo Rubbish is on view in an exhibition of still-life photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Holding Still

The masterpieces of still-life painting leap readily to mind. Those “banquet pieces” from the Dutch Golden Age depicting lavish spreads of crusty bread, cheese, enticing mounds of grapes, tipped-over goblets, and gutted candles. Caravaggio’s basket of fruit. Manet’s bunch of asparagus. Cézanne’s apples. A veritable Olive Garden of delights. READ ON

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Neil Hannon, the Northern Irish founder, singer, songwriter, and sole constant member of the Divine Comedy, in 1996.

Songs in the Key of Life

For the past 30 years, the Divine Comedy has been peddling a brand of literate English romanticism that blends the orchestral pop of the 60s with the lyricism of Noël Coward. Founded by Northern Irish songwriter Neil Hannon at the height of Brit-pop, the group—of which Hannon is the sole constant member—avoided the beery lad rock of the era and created something intelligent, witty, and lasting. With glowering strings, buoyant horns, and lyrics that mix melancholia with mirth, the Divine Comedy created a sound that wasn’t fashionable but timeless. READ ON


Owen Kline The actor’s directorial debut, a film about a young cartoonist finding his way, reflects his own childhood spent studying comic books and haunting video stores

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“I do appreciate that it eats other bugs, but it also ate my husband.”

Afterlives

by Abdulrazak Gurnah
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Life on the Orient Express She is remembered as the incarnation of her most beloved character, the elderly, provincial Miss Marple. In reality, the adventurous, globe-trotting Agatha Christie was the opposite

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Tim Page Shot four times, the courageous British photojournalist was the inspiration for Dennis Hopper’s character in Apocalypse Now, and his powerful imagery captured the horrors of war

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“Bird” is the word! Celebrating the great jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker on what would be his 102nd birthday.
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Issue No. 163
August 27, 2022
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Issue No. 163
August 27, 2022