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Issue No. 164

The View from Here As Jared Kushner reveals in his new book, the Trumps have more in common with the Mussolinis than he realizes

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By Giorgia! As the favorite to be Italy’s next prime minister, is Giorgia Meloni—backed by bunga-bunga Berlusconi—the most dangerous woman in Europe?

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Bed of Lies Dodi Fayed’s super-yacht, a Paris suite, 11 shots of whiskey—25 years after Princess Diana’s death, there are still more questions than answers

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The Diana Chronicles II

The Way She Wore Thanks to TikTok, Princess Diana’s fashion is more talked-about than ever


To Catch a Con Rogue Agent dramatized one of the strangest criminal cases in recent British history. Its release helped lead to an international manhunt

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“‘Help! Help!’ he frantically cried in vain.”
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Eye of the Beholder Who’s buying that $1,950 undereye serum sold out of a dodgy storefront on Madison Avenue? Our investigative beauty columnist finds out, and discovers that .01-percenters are just as susceptible to scams as the rest of us

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Eat Smyth Tavern John McDonald, the veteran restaurateur behind Manhattan hot spots such as Bar Tulix and Lure Fishbar is expanding his reign… Tour Neutra VDL Studio and Residences In 1932, the architect Richard Neutra built a house for his family that overlooked the Silver Lake Reservoir, in Los Angeles… Wear Industry of All Nations As much as your Air Mail style correspondent would like to take all the credit for discovering… Wear Saint Laurent Dear Anthony Vaccarello: just when we vowed to stride into fall wearing trousers that were made from something, anything, but denim… Watch Blow Out In the long opening shot of Blow Outavailable next week in 4K from the Criterion Collection—we share a set of eyes with a serial killer… Listen Who Killed Daphne? When Maltese investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed, in a car bombing in 2017, the story made international… Eat Smyth Tavern John McDonald, the veteran restaurateur behind Manhattan hot spots such as Bar Tulix and Lure Fishbar is expanding his reign… Tour Neutra VDL Studio and Residences In 1932, the architect Richard Neutra built a house for his family that overlooked the Silver Lake Reservoir, in Los Angeles… Wear Industry of All Nations As much as your Air Mail style correspondent would like to take all the credit for discovering… Wear Saint Laurent Dear Anthony Vaccarello: just when we vowed to stride into fall wearing trousers that were made from something, anything, but denim… Watch Blow Out In the long opening shot of Blow Outavailable next week in 4K from the Criterion Collection—we share a set of eyes with a serial killer… Listen Who Killed Daphne? When Maltese investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed, in a car bombing in 2017, the story made international…

Catcher in the Wry Eight questions with Christopher Buckley, ranging in subject from his comic pandemic novel and George Bush 41 to what his parents would have made of Trump

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Long Live the King Ahead of his latest novel’s release, Stephen King divulges his writing routine and explains why social media is a “poison pill”

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À La Carte

When Menus Were the Main Event … A delicious new book offers a visual history of menu design from 1800 to the present


Blood & Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime

by Joe Pompeo
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Act of Oblivion

by Robert Harris
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Murder, They Wrote

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“Before you begin, let’s come up with a safe word I can say if I need you to stop.”

Some Strings Attached The little-known story of a wartime British ambassador who appeased Adolf Hitler but saw the error of his ways

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Tales of Two Grifters From Jared Kushner to an impostor M.I.5 agent, this week’s podcast has plenty of bad behavior—and more than a few laughs, thanks to Christopher Buckley

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The Hidden Highsmith A new documentary about the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley delves into the writer’s love life

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Where Oligarchs Have Found Safe Harbors And other strange news about these curious days …

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“There’s no good time to break up, but I wanted to wait until after Shark Week.”

Cynthia Addai-Robinson To step into J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantastical world for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings prequel, the actress found common ground with her royal character

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Anna-Eva Bergman’s painting N°30-1986, included in the Norwegian artist’s first American retrospective, opening next week at Perrotin gallery in New York.

Moving Mountains

Blessed be the artist who keeps a logbook, full of her impressions of a Christian Women’s Association cruise in the Far North of Norway. Anna-Eva Bergman’s talent as a caricaturist finds literary form with her description of “a swarm of bosoms decorated with small or large gold or silver crosses, hanging from the end of a long chain.” Bergman also grumbles about the boat’s bad food and bad lodgings. But all these disappointments evaporate on June 28, 1950, when Bergman stands on deck and witnesses the Arctic phenomenon of the midnight sun for the first time. READ ON

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Senses and Sensibility From Beethoven to Bach, Handel to Homer, so many of the greats throughout history lacked the precise faculty their art required. What does it all mean?

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Just Another Revolution A director and producer at the vanguard of New Hollywood, Bob Rafelson infused his films with real life—and his life with high adventure

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Good Vibrations A fresh infusion of contemporary art animates one of Sicily’s grandest hotels

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Issue No. 164
September 3, 2022
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Issue No. 164
September 3, 2022