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Body Count

From Connecticut, Rich Cohen recounts the story of Richard Dabate, who murdered his wife but was tripped up by her fitness tracker …

Bohemian Strife

From the artist’s studio, Ivana Lowell recalls the tempestuous marriage that her mother, Lady Caroline Blackwood, had with the then struggling—but occasionally monstrous—Lucian Freud …

Fire Sail

From the high seas, Mark Ellwood plumbs the depths of the used-luxury-yacht market, and finds bargains are on offer—if you’re willing to overlook the previous owners …

Nobs’ Night Out

From London, Bo Derrière reports on the nitrous-oxide-and-tailcoat sex orgies being arranged among the youthful members of the “Eton-verse” …

It Couldn’t Happen Here

From the Channel Islands, Guy Walters unearths the dark Nazi past, and rancorous present, of the only SS concentration camp on British soil …

Inspector Gadget

From the AIR MAIL test lab, our tech-and-gear expert, Jonathan Margolis, cracks open an unhackable hard drive, and tests a high-tech scale that measures your stress levels by reading your feet …

Table for Two, Please!

AIR MAIL’s unmissable new podcast finds Bruce Bozzi chatting with George Clooney and Julia Roberts about acting influences, mullets, and not wearing pants …

BUT, WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Death and cocktails aboard the Queen Mary 2 … Frida Gustavsson, model Viking … Nobel Prize winner Annie Ernaux faces the camera … The greatest Sondheim revival ever? … the latest fashion trend for middle-aged, full-bellied men … Joe Biden, an unfunny Bob Newhart? … Margherita Cardelli Cavaliere has all the answers … Will Harry cause our weekly Attention-Whore Index to explode? …


Issue No. 183

The View from Here When the Nazis set up shop on British soil

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The Fitbit Done Him In Richard Dabate thought he had the perfect alibi, but he hadn’t considered the tattletale on his wife’s wrist. As in the unfolding case of Brian Walshe, who is accused of killing his wife after googling body-disposal tips, technology is proving to be the ultimate witness

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My Favorite Things Louis-Géraud Castor—who was an antiques dealer before becoming the French fashion world’s preeminent florist—reveals his must-haves, from a Dali-esque objet to his candle of choice

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Secret Ingredients An impenetrable hard drive worthy of Bond! A speaker to ring in the Lunar New Year! The formula for a good night’s sleep! And more …

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All Hail the Queen Mary 2 There’s a lot to love about traveling from New York to London by boat. Just don’t forget the tuxedo …

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The Attention-Whore Index Can anyone dethrone Harry as he looks for his third straight No. 1 ranking? It’s up to you! Plus: news of the week that’s not to be missed

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Lucian Freud, Lady Caroline Blackwood—and Me My mother’s marriage to the painter was brief, and the hours she spent sitting for him were long. But the resulting portraits are forever

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Two Tickets to Paradise George Clooney and Julia Roberts join host Bruce Bozzi to talk about their chemistry, the shirtless men at George’s wedding, and much more in our podcast Table for Two

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Small Talk
“Now, Luke, nobody takes a good wanted-poster photo.”

The Re-invention of John Stonehouse Succession star Matthew Macfadyen leads a raucous new drama about the stranger-than-fiction story of a British politician who faked his own death in 1974

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Best
Admire Sophie Buhai Since debuting her namesake jewelry line, eight years ago, Sophie Buhai has gradually begun to introduce striking curios (think: tasseled key chains… Set Rosetta Opened in 2010 in a charming former mansion, Rosetta is best, and rightfully, known as one of Mexico City’s top restaurants… Sparkle By Pariah Disillusioned by fast fashion, London-based designer Sophie Howard knew she wanted to do things differently with her own brand… Light Thomas Keller x Joya Visiting the French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant in Yountville, California, is not an everyday affair… Wear Bite Studios The London- and Stockholm-based brand Bite Studios (which stands for “by independent thinkers for environmental progress”)… Read The Artist’s Studio: A Cultural History Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso both painted at night. Diego Velázquez used mirrors to let his subjects… Admire Sophie Buhai Since debuting her namesake jewelry line, eight years ago, Sophie Buhai has gradually begun to introduce striking curios (think: tasseled key chains… Set Rosetta Opened in 2010 in a charming former mansion, Rosetta is best, and rightfully, known as one of Mexico City’s top restaurants… Sparkle By Pariah Disillusioned by fast fashion, London-based designer Sophie Howard knew she wanted to do things differently with her own brand… Light Thomas Keller x Joya Visiting the French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant in Yountville, California, is not an everyday affair… Wear Bite Studios The London- and Stockholm-based brand Bite Studios (which stands for “by independent thinkers for environmental progress”)… Read The Artist’s Studio: A Cultural History Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso both painted at night. Diego Velázquez used mirrors to let his subjects…

Sinking Ships The high seas used to be the only place where toxic reputations didn’t really matter. Thanks to Russian sanctions, things have changed …

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Small Talk
“You remembered!”

Orgy Story In one of London’s poshest neighborhoods recently, a four-story town house was converted into a sex party for Old Etonians, politicians’ kids, and their friends

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Why Is Connecticut the Home of Neo-Noir Murders? Rich Cohen takes us inside the “Fitbit murder” and reveals why this tiny patch of America feels like Blue Velvet’s back lot

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Frida Gustavsson The star of Netflix’s Vikings first emerged on the scene as one of the fashion industry’s top models

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Gnome-Man’s-Land Forget expensive sneakers and designer hoodies, “gnomecore,” the latest men’s-wear trend, is all about pointy beanies, Scottish sweaters, and moth holes

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Roaring Twenties, Pontus Lidberg’s final show as the director of Danish Dance Theatre, dramatizes the tumultuous first few years of the 2020s.

A Decade in Dance

“What will be the roar of the 2020s?” asks Pontus Lidberg, the Swedish director of Danish Dance Theatre, the largest contemporary-dance troupe in Denmark. Roaring Twenties, Lidberg’s final work for the company after five years at its helm, premieres tonight in Copenhagen. “We have seen a few roars this decade—Black Lives Matter, the coronavirus and all that came with it. There were a lot of roars in the 1920s, and look how that turned out.” READ ON


Family Fiction The Super 8 Years brings the Nobel Prize–winning French novelist Annie Ernaux’s high literary style to the screen

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A Cri de Coeur for the Moment Alice Diop discusses Saint Omer, a drama of race and motherhood that marks the filmmaker’s first fiction feature, selected as France’s entry in the upcoming Academy Awards

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Photography

The Accidental Collector Judy Glickman Lauder didn’t set out to become a collector. Yet she ended up amassing some of the most important images in photography, shot by everyone from Berenice Abbott to William Klein, to Weegee

Small Talk
“There’s an immediacy to yelling you just don’t get from social media.”

Happy Endings When Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along first appeared, it was a disaster. Forty years on, it’s a triumph

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Books

The Shards

by Bret Easton Ellis
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The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House

by Chris Whipple
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Small Talk
“Great. See you in spring.”

People Who Don’t Need People A growing number of transhumanists and radical environmentalists believe our days as a species are numbered. And they feel fine

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Pas de Gras A new hotel spa in St. Tropez mixes weight loss and laissez-faire luxury

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Since one can’t publicly drink a martini and smoke a cigarette in the same place at the same time in Manhattan, I resolved to re-create the American Bar, from London’s Savoy hotel, at home.
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Issue No. 183
January 14, 2023
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Issue No. 183
January 14, 2023