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September 14 2019
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The Spy


The news this week that the C.I.A. had to extract a high-level Russian mole inside Putin’s Kremlin was a reminder of how much human intelligence still matters. So is The Spy, a six-part series on Netflix based on Eli Cohen, an Israeli double agent who went undercover in Syria in the 1960s. Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) plays Cohen as an ambitious, talented spy who is torn up by homesickness. He is also unrecognizable and utterly persuasive. (netflix.com)

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Pyeongyang Myeonok


As the owner of Cote, one of the best Korean steak houses in New York, Simon Kim knows his way around the peninsula’s traditional dishes. When he is in Seoul, he goes to Pyeongyang Myeonok to eat naengmyon, a North Korean meal comprised of buckwheat noodles and broth. “The broth varies in style; it can be cold and savory (which I prefer), or spicy, but they are each a combination of beef, pork, and sometimes chicken. It almost reminds me of a bath; the flavor is comforting, subtle, and nuanced, and not as intense as, say, a beef consommé. I enjoy it best with dongchimi, a white kimchi. The acidity and slight sweetness of the fermented vegetables mixed with the meat stock is unreal. These days, when everything is overstimulating, this dish helps you find your equilibrium.” (207 Jangchungdan-ro, Jangchung-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul; naengmyon.net)

Drive

1961 Aston Martin


Before Ford challenged Ferrari for dominance in the racing game, Aston Martin was giving the Italians a run for their money at weekend rallies across the Continent. And the DB4GT might be one of the supreme beauties to emerge from that midcentury era. This model, one of only 45 that the company made with right-hand drive, was first owned by Donald Campbell, the British daredevil who set eight world speed records on land and water. It goes up for auction on September 14, with an estimate of $2.7 million. (bonhams.com)

Dani Shapiro, American author,​ at her home in Bethlehem, Connecticut,​ on December 6, 2018.
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Family Secrets with Dani Shapiro


In her captivating memoir Inheritance, Dani Shapiro tells the true story of how she casually submitted her DNA to a genealogy Web site, only to receive the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. In a blink, her entire life story—the life she had lived for 50 years—crumbled beneath her. Now, with her podcast, Family Secrets, she’s sharing riveting, can’t-make-this-stuff-up stories of others who reveal a family secret they uncovered and how the truth altered their lives. (familysecretspodcast.com)

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1975 Honda


Nobody would claim the Honda CB 360 T is an extraordinary bike. On the contrary, it is a deliberately ordinary bike, part of a long lineage of clean and stripped-down machines that Honda still builds today. It is in their simplicity, though, that Honda CBs, particularly those from the 70s, like this 360 T for sale through Stuart Parr, stake their claim. In many ways, they’re the two-wheel equivalent of that era’s Ford Broncos: minimal, essential. Unrestored and with a mere 750 miles on the odometer, it’s an immaculate example of what a Honda CB has always been: an Everyman’s bike that gets you where you are going. (Price upon request, stuartparrcollection.com)

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