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September 7 2019
Issue No. 8

It Was a Royal Pain of a Week for …

… the royals. Meghan, the pop idol Duchess of Sussex, has turned into the Duchess of Excess; Prince Harry, the naughty boy we loved, the soldier who served bravely in Afghanistan, is now the Prince of Wokeness. Meghan, greeted as a breath of fresh air, has morphed into Me-ghan…

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The View from Here

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H.R.H. Prince Andrew at Royal Ascot in 2011. Fillies be warned.

Heir Aberrant The royal family trips over Prince Andrew’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein

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Hunter Schafer (left) and Zendaya in Euphoria.

Hot Girl High School The mystery of teenage confidence in Euphoria

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Cyprus investigators with the remains of a Filipina woman found at the bottom of Red Lake.

Killing Spree When migrant women disappeared on the island of Cyprus, no one went looking for them

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Cotswolds Confidential

Billionaires vs. millionaires in the Hamptons of England
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Craving Chicken Salad and Black-and-White Cookies on Your Private Jet? William Poll Will Take Care of You

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After Dark

The art of Lina Iris Viktor revolves around blackness: the color, the pigment, Africa’s complex colonial legacy, a state of being. She strips it down to midnight darkness; she adorns it with gold; she veils and eroticizes it with screens. “Some Are Born to Endless Night: Dark Matter”—opening next week at Autograph, a gallery in London’s Hackney neighborhood—is Viktor’s first major solo show in the U.K. READ ON

A scene from The Prisoner, the 60s television series with Patrick McGoohan.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
There are worthwhile podcasts for both Brexiteers and Remainiacs. One is recorded in a pub

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Bed 2019. Georgia Russell's "Paintings" opens at Paris's Galerie Karsten Greve on September 13.

Trick of the Light

Georgia Russell carved her reputation by cutting up photographs and books. She thrilled audiences in 2015 when she moved to canvas, positioning one painting over another, slitting the one in front to reveal—in the voids created with her scalpel—the second canvas pulsing behind it. Now, in a different form of breakthrough, Russell has nearly relinquished her weapon. READ ON


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Wes Gordon with Carolina Herrera.

Wes World Millennial designer Wes Gordon ushers Carolina Herrera into its next gilded age

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The designer Anna Sui. "The World of Anna Sui" opens at the Museum of Arts and Design, in New York City, on September 12.

Anna Sui in Color

A disrupter decades before the noun existed, Anna Sui continues to ambush fashion’s conventional, not to mention corporate, expectations. The only daughter of well-to-do Chinese immigrants, she fled the safety of home in the suburbs of Detroit for the gritty beginnings of a dream in 1970s New York City. READ ON

Alexander Wang surrounded by (from left) Zoë Kravitz, Joan Smalls, Lily Aldridge, Behati Prinsloo, and, in front, Bella Hadid, at the 2017 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wang Dang Doodle
Alexander Wang built a global business by marketing himself as New York fashion’s millennial enfant terrible. What happens now that he’s all grown up?

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Wondering Eye

Year of the Monkey

by Patti Smith
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The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories

Edited by Jhumpa Lahiri
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The Anarchy

by William Dalrymple
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Short List

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David Ben-Gurion, the founder of Israel, is the subject of a new biography by Tom Segev.

A Higher Power A new biography offers a look into the diary of Israel’s founder

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Jacqueline Woodson Selects three of this year’s best novels

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These are not real flowers. They are confections made by a young master.
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Our roving travel columnist takes on Santa Fe.

Ask Richard

Dear Richard,

Two European friends are visiting in October, and I’d like to take them someplace different, authentic, and uniquely American.

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The striking, unlikely Royal Opera House Muscat, in Oman.

Divas in the Desert
Oman is focusing on high-end tourism, but it doesn’t want to be the Cancun of the Middle East—as the Royal Opera House Muscat proves

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Fashionable Tracks

Tory Burch, whose sworn enemy is boredom.
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