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February 22 2020

Issue No. 32

The View from There

And, just like that, Sussex Royal is no more. The centerpiece of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s post-royal life, Sussex Royal was going to be…

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Murder in Fairfield County Fotis Dulos hoped his divorce from Jennifer could be handled amicably. Instead, it was one of the most litigious in Connecticut’s history

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Battle of the Bulge The mayoral race in Paris has been scandalized by a barrage of dick pics, Twitter meltdowns, and unhinged lawyers. The Americanization of French politics continues apace …

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Have a Seat! The naughty French love chair designed for Edward VII to facilitate a threesome

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Tide Turner

In 1840, to witness the full force of nature’s tumult and beauty, the 65-year-old British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner had sailors lash him to a boat’s mast for four hours during a tempest. “I did not expect to escape,” Turner said, “but I felt bound to record it if I did.” Turner’s record is the momentous Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth (1842)—a vertiginous whirlwind of streaking blacks, burnished ochers, glinting silvers, and pewter grays, with sensuous layers of opacity and translucence engulfing the boat, its bright white sail clawed nearly to oblivion. READ ON

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Escape Artist Inigo Philbrick is a Ponzi-scheming gallerist who got in over his head. Now he’s gone missing—with a pack of furious collectors on his trail

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The Picture of Greed

Michael Winterbottom’s new film is an unsparing portrait of a ruthless fast-fashion billionaire
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Rhino-Plasty Botswana takes a radical step to save its herd from poachers

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“Yeah, I’m at that awkward age where all my friends are starting families, or rehab.”

Josh O’Connor Between seasons of The Crown, on which he plays Charles, the actor stars in Emma, in theaters now

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So Much More than a Shoe

Artists can find inspiration everywhere, even in thin air. For shoe designer Christian Louboutin, who grew up in Paris’s far-flung 12th Arrondissement, it was reliably found somewhere more concrete—at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an extravaganza of an exposition hall built to house the Colonial Exhibition of 1931. READ ON

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The Leaning Towers of Deutsche The author of a new book exposes the widespread, historic corruption fueling the German bank’s downfall

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“’Twas always folly, dear cousin. A humble parsnip could never be wed to an aubergine.”

Alexandra Fuller The African-born writer recommends books that depict the complex brutality of colonialism

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The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz

by Erik Larson
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Apeirogon

by Colum McCann
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Shatter the Nations

by Mike Giglio
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Short List

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“There he is. The ringer.”

A Journey to the Center of the Earth


Et Tu, A.C.L.U.? How America’s staunchest defenders of free speech lost their nerve

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Bahia Bash

Carnaval in Rio? Claro. But if Carnaval in Salvador is not on your bucket list, too, you need a bigger bucket. Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s smiling face; Salvador da Bahia is its pulsing, proudly African heart. In Rio, Carnaval is mainly a spectacle, staged in a stadium called the Sambódromo, which feels like a cross between the Colosseum and Caesars Palace. In Salvador, the action is still in the streets. READ ON

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Ask Richard

I always appreciate the hotels in Paris, grand or small, Left Bank or Right, charming or haute. Which ones are you loving right now?

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“Why do you put yourself under such pressure?”

Big in Japan Masterpieces of art and architecture converge on Naoshima, a tiny island in the Seto Inland Sea

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