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Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

In 2018, famous London-based restauranteur and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi was contacted by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art with an unusual proposal—create a display of elaborate pastries inspired by what might have been served up during the heyday of the court of Versailles for a one-day event as part of their then-current “Visions of…

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Secret Society of Second-Born Royals

A sort of “Marvel for Pre-Teens who Don’t Like Actual Superheroes,” the latest original offering from Disney Plus won’t make anywhere near as many headlines as “Hamilton” or “Mulan” did when they landed on the service. My most common feeling while watching it was one of surprise that it even exists, presuming it must have…

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Foster Boy

“Look into my eyes so you know what it’s like to live a life not knowing what a normal life’s like.” Among its many cathartic functions, art provides us with a safe space to articulate our experiences of trauma that we’d normally avoid discussing out loud. Few recent films have portrayed this as indelibly as…

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Misbehaviour

“We’re not beautiful, we’re not ugly, we’re angry.” That was the slogan of the Women’s Liberation activists who set out to disrupt the Miss World pageant of 1970. Their shenanigans made front-page news around the world. Bob Hope was the Master of Ceremonies, baffled at finding himself the center of a firestorm of feminist anger.…

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The Artist’s Wife

I don’t want to appear close-minded, or to alienate our younger readers, but I have to admit that I’ve seen a sufficient amount of dementia in my own extended family that movies about it, particularly fictional ones, aren’t exactly the first things I look to watch these days. Of course, most movies with this theme…

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The Comey Rule

No matter how far in the future, we already know the first two lines of James Comey’s obituary. One will be about his decision as Director of the FBI to announce, just days before the 2016 Presidential election, that the FBI was investigating new evidence of possible security breaches in Hillary Clinton’s emails. The other…

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