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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Rounding Up the Herd

The Law Is My Shepherd A herd of goats commissioned to graze on a San Francisco hillside Friday walked off the job and were found roaming the streets of the Bayview. The goats, who work for City Grazing, were chomping…
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Film, "The Queen of Versailles": Time-Share Royalty's Time Is Up

"The Queen of Versailles": Time-Share Royalty's Time Is Up

"I don't want to give you lessons in self-denial and social responsibility," an art dealer tells her billionaire boy client in Don DeLillo's Cosmopolis, by way of refusing to entertain his demand to buy the Rothko Chapel. "Because I don't…
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Film, French Confection

French Confection

Drop-dead hip or cluelessly clueless? Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, a candy-colored portrait of France's infamous teen queen is a graceful, charming, and sometimes witty confection — at least for its first hour. The famously shy Coppola may be an inscrutable…
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Dining, Social Grace

Kiss and Tell

Dear Social Grace, I feel more than a little silly asking this question, but what is the proper way to give or receive a social kiss? Do you modify the approach depending on the sex, age, or relationship of the…
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Culture, Stage Royal Spoils

Royal Spoils

There's an obscure portrait in France called The Black Nun of Moret, from (very roughly) 1700, showing a bland African face in the penguinish folds of a nun's habit. Her name was Louise-Marie Thérèse, and she was an illegitimate daughter…
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