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Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent’s co-founder

AS THE one-time lover and lifelong business partner of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé was Diaghilev to Saint Laurent’s brilliant Stravinsky. Demanding, small of stature and in possession of a filthy temper, he was, to some, quite terrifying. Yet he was also a bold and successful businessman, a noted art …

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A powerful new documentary series on the Vietnam war

Their children will remember, too THE great novels of the Vietnam war, both in English and in Vietnamese, tend towards surrealism. In Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”, an army medic manages to have his 17-year-old sweetheart flown in from Ohio for a visit, only to watch her transform into …

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A blow, but only a glancing one, against big tech

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech. By Franklin Foer. Penguin Press; 272 Pages; $27. Jonathan Cape; £18.99. PUBLIC scrutiny eventually stalks the kings of capitalism. Wall Street banks enjoyed decades of unfettered growth before coming to be seen, as Matt Taibbi, a journalist, described Goldman Sachs, as …

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Sorry, Roger: Rafael Nadal is not just the king of clay

THE RACE is on. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the two men who dominated men’s tennis from 2005-10, have enjoyed a startling resurgence in 2017, splitting the year’s four grand-slam titles. Mr Federer picked up his wins at the Australian Open (where he defeated Mr Nadal in a five-set final) …

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“The Florida Project” is a subtle film about poverty in America

FEW things open a film-maker up to criticism like telling the stories of the poor. Depict their lives as a string of endless indignities, and you will be accused of exploiting their suffering. Find and portray the joy in their communities, and critics will say you are ignoring systemic injustice …

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“The Deuce”, a skilful drama on the evolution of the sex trade

CANDY, a prostitute, invites a sex-show director to lunch. Misreading her intentions, he offers her a job participating in live sex scenes, where punters pay $40 to ogle naked bodies in flagrante delicto. Candy has a different proposition: she wants to be behind the camera. The director is reluctant—he has …

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Sloane Stephens shows you don’t have to be aggressive to win a major

IN A US Open women’s singles event full of upsets and surprises, the most unexpected outcome of them all was the success of the American contingent. For the first time in 36 years, all four of the semi-finalists hailed from the host country. And in a departure from the results …

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Pierre Bergé was one half of an extraordinary fashion duo

PIERRE BERGÉ, Yves Saint Laurent’s one-time lover and lifelong business partner, was Diaghilev to YSL’s brilliant Stravinsky. A hard, demanding man, small of stature and in possession of a filthy temper, he was, to some, quite terrifying. Yet he was also a bold and successful businessman, a noted collector, a …

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Cricket’s future belongs to all-star Twenty20 clubs, not countries

CRICKETING aficionados had expected a record-shattering deal, and they were right. On September 4th the Indian Premier League (IPL), a domestic tournament which uses the abridged Twenty20 (T20) format, announced that it had signed a five-year contract worth $2.55bn for its worldwide broadcasting and digital rights. The $510m yearly fee …

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Is the Apple Watch now mightier than the bat?

AMONG the many traditions that players and coaches in North America’s Major League Baseball (MLB) have kept alive since the sport’s origins in the 19th century, perhaps the most devious is sign-stealing. Teammates routinely need to communicate on the field, above all so that catchers can tell pitchers what type …