Flair magazine is back. Again, we mean. Rizzoli just released an updated re-edition of The Best of Flair, the Nineties compilation of the much-celebrated (albeit short-lived) Fifties glossy, and in an age where digital reigns over print, there’s something refreshing about flipping through it now. The volume recreates many of the magazine’s tactile experiences, including peek-a-boo die-cut covers, special papers, and booklet and accordion inserts. Then there’s the incredible constellation of talent Editor Fleur Cowles wrangled for its pages: Tennessee Williams, Lucien Freud, Walker Evans, Tallulah Bankhead and Gypsy Rose Lee, among many others. Literature, art, decor, travel — Flair covered it all, with smarts, lavish visuals and humor.
Of course, in keeping with this week’s Time Issue, we’re putting the spotlight on one of the regular columns called “It’s About Time,” an op-ed of sorts for personalities — ranging from Simone de Beauvoir and Margaret Mead to George Bernard Shaw and Ogden Nash — to get things off their chest. “It’s about time women put a new face on love,” wrote de Beauvoir. “Is it not possible to conceive a new kind of love in which both partners are equals — one not seeking submission to the other?” Nash countered with his own two cents, in poem form — “The battle of the sexes can be a most enjoyable scrimmage/If you’ll only stop trying to create women in your own image” — while Claire Booth Luce made her essay all about time itself: “The clock is the engine of engines, the mother and mistress of machines…. It’s about time we realize, the hour we do not spend in living for our own work or a neighbor’s cause — that is the hour that spends us.”
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