Lana Re­turns

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Lana Del Rey’s latest disc,

has the mys­te­ri­ous crooner do­ing what she does best: smoul­der. Songs that fol­low the ar­dent

ti­tle track of the al­bum con­tinue to riff on Del Rey’s long-stand­ing love of epic cin­e­matic sound­tracks, beat po­etry and all that be­guil­ing— and un­abashed—bad girl lust she’s built up through

the years. Au­thor Julie Mur­phy’s latest pro­tag­o­nist, Wil­lowdean (Will), is far from a beauty queen and, frankly, doesn’t care to be one. In Mur­phy’s novel, DUMPLIN’, Will bat­tles the stigma of be­ing an over­sized teen who tries to main­tain a spir­ited self-es­teem. Clar­ity kicks in and she de­liv­ers the type of speech that Oprah would clap for: “All my life I’ve had a body worth com­ment­ing on and if liv­ing in my skin has taught me any­thing, it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to com­ment on.” Amen. One of Toronto’s most his­toric ho­tels, THE OMNI KING ED­WARD HO­TEL has been a celebrity hide­away since it opened its doors in 1903. Aside from the hand­ful of royal fam­ily mem­bers who’ve dropped in, the luxe ho­tel, which re­cently un­der­went a $40-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion, is packed with all-star anec­dotes. Among the newly re­stored mar­ble pil­lars and crown mould­ings is where Richard Bur­ton fa­mously pro­posed to El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. The Bea­tles also had a mo­ment in the now-ren­o­vated lobby: So many fans came to see them, the fab four had to es­cape out the back door. Heads of state—in­clud­ing Trudeau and Mul­roney—have also met over de­li­cious meals (the high tea is one of Toronto’s finest lux­u­ries). An em­pir­i­cal pal­ette of sil­ver, black and re­gal red (best seen in the 1,800-square-foot Royal Suite, which goes for $3,000 per night) has changed the ho­tel’s decor, but the im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice re­mains un­touched. —E.I.



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