With yellow-vest protests roiling France, Italian populists threatening an “Italexit” from the European Union, and a Chinese financial slowdown threatening the world economic system, he and Ms. Stanley, 63, imagine that American readers which are extra than ever in issues overseas. “Trump has gone so inward, so nationalistic, that readers are rebelling by going more global,” she mentioned by phone.
Brexit is an apparent instance. “To most Americans, Brexit is both an important but confusing story, that unfolds in a different direction every single week,” Mr. Carter mentioned. That is why the duo has commissioned Francis Wheen, from Private Eye, the satirical British information publication, to write down a humorous column known as This Week in Brexit.
But Air Mail doesn’t search to compete with, say, Foreign Affairs, the international-relations journal revealed by the Council on Foreign Relations. “This is not homework,” Ms. Stanley mentioned.
Rather, it ought to really feel like “a calm read for a weekend, where you may stay in bed for two hours,” studying about meals, movie and soccer, which is “bigger than Norad and NATO and the United Nations,” Mr. Carter mentioned.
One would possibly pretty count on any publication of his to comprise a minimum of a smattering of aristocrats-behaving-badly tales, like the ones Mr. Carter used to search out in overseas newspapers to pursue for Vanity Fair. But “there’s not much in the way of high-end scandal in America right now,” he mentioned. “We’re going through a drought of rich people knifing each other, or shooting each other, or cheating each other.”
What about the British royal household? “Unless Meghan Markle starts strangling Prince Philip or something,” he mentioned, “I have no interest in them.”