Isak Dinesen earned international fame for Seven Gothic Tales and Out of Africa, and other stories that skillfully combine elements of fable, social conflict, and psychological drama. She was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. Yet the story of her life - her travels, affairs, and friendships - remains the greatest story of all.
This special super-sized issue contains ten articles about the people who gather, make, cook, serve, and eat food that is so mundane you might not give it a second thought - and so exotic you might not give it a first taste.
A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of 20th-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar. Now, in Judith Thurman's Secrets of the Flesh, Colette at last has a biography worthy of her dazzling reputation.
Modelling can be a tricky business for Muslim women who cover up. Judith Thurman visits Nailah Lymus, the head of a new modelling agency that represents the modestly dressed, and admires the bright, bold hijabs Lymus designs. Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, joins David Remnick in a discussion about her new show, I Love Dick. And two fans of the guitarist John Fahey mourn his difficult life and celebrate his transformational music.
In this issue: "Harsh Talk" by Margaret Talbot; "Women's Work" by Rebecca Mead; "The Gene Hackers" by Michael Specter; "The Invisible Library" by John Seabrook; "Silent Partner" by Judith Thurman; and "Human Bondage" by Anthony Lane.
"Choke", by Anthony Lane; "A Man in the Kitchen", by Donald Antrim; "Tasteless", by David Sedaris; "Spice Routes", by Jane Kramer; "The Fast Lane", by Judith Thurman; and "Three Chopsticks", by Calvin Trillin
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Modelling can be a tricky business for Muslim women who cover up. Judith Thurman visits Nailah Lymus, the head of a new modelling agency...
"The Forty-Year Itch", by Adam Gopnik; "Tax Day", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Prodigy", by Christopher Noxon; "Battleground America", by Jill Lepore; "Drawn from Life", by Judith Thurman; and "Jammin’", by Anthony Lane.
"Electoral Dissonance", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "A Deadly Misdiagnosis", by Michael Specter; "Long Time Coming", by Alec Wilkinson; "The Cleopatriad", by Judith Thurman; and "Mush!", by Nancy Franklin.
"Discriminating Tastes", by Kelefa Sanneh; "The Price of the Ticket", by John Seabrook; "The Courthouse Ring", by Malcolm Gladwell; "Wilder Women", by Judith Thurman; "One of the Boys", by Tad Friend; and "Lightened Loads", by Anthony Lane.
"Too Much Information" by James Surowiecki; "Ready, Set, Rample" by Judith Thurman; "Barefootin'" by Lauren Collins; "Where Hip-Hop Lives" by Ben McGrath; "Fighting Faiths" by George Packer; and "Going Long" by John Cassidy.
"Untransformed" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Wagers of Sin" by James Surowiecki; "Bag Lady" by Andrea Lee; "Rag Time" by Calvin Trillin; "Dressed for Excess" by Judith Thurman; "Backstage Angst" by Tad Friend; and "Dream On" by Anthony Lane.
"Zoo York", by Lauren Collins; "Inflated Fears", by James Surowiecki; "Super-Soaker", by Robert Sullivan; "Road Trip", by Tad Friend; "Lady of the House", by Dana Goodyear; "Happy Feet", by Alexandra Jacobs; "Missing Woman", by Judith Thurman; and "High Fidelity", by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Transitioning", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Drank", by Ben McGrath; "Cuz", by Lauren Collins; "Baby Food", by Jill Lepore; "Spreading the Word", by Judith Thurman; "My Holocaust Memoir", by Ben Greenman; "Altered States", by Nancy Franklin; "Che's Way", by Anthony Lane.