Inner beauty wants out. Eighteen-year-old Becky Randle is an ordinary girl who receives an impossible offer. She meets Tom Kelly, the world's top designer, and he promises to create three dresses to transform her from a nothing-special girl into the Most Beautiful Woman Who Ever Lived. Becky thinks Tom is a lunatic, or that he's producing a hidden camera show called World's Most Gullible Poor People. But she accepts, and she's remade as Rebecca.
"Modern Day Fairytale"
My name is Caitlin, and up until 48 hours ago, I had never: tasted alcohol, kissed a boy, sang in public at the top of my lungs, kidnapped anyone, or - what? Stolen a convertible? Now I'm in jail, and I have no idea what I'm going to tell: the police, my parents, the mayor, all of those camera crews, and everyone on Twitter. I have just noticed that: my nose is pierced, and I have - wait? Is that a tattoo? I blame one person for this entire insane weekend: my famous cousin.
A hilariously funny, touching, and revelatory book from one of America's preeminent humorist. In his plays, his screenplays, and his writing for The New Yorker and Premiere, Paul Rudnick has established himself as a comic master whose talents transcend genre. Now, in I Shudder, he trains his wickedly perceptive eye on everything from his New Jersey family to Hollywood to demented alcoholic Broadway stars waving swords.
"Beautiful and funny"
"War and Words" by Hendrik Hertzberg, "Trump v. Trump" by Mark Singer; "Postscript" by Paul Rudnick; "The Believer" by Jeffrey Goldberg; "Million-Dollar Murray" by Malcolm Gladwell; "Bauer Power" by Nancy Franklin; and "Home and Abroad" by David Denby.
"Some Nukes" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Cruise Control" by Ben McGrath; "After Stevens" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Everybody Have Fun" by Elizabeth Kolbert: "Pioneer" by John McPhee; "Don't Ask Me" by Paul Rudnick; "The Long War" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
There are six articles in the second part of this double issue: "Twilight of the Books", by Caleb Crain; "Visual Trophies", by John Updike; "Squall Lines", by James Wood; "Alma", by Junot Díaz; "The Arbus Factor", by Lore Segal; and "I Hit Hamlet", by Paul Rudnick.
"Insurrection" by Nicholas Lemann; "Pump Pressure" by James Surowiecki; "Gone With the Surge" by Peter J. Boyer; "Intelligent Design" by Paul Rudnick; "The Kingdom" by Michael Specter; "Mammy for the Masses" by Hilton Als; and "Seeing Stars" by Nancy Franklin.
There are eight articles in this edition: "The Minsky Moment", by John Cassidy; "Aces", by James McManus; "Beppe's Inferno", by Tom Mueller; "Death in Georgia", by Jeffrey Toobin; "I'll Be a Monkey's Agent", by Paul Rudnick; "Welling Up", by Alex Ross; "Patients, Patients", by Nancy Franklin; and "Young and Restless", by David Denby.
"Desolation Rows" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Shredding Party" by Robert Sullivan; "The Starting Gate" by Jeffrey Goldberg; "First Love" by Paul Rudnick; "Playoffs" by Shalom Auslander; "Prisoners" by Joan Acocella; and "Friends and Enemies" by David Denby.
"Hot Topic" by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Book 'Em Party" by Ben McGrath; "Disappearing Act" by John Lahr; "Sheepish" by Paul Rudnick; and "Two Heads" by Larissa MacFarquhar.
"Remains of the Days" by Adam Gopnik; "Reasonable Panic" by James Surowiecki; "The Denialists" by Michael Specter; "Inappropriate" by Paul Rudnick; "The Unthinkable" by Steve Coll; and "Fear Factor" by Sasha Frere-Jones.
"Deluded" by Steve Coll; "The S.A.T.'s Watchdog" by David Owen; "Printing Money" by James Surowiecki; "My Billy" by Paul Rudnick; "Citizen Penn" by John Lahr; "On Top" by Sasha Frere-Jones: Mariah Carey's record-breaking career; and "Tobacco and Drugs" by David Denby.