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Dahl, Maps, The Royal Tenenbaums

August 14, 2012 | by

  • The new Vogue features contemporary authors as members of Edith Wharton’s circle and was shot at the Mount. Look for Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Junot Díaz as Henry James, Morton Fullerton, and Walter Van Rensselaer Berry. (Wharton herself is played by model Natalia Vodianova.)
  • Essential cartography books.
  • Bookshelf of the day: a literary staircase.
  • The hundred best-selling British books of all time. (The usual suspects, plus Eats, Shoots and Leaves.)
  • The books from The Royal Tenenbaums, actualized.
  • “For material things, we were fortunate, but it was not a happy beginning to my life.” Tessa Dahl talks about the difficulties of growing up with her famous father. Perhaps sensationalism is no shock in The Daily Mail, but we defy you not to be taken aback by Roald’s penchant for home-medicating his children.
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    5 COMMENTS

    5 Comments

    1. GiovanniGF | August 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Nice to see all those male writers in the photos. I guess Wharton is played by model because Vogue doesn’t know any contemporary women writers?

    2. Elizabeth Macyshyn | August 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      The fact that Edith Wharton is played by a model is infuriating. If we’re having Junot Diaz as Henry James, Why not Zadie Smith as Edith Wharton? Not to mention countless others such as Jennifer Egan, Karen Russel, Téa Obreht, Jesmyn Ward, Audrey Niffenegger, Gillian Flynn, and that’s just off the top of my head!

      I understand Vogue is a fashion magazine that is more likely to feature a model than a writer, but then this whole thing should have been cast entirely with models or entirely with authors, otherwise it just appears sexist.

    3. jodi holiday crozer | August 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      I agree with Elizabeth. I am infuriated as well and would like to voice my concerns to Vogue. I was initiated very excited about this project and now I’m stunned how narrow minded and sexist this project has turned out. Tsk tsk Vogue you have indeed have stunned us.

    4. FLT | August 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      I think this is a beautiful layout, but the fact that this is “Edith Wharton-inpired” and features only male writers is completely insulting.

      The idea is great. The execution of it is TERRIBLE. The only women are models or actresses.

    5. Finn | August 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      I predict that in the future the society will dispense completely with writers of books. Nobody will read; and there will be sub-literate models who can professionally pose as the great authors of the past in magazines like Vogue. Now lo and behold, it looks like we’re half way there.

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