From platforms to pornography. there are few topics New Yorker staff writer Judith Thurman hasnt touched on during her two-decade tenure at the magazine.
Fuelled by her fascination with vanity, femininity and desire, Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire is a brilliant collection of essays on fleeting fads (tofu), fashion icons (Coco Chanel) and charming personal vignettes (an evening with Jackie Onassis).
Diane Arbus, Elsa Schiaparelli, Rei Kawakubo and Charlotte Brontë are all featured in this fascinating composite of 20 years worth of cultural critiquing.
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