The Winter of Her Despair
A symbol of strength for a traumatized nation in the winter of 1963–64, Jacqueline Kennedy was in fact falling apart—grieving and endlessly reliving her husband’s assassination, afflicted with what we’d now call post-traumatic stress disorder. Barbara Leaming, adapting her new biography, uncovers what was known to few outside the former First Lady’s inner circle: the nightmares, the drinking, the suicidal thoughts, but also the unexpected gesture that helped save her sanity.
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Lena Dunham Takes the Proust Questionnaire
What is your idea of perfect happiness?Unmade bed surrounded by books, writing utensils, and the dog; a plate of demolished toast with butter on my chest; loved ones puttering not too close but not too far.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’m quite frugal, but my dog has a whole staff.
Which living person do you most despise? That bitch knows who she is.
What is your motto? (Shrugs) “I didn’t ask to be born.”
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Illustration by Risko.
Everyone Into the Pool!
Republicans were relying on health-care reform to bring down the president. Instead, people are signing up in droves. But after testing the system, Michael Kinsley—with his own serious, incurable, and expensive pre-existing condition—zeroes in on Obamacare’s core contradiction.
Illustration by Barry Blitt.