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New York Magazine Rolls out Jewish Lampshade Cover Story Just in Time for Rosh Hashanah

The way I see it, New York Magazine had two choices for the cover of their most current issue: the profile of cougar queen/ping-pong aficionado Susan Sarandon, or the story of the lampshade that was supposedly made from the skin … Read More

By / September 8, 2010

The way I see it, New York Magazine had two choices for the cover of their most current issue: the profile of cougar queen/ping-pong aficionado Susan Sarandon, or the story of the lampshade that was supposedly made from the skin of Jews who were held in Buchenwald.

New York chose the latter.

Don’t get me wrong: "Skin" is a great article.  The subject matter is obviously creepy and sad, and it worked as a great preview of Mark Jacobson’s forthcoming book, The Lampshade.  My thing is, I’ve been really trying to picture the editorial meeting where it was decided to make this the cover story. 

Just an idea:

Editor: "So next week is the Jewish New Year, we need a Jewish cover story."

Writer: "I know this guy who’s writing a book on a lampshade that was maybe made out of the skin of Jews."

Editor: "Interesting.  What could we do for the cover?"

Art Director: " I dunno.  Maybe just text?  Make sure the word "Jew" is in there.  Also "skin of Jews," and don’t forget "Hitler". 

Editor: "Bingo."

Don’t know if this is exactly how it went down, but as somebody who’s sat in on a few editorial meetings in his lifetime, I’m guessing this might look something like the very condensed version.