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Judith Thurman is the author of Isak Dinesen:The Life of a Storyteller, which won the 1983 National Book Award for Non-Fiction, and was the basis for Sydney Pollack’s Oscar-winning film Out of Africa; Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, which won the Salon and Los Angeles Times book awards for biography; and Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire, a collection of essays and profiles, which was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. Thurman has been a Staff Writer and cultural critic at The New Yorker since 2000. She lives in Manhattan.