A Magazine Editor Follows Her Analyst’s Advice

The result: Natasha Lyonne on the cover.

TabletYentlCoverAlana Newhouse, the editor in chief of Tablet magazine, has much to celebrate this month. On Sept. 19, her publication will hold a special event marking its first year in print, and for the 2016 Rosh Hashanah edition, she wrangled actress Natasha Lyonne on the cover. In full Yentl mode (click image to enlarge).

As Newhouse explains in her Editor’s Letter, she has been harboring in recent months her own version of Jack Nicholson’s what-if-this-is-as-good-as-it-gets? That feeling played an instrumental role:

I’ve been carrying around this anxiety for months, and so I couldn’t help but bring it to our photo shoot with Natasha Lyonne—an actress I’ve long admired for the combination of intellectual sharpness, magnetic vulnerability, and unpredictable bitchiness that I’ve flattered myself into believing is the mark of all former yeshiva girls. In fact, a smart analyst might even say it was this anxiety that inspired me to approach her for the cover in the first place. (OK, fine. A smart analyst did say that.)

Ha ha. Lyonne channeled Barbra Streisand’s 1983 movie to address these uncertain times, the idea of how women and Jews react to change, and more. There are other photos from the “Yentl 4Eva”  cover shoot here.

Rosh Hashanah this year begins Oct. 2 and ends Oct. 4.

H/T: Mark Oppenheimer