What connects Paradise author Hanya Yanagihara to the CIA and a baby name book? | Hanya Yanagihara


A great life

The latest epic from Hanya Yanagihara, To Paradise stretches from 1893 to 2093 in imagined changing states of America. It also follows 2015’s ubiquitous A Little Life, which traumatized and fascinated readers alike. (It was 96 in the Guardian’s 100 best books of the 21st century.)

What connects Paradise author Hanya Yanagihara to the CIA and a baby name book?  |  Hanya Yanagihara
Two Paradise author Hanya Yanagihara also wrote A Little Life … Photo: Getty Images

Downtown mand

The cover of the American version of A Little Life featured a picture of a man who was apparently in despair or pain, but it actually has the title Orgasmic Man and is taken from a 1960s series on the theme of photographer Peter Hujar, which depicted the intrigues and explosions of life in downtown New York.

American photographer Peter Hujar poses for a portrait in May 1986 in Bayonne, New Jersey
… whose cover photo was taken by Peter Hujar … Photo: Getty Images

The game of the name

Hujar, who died in 1987 of AIDS-related pneumonia, is the subject of a recent book by Linda Rosenkrantz. On December 18, 1974, she asked Hujar to document everything that happened to him in one day – the couple then discussed it and recorded their conversation. The results have been transcribed in Peter Hujar’s day. Rosenkrantz is also a pioneer in the baby naming industry: in 1988, she and Pamela Redmond Satran published the name guide Beyond Jennifer & Jason.

Pamela Redmond Satran
… topic of a book by Linda Rosenkrantz who published Beyond Jennifer & Jason with Pamela Redmond Satran (above) … Photo: Getty Images

Get Short-ty

Redmond Satran’s novel Younger from 2005, about a woman in her 40s who pretends to be more youthful to get a beginner job in the publishing business, was turned into a TV series by Darren Star (Sex and the City, Emily in Paris et eel). starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff and Miriam Shor. The latter had a role in the Reagan-era spy drama The Americans, created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg.

Joe Weisberg
… whose novel Younger was televised and starred Miriam Shor, who also starred in The Americans, created by Joe Weisberg … Photo: Getty Images

To a T

Joe’s journalist brother, Jacob, is a co-founder of the podcast company Pushkin Industries. Jacob’s wife is Deborah Needleman, who from 2012 to 2016 was the editor of the New York Times’ T Magazine. In addition to writing novels that tear your heart out, Yanagihara is a journalist; in 2017, she took over the operation of T.

Deborah Needleman
… Whose brother Jacob is married to Deborah Needleman, editor of T Magazine before Hanya Yanagihara. Photo: Getty Images

Mating notes

Read Talk is Linda Rosencrantz ‘1968 “reality novel,” in which she taped and transcribed hours of conversations with friends and documented several lives from 1960s New York bohemians.

Eat The Instagram account @toparadisenovel has been lagging details in the book, including a recipe for “broiled raccoon with lovage and grits”. Delicious.

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