The Abortionist

Doc moves quickly. He takes off his windbreaker, tosses his leather bag on the counter and unzips it. He pulls out a slate-blue polyester vest, V-necked, with six buttons. He raises his arms and jumps into it and then says, with an air of deep satisfaction, "Aah." Doc is proud of his bulletproof vest.

First Impressions

The discovery of 30,000-year old, perfectly preserved cave paintings in southern France offer a glimpse into a world that 21st-century humans can never hope to understand. The article that inspired Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”

The 2011 National Magazine Award Winners

As announced last night. Click here for the full list of nominees.

  1. Personal Service: I Want My Prostate Back (Laurence Roy Stains, Men’s Health)

  2. Public Interest: Letting Go (Atul Gawande, New Yorker)

  3. Reporting: The Guantánamo ‘Suicides’ (Scott Horton, Harper’s)

  4. Feature Writing: The End (Ben Ehrenreich, Los Angeles)

  5. Profile Writing: The Man the White House Wakes Up To (Mark Leibovich, NYT Magazine)

  6. Essays and Criticism: Mister Lytle: An Essay(John Jeremiah Sullivan, The Paris Review)

The Story of V

Justin Vivian Bond found downtown fame as Kiki DuRane, decrepit drag chanteuse and comedic prophet of gay rage born out of the AIDS era. Then he killed Kiki to try to become the woman (and man) he always wanted to be.