A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Geoff Dyer has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the E. M. Forster Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and, in 2015, the Windham Campbell Prize for nonfiction. The author of four novels and nine works of nonfiction, Dyer is writer in residence at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. His books have been translated into 24 languages.
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Alice Newell-Hanson was born in Oxford, England, and now lives in New York. She is an editor at i-D magazine (which was also born in England), where she writes about fashion and culture. She was previously an editor at Condé Nast Traveler, and she sometimes writes about interesting places for T. For this issue of VICE, to chart the rise of the bucket hat, she spoke with an accessories professor at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, trawled YouTube for early hip-hop videos, and watched Gilligan's Island for the first time.
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Swiss artist Namsa Leuba's diverse photographic practice examines the representation of African identity through the Western imagination. Spanning documentary, fashion, and performance, her work explores signs and symbols of her cultural heritage. Her photographs have been published in Foam, Numéro, Interview, and Wallpaper*. In 2013, she won the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Festival. In 2015, she was nominated for the Prix Pictet Award, and she showed work at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain.
Mallika Rao writes about questions of identity and how belief systems shape the way we see ourselves in the world. She's also an illustrator. Her words and drawings have appeared, or are forthcoming, on the websites of the New Yorker, New York magazine, Jezebel, Rolling Stone, and the Huffington Post, where she was a staff reporter and editor for four years. For this issue of VICE, she ate Jewish food and drank sake with the artist Chloe Wise, and the two talked about hedonism and the internet.
Cover photographer and recent School of Visual Arts graduate Tim Schutsky has been steadily climbing the photo-world ladder, most recently making work for Kaleidoscope and Bloomberg Businessweek. This is the first time he has been published in VICE, but he's taking up a lot of real estate for good reason. His Lynchian perspective applies nicely across a range of subjects, and we think you'll agree when you see both his personal work and his documentation of the mysterious Ancient White Park cattle later in this issue.
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