From the Editor
THE YEAR IS ENDING not with a whimper but a bang – a continuation of the ongoing cacophony that defined 2018, brought on by fissures in the public square and status quo we have not seen for decades. As evidenced by the record amount of diverse females who have surfed the blue wave into American political office in their recent mid-term elections, women have led the way. Though refusing to be conscripted into running for office, former first lady Michelle Obama, whose memoir Becoming is the most anticipated book of the year, has also emerged as a leading voice due to her indelible statement “When they go low, we go high,” which has so succinctly met the moment. Obama’s inspiring story of aspiration, achievement and amazing grace under pressure will be a salve for these times. But for a primer on the history that has brought us here, I recomend the latest book by New York magazine columnist Rebecca Traister: Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger.
One woman who has every right to be enraged is our cover subject, Tina Turner. After years of abuse and trauma, she took back her power and her career, only to later in life face setbacks that could have led to her losing it all. Anger may be a necessary tool of needed disruption and reform but, in the personal sphere, it can be corrosive and toxic. As Tina recounts in her new book, it was not anger but love that has helped her survive and thrive – fittingly, it’s called My Love Story: A Memoir. Bryan Adams’ photographs of Tina for our cover story ( Tina!, page 29) capture her transcendent spirit and inner joy. Here, I interview him on their decades-long collaboration and friendship.